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AT&T’s Aio Wireless Prepaid Service Goes Nationwide in September

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AT&T announced last night that their Aio prepaid wireless service will go nationwide in mid-September. This nationwide rollout is great news to those of you looking for affordable prepaid plans with access to AT&T’s 4G LTE network. Currently, Aio Wireless is only available in Florida, Texas, Atlanta, and Chicago.  

Plans start range in price from $40 to $70, all of which offer unlimited talk, text, and data – yes, data. They are similar in a way to T-Mobile’s new plans in that you get unlimited everything, but only set amounts of data at full LTE speeds. For example, the $40 plan gives you unlimited data, but only 250MB of it are at full speed. After you hit that cap, you are throttled down. Aio Wireless also includes a $55 plan with 2GB of full speed data or a $70 plan with 7GB of high speed data.

Once the service goes live in September, Aio Wireless will kick of a Fall promotion that will give customers their 3rd month of service free as long as they sign up before September 29.

As someone on a month-to-month AT&T plan, I can tell you right now that I’ll be looking into these once they are live.

Via:  ATT

  • Jeremy Gross

    does it throttle down to hspa+?

  • Shaggy723

    I’m currently using my nexus on AT&T’s go phone $40 plan which includes 500 minutes of talk time/unlimited text/200mb of data. I live in a pretty rural area but I get phenomenal service. These AIO plans sound very tempting.

  • Tadeus

    Huh, I am not totally aware of the situation with carriers and prices in the U.S., but in Europe a 250MB-full-speed (then unlimited) prepaid plan for $40 would be cause of national riots and such, in most countries you get 1GB-full-speed (then unlimited) for like … 10€, you need some real Vodafone over there…

  • TylerCameron

    Why do US carriers feel the need to pour more money into different prepaid brands? It seems like it’d be cheaper if they just did things like T-Mobile, under one brand.

  • Rob Delaney

    $70 for 7GB. T-mo still has you beat AT&T

    • zurginator

      AT&T does kick T-Mobile’s ass when it comes to coverage though – that’s what you’re paying for.

      Still, I hope to see another price cut here, or T-Mobile improving their network… West coast seems to be pretty bad when it comes to T-Mobile.

      • Rob Delaney

        True it depends on your area.

  • coolsilver

    Aio I say Hell No

  • Tony Stark

    No family plan… boo

  • Tony Stark

    I wonder if ATT will take this AIO adventure seriously and consider switching to a T-Mobile model.

  • HitokiriX

    I’m in Korea right now and I get 300 international minutes, unlimited calling/texting within korea, 12GB of LTE and unlimited 3G thereafter for around 90 bucks…. and that includes the 40 a month paying off my S4 LTE-A. I’m gonna hate coming back to the US

  • ssl48

    Does anyone know what speeds you get on the Go-Phone plan?

    • Zach Armstrong

      I’m getting 7mbs on HSPA+ on the Gophone Plan

  • drklahn

    One thing to note is Aio pings are rather high (250-500 ms). Also, traditional att traffic has priority. There been quite a few times I was knocked down to hspa from LTE.

    • ssl48

      As long as it isn’t dropped down to EDGE I can live with that lol

      • drklahn

        I’ve done side by side tests with aio wireless on LTE vs T-Mobile hspa. Web pages consistently loaded faster on T-Mobile. Although, its not something you’ll notice normally. Yeah, if you’re in an edge area Aio is worth checking out.

  • ssl48

    This plan really has me intrigued. I live in a large city, but very often while on T-Mobile I still end up on EDGE somehow. I’ve reached my boiling point. I was going to purchase the Go-Phone plan, but 2GB is a small amount. I think I’ll wait a couple weeks and switch to this one. 7GB for $70 sounds good. Unlimited data isn’t useful when you’re very often on EDGE.

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    Does anyone know if you get full LTE speeds of 40Mbps+, and when you get throttled, is it to HSPA+ speeds or is it EDGE speeds?

    • ssl48

      It’s capped at 8Mbps on LTE. They haven’t yet announced what the speeds are once it’s throttled.

    • drklahn

      I’ve read some where throttled speeds are 256kbps. I can confirm when I burn through my 2gb.

      • ssl48

        On the Aio plan do you know if you’re allowed to stream video and music?

        • drklahn

          No issue with streaming audio and video at full speed. Havent tested streaming while on throttled speeds yet.

          Also, I was able to tether using Aio even though its explicitly banned by their Terms of Service.

          • ssl48

            Cool. Thanks!

    • Tyler Durden

      Nope. You only get 8.

  • Derek L.

    Here’s how I look at it… I’m trying out T-Mobile for a month, and if their coverage is as awful as I’m thinking it is, then AIO is the perfect route to go. I don’t have LTE in my area yet so I’m not worried about that. AT&T’s coverage is actually decent here so here’s hoping I can take advantage of that $70 for 7 GB!

    Anyone else here hate living in a smaller town/city where you only get VZW LTE and are waiting on everyone else to deploy/upgrade their network? :p

    • epps720

      If you don’t have LTE anyway, you’re probably better off looking at ST or Net10 where you’ll save $10 with the same service

      • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

        Yep…those both already use AT&T as a backend.

      • Derek L.

        The way I look at it is if ST/N10 still have a silent cap (ST throttles if you use so many GB in a week/month), then I’m better off with AIO for when LTE does get deployed here.

        You’re right though. It might not be worth it, but ST isn’t owned by AT&T and AIO is so there might be a higher priority to keep AIO’s service almost as good as GoPhone/contracted AT&T.. if that makes any sense.

  • duke69111

    What are ATT’s roaming costs/limits on the prepaid.

    • Ian

      What’s roaming?

      • duke69111

        I guess my question was, do the att prepaid plans roam at all on say T-Mobile, when att’s coverage is not available?

        • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

          Is that ever the case? haha

  • BlackTaxi2d

    good deal! they just opened a store in jacksonville and i was planning on hopping on when my contract expires from verizon on december 1st.

    NEW NEXUS + AIO – VERIZON !

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Sweet. Recently dumped Verizon. Had T-Mobile for a month. Loved the speeds when connected, but coverage didn’t work for me. AT&T coverage has been great for me. The $70 plan sounds too good to be true. Are the LTE Sims compatible with my N4? Thinking of getting a custom Moto-X and keeping the N4 as a backup. Thoughts?

    • ssl48

      You won’t get speeds above 8 mbps on Aio, that’s the catch.

      • Al-Burrit0

        so esentially its hspa+?

        • ssl48

          Yes, but they’re claiming it’s LTE.

          • Al-Burrit0

            haha its funny since in my area ATT only cover hspa+, would the speeds be about the same?

          • ssl48

            I would assume the speeds are comparable.

          • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

            Well, it can be true LTE and just throttled. But yeah…basically makes it equal to HSPA+ in the speed department. Although some people get way faster than that on HSPA+ in some areas.

  • Zach Armstrong

    For $5 dollars more you can get Gophone which gets you full speed LTE instead of being limited to a certain speed

    • Ian Smith

      link? are there data caps on that one like there are on Aio?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Gophone isn’t unlimited data though is it?

      • ssl48

        Go-Phone is capped at 2GB for $60. Aio is 7GB of high-speed data then the speeds slow down.

        • Zach Armstrong

          But on AIO you won’t get speeds above 8mbs That’s the only reason Gophone is better

          • ssl48

            Does anyone know what speeds you can achieve on Go-Phone? That’s what I’m trying to ascertain.

          • Zach Armstrong

            I don’t have a LTE phone but I have the $60 Gophone plan and I’m getting around 7mbs on HSPA+

          • ssl48

            Ok, thanks. That gives me a better understanding. It isn’t much different than the Aio speed.

          • MK17

            He said he is not on LTE, so you still have no idea how different the speeds are.

          • ssl48

            Oops you’re right.

          • Chris Hannan

            You don’t have an LTE phone so you’re not getting speeds faster than 8Mbps anyway.

            I don’t see why you would need faster than 8Mbps with only 2GB anyway. Web pages won’t load much faster if at all. You can stream audio and HD video. The only advantage to faster speeds than that is downloading large files, which you’re probably not doing much of since you only have 2GB.

            I’d rather save $5/month and not worry about running out of data (throttled data is better than no data) than have mostly pointless faster speeds, but more than that I’d rather spend $10 more and get an extra 5GB of 8Mbps speeds than have only 2GB total.

          • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

            Truth is that it depends on your area and the coverage AT&T provides. Some cities get crazy fast speeds, while other areas do not.

          • http://policydiary.com/ John S. Wilson

            I have Go Phone and average 10-17mbps. Sometimes it’s consistently better than my home speed. That being said, I think I’m gonna check out Aio. It’s unlimited and they have a cool app for account management. Go Phone requires website payment, and isn’t unlimited.

      • Zach Armstrong

        No its not They only thing better about it is you get data speeds faster than 8mbs

  • KoTiell

    Looks like I can finally get off Verizon and enjoy a true Nexus experience.

  • Ian Smith

    any advantages with these plans over T-Mobile’s Unlimited $70 plan?

    • Tyler Durden

      If you’re covered by T-Mobile, you’ll get faster speeds.

      • Ian Smith

        gotcha.

      • Chris Hannan

        Sometimes*

    • drklahn

      Att coverage is the main advantage. Also, Aio plan prices include taxes and fees. Also Aio plans are single line. So, you don’t get T-Mobile multi line discount.

  • Corey Foltman

    i will definitely leave Net10 for this…unlimited data how i’ve missed you… yes, i know there is a tmo option for Net10, but their coverage is too spotty

    • OligarchyAmbulance

      Unlimited data? This isn’t unlimited data.

      • Justin W

        … Yes it is. They throttle you off LTE, but it’s still unlimited data.

        • OligarchyAmbulance

          Where in the article does it say unlimited?! It says there are plans for 250MB, 2GB, and 7GB. None of those is unlimited.

  • Tyler Durden

    I read the LTE is limited to 8mbps or however you spell it

    • Zach Armstrong

      Yes your LTE is limited to a certain speed That’s why I went with the AT&T Gophone with LTE you get full speed LTE on that

      • Tyler Durden

        Guess I’ll stick to Verizon til my contract is up then get unlimited with faster speeds at T-Mobile. Don’t see the point of limited the speeds.

        • Patrick Crumpler

          Currently topping out at around similar speeds on my GoPhone plan. But limited to 2gig. So if this reverts back to HSPA+ after the 250 it’ll give me piece of mind and save $10. Lol. I am so cheap after leaving Verizon.

  • PSU_DI

    Yes!!! I can finally leave VZW for a decent Prepaid option.

    • Droidzilla

      Not that this is bad, but how is it better than Straight Talk or Net10?

      • PSU_DI

        its almost impossible to get an AT&T SIM on straight talk and net10 anymore and since Tmobile coverage has crappy service where I live I was stuck. This is why I’ve been looking forward to AIO

        • Corey Foltman

          and net10 att shuts your data off after 1.5gb

          • Droidzilla

            Not anymore; that just changed. I’ve never used Net10, but I’m now considering it.

          • Corey Foltman

            that is awesome news! i have been cutting way back cause i dont want them shutting me off.

          • Droidzilla

            http://www.phonenews.com/net10-removes-att-data-caps-and-goes-back-to-unlimited-23238/

            Saw this yesterday and am now considering Net10. I’ll have two other lines and I think it’s $130 for three lines on a family plan. Still, don’t know what it’ll be like for tethering; I hear that’s still frowned on but it’s OK to do on T-Mobile (might go with them, too; have ST AT&T currently). With all of the carrier choices, ditching Verizon for a Nexus 4 is the best phone move I’ve ever made!

          • Corey Foltman

            ST and Net10 are the same exact thing except for prices

          • Droidzilla

            Why I love being contract free. Same service but less money? OK!

          • CasperTFG

            Reading one comment from the link quotes a conversation with a Net10 Rep who states TOS will be updated:

            “Tethering
            or using your mobile phone as a hotspot device is not allowed. Using
            pandora, netflix, youtube or any other streaming sites, heavy downloads
            is not allowed. Accessing a website for checking the data speeds on your
            phone also requires a large amount of data to load so it is also not
            allowed. Not logging out completely to Facebook or any other social
            sites is also a violation.”

          • Droidzilla

            Wow. If that’s the case, f Net10.

        • Droidzilla

          ST just opened up AT&T sims again and Net10 is now doing AT&T unlimited as well. Just FYI. Glad to see another player in the game, though, as I’m all prepaid since going with the Nexus 4. More competition is good!

          Straight Talk AT&T Micro SIM (in my zip code):
          http://www.shopstraighttalk.com/bpdirect/straighttalk/PhoneDetails.do?action=view&productVariantExtensionId=17638350

          Net10 AT&T SIM:
          http://www.net10byop.com/shop.php

          Might not be a micro SIM, but you can just cut it down to size (I did that with AT&T and T-Mobile SIMs).

        • Justin Kos

          I got one straight from the website last month, ST atnt

        • sant0s

          anyone know if the net10 pricing includes taxes? wife and i on ST pay $45+taxes each but on net10 family is $85 for 2 which would cut costs

      • epps720

        With AIO you get access to AT&T’s LTE network unline ST and Net10.

        • epps720

          I wonder if this includes taxes and fees? I currently have Ne10 and am contemplating if it’s worth the extra $10/month. Especially if the LTE speeds are capped

          • Patrick Crumpler

            Taxes on my current $60/ month GoPhone plan are $3.60/month. That’s it. None of those crazy surcharges that o had with post paid.

          • WickedToby741

            Taxes are included according to their website.

        • radiohead14

          i heard it’s capped at 8mbps tho?