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Aio Wireless Drops Plan Pricing, Tweaks Data Packages, and Hands Out $5 Discount for Autopay

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Aio Wireless announced this morning that it has dropped the rates of its plans while also upping the high-speed data caps of two. The new rates are as follows:  Basic ($40), Smart ($50), and Pro ($60). The Basic plan remains a feature phone only plan (now for smartphones too), with the Smart and Pro as your options for smartphones. 

The Basic plan now offers 500MB of high-speed data (up from 250MB), Smart has been bumped up to 2.5GB (from 2GB), and the Pro has been completely adjusted from 7GB to 5GB, but the price also dropped from $70 to $60.

If you want to drop your monthly bill lower than the $40, $50, and $60 price points, you can sign-up for Autopay and Aio will hack another $5 off. You could be paying as little as $45 per month for a smartphone and 2.5GB of data.

Even though Aio is owned by AT&T and has access to its 4G LTE network, the high-speed data maximum speed remains at 8 Mbps for your initial data allotment. After that, Aio will throttle the hell out of you until your month or billing cycle ends. Their plans are still considered “unlimited.”

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Back in November, we did a write-up for the best prepaid wireless options for unlocked phones, and Aio Wireless made our list. In fact, I’m still using it to this day with my Nexus 5. Outside of the slower data speeds, I have had no issues or reason to switch off of it. Now with these new prices, I may be here for a while.

On a related note, if you want to switch to any of these new plans, you can do so easily through your account. Once logged in, you should see a “View/change” plans button in the lower left. Tap that, then “Change plans” on the next page, and then find the new plan you want to switch to.

  • Ljffau

    I may try Aio soon. However I think ST is feeling the pinch, my hotspot started working on my phone with ST so that’s a huge plus for me.

  • mckbulldog02@aol.com

    The only thing im not used to yet is that I have to dial the area code for everyone even if they are local to me. on AT&T i never had to do that, you only had to dial the 7 digit number and on aio here in dayton, ohio makes u dial the area code + number

  • mckbulldog02@aol.com

    I actually lucked out on getting the $70 pro plan. I started to sign up online on Feb 1, 2014 and started the port process from AT&T, paid my first month and all that, then i had to wait til they shipped my sim card, i got that on feb 4, 2014… went back to aio website activated the phone and my AT&T was immediately shut off and services working with aio right away, i then noticed i seen that they changed thier plans. they said since i already placed my order prior to the switch i am still on that plan and dont have to switch, good thing i switched. i almost waited til my cycle ended at AT&T

  • HERDURR

    AIO Wireless goes through a proxy server and the minimum ping you will get to anything on the internet seems to be about 200ms. Compare this to around 65ms to local servers using ATT Gophone. Even though they use the same network Gophone gets direct access without a proxy and does not have the significant lag.

  • jnt

    I came across two articles today (both from Fierce Wireless) talking about how AT&T is going to discontinue Aio to focus on Cricket as their primary mvno going forward… FWIW.

  • artsr2002

    Does this offer LTE like Straight Talk does? AT&T just opened up LTE in my neck of the woods and this would be another nice option.

  • John Smith

    beware. AIO and Straight Talk make you go through a PROXY. AT&T GoPhone prepaid is on par with AT&T post paid.

    GoPhone customers ( since june 2013) are treated on par with postpaid at&t customers – they use the same apn settings. I specifically asked at&t tech support and was told that go phone customers are now on the same n/w as postpaid. This means that they should in theory have same access to roaming ( as long as the phone also supports roaming partner frequencies).

    Yeah, Aio customers have to go through a proxy. There’s a youtube video where a guy does a speedtest with an AT&T sim (i don’t remember if it was gophone or contract sim), and has a ping in the 60′s. He pops in Aio sim, and ping goes into the 200s.

    GoPhone doesn’t throttle your data speeds. 8mb/s is about the average HSPA+ speeds for AT&T in some areas. Their LTE is much faster, maybe more than twice or three times that….

  • middlehead

    They appear to have removed the “basic phone only” limit on the Basic plan. Their front page says “SMARTPHONE plans starting at $40″ and starting the buying process on that level includes smart phones as an option.

    I’ve been looking at switching and leaning towards Straight Talk over AIO, but I’m thinking AIO wins now.

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

    I really wish they didn’t throttle the LTE speeds.

  • PuttsMoBilesiCit

    Been happy with Straight Talk for the past 3 months on my Nexus 5 (AT&T SIM). Now that AIO dropped the price, is it worth the switch?

    • JMonkeYJ

      Sorry I’m not answering your question, but I think it’s thanks to competition from ST and the like that we’re getting this price drop! Very nice to see the pre-pay market getting competitive.

  • jnt

    Can someone smarter than me (which will be most!) explain how having an 8mb/s speed cap will really make a difference in normal day to day usage?

    • Ilya Kolodiychik

      It won’t unless you spend your time downloading large files. That’s about as fast as most home basic internet connections (at least here in the North East). If you’re just doing email, YouTube, Facebook and/or Instagram, it’s more than enough.

      • jnt

        That’s what I was thinking, but wanted to make sure I was on track. Aio’s coverage map is basically identical to AT&T’s, so this is very tempting…

        • Ilya Kolodiychik

          I went from Sprint ($80/month – No 4G at the time and years behind AT&T and Verizon) to AT&T ($130/month but AMAZING service). I then decided I didn’t want to pay almost double my Sprint bill so I heard about AIO and signed up like 9 months ago. Haven’t looked back since. Had to pay some money to get out of my AT&T contract, but I’ll never sign another phone contract again.

          I have no issues with AIO. For the money I pay, it’s amazing.

  • ynksbsbll2

    How does Aio fare with MMS messages? I’m on Straight Talk and it used to work fine, but now I can neither send nor receive them despite trying multiple APNs

    • Al-Burrit0

      I have ATT and aio runs under ATT and I have trouble with MMS as well. I send MMS and its received 12 hours later. -.-

    • Dan K.

      My LG G2 activated and setup just fine, have never had a single issue. With the wife’s Atrix HD, I spent over a week trying settings, no MMS, intermittent texts, and trying every suggested APN on the net. Factory reset twice thinking it might be the phone. Customer service was useless. I finally ordered a replacement SIM, switch the number to it, and everything is fine. It did take a couple hours for all settings to kick in though.

    • Retro

      Works perfectly fine though the APN settings at first were a little tricky. Now they are sent & received as fast as when I was on AT&T.

  • Trysta

    So tempting. Only thing stopping me is that T-mobile has been good to me and I know that the only reason AT&T is offering these great off contract prices is because of the pressure T-mobile has put on the market. I also like the idea of having free international roaming (although I haven’t put this to the test yet).

    But still sometimes…the idea of AT&T coverage + a lower monthly bill…

  • Derek L.

    Oh boy… And I wanted to switch my family over to AT&T’s new Famly Mobile Value Share Data With Unlimited Stuff plan! I’m not sure what I think anymore!

  • Foo

    So how is this compared to Straight Talk? Looks like both offer 2.5GB and unlimited text/call for $45 (after the $5 AiO discount).

    • Derek L.

      The main difference is you’re throttled on AIO, and it is a flat $45. Straight Talk you aren’t throttled, but you pay tax on top of that $45 which ends up making AIO cheaper actually.

      • Foo

        I see, so it’s throttling vs tax, and I guess AT&T vs T-Mo, right? Gonna have to test coverage at the house

        • Boblank84

          straight talk uses t-mo or att which ever you prefer.

          • Foo

            Oh? I didn’t realize that! That’s interesting then. Just got a GSM Moto X, receiving it soon.

          • Foo

            Here’s a question: once you are on the straight talk plan, can you just switch AT&T and T-Mo freely, or is it complicated?

          • Boblank84

            just need a tmo or att sim. you probably have to wait until your services ends for the month to switch, unless you want to renew service early. also you would have to port your number from one sim to another.

          • Foo

            Sorry if too many questions, but I don’t know a whole lot about this topic. I thought Straight Talk had their own SIMs – do I first have to get a T-Mo or AT&T sim instead? Also, how do I go about keeping my VZW number when getting a new SIM?

          • Boblank84

            they have their own. a different one that works on att and one that works on tmo. you can go to walmart and get a pack with one month of service and a sim for each carrier for about 55.00

          • Foo

            Oh, that’s great! Getting AT&T coverage would be amazing, at least judging by coverage maps on T-Mo and AT&T websites – AT&T has way more coverage in the region it seems. I thought I would have to go with T-Mo, but I was skeptical about getting good enough coverage.

        • Derek L.

          It is actually your first argument. Do you care for throttling or do you care about tax?

          • Foo

            Yeah, guess I’ll have to test and find out how much actual bandwidth I’d use. Mostly want to stream google music occasionally and be able to browse the web, run GPS – basic stuff for the most part. Not sure if that needs more than 8mbps

          • Derek L.

            I have AIO, and I’ve honestly not had a problem with the service. Yeah, I’m hard capped at 4 MB/s on HSPA, but I’ve never really felt like I needed a faster connection. The only issue I have with AIO is the fact that even though you do get LTE, there is a noticeable lag when it comes to loading something. Essentially, AIO goes through a proxy and then back to where ever you were going which is what causes that lag. I’ve never said, “Wow, look at the LTE speed.” Maybe if you aren’t throttled/proxied, it is a better LTE experience.

          • Foo

            Nice, thank you for the info! Still shopping around, pretty exciting not being on a Verizon 2-year anymore

          • Derek L.

            Not a problem! I was on VZW for about 10 years, and last August, I made the switch to prepaid, and I’ve not looked back. Only problem is, I’m deciding what is best and easiest for the family, and that looks to be AT&T’s new plans + my work discount.

  • http://androidandme.com/ Taylor Wimberly

    Odd to see them changing prices since the AIO brand is going away after AT&T completes their acquisition of Leap/Cricket.

    • Zach B.

      Maybe they’ve changed gears and are going with the AIO branding?

      • http://androidandme.com/ Taylor Wimberly

        Doubt anything has changed. Guess they are just testing out some new rate plans before changing the name over.

        “After the merger is approved, all Aio stores will be rebranded under the new Cricket brand.”

        • Zach B.

          That makes sense, I guess. Maybe these are the rates they intend to use after the switch. It would allow them to say something along the lines of “New name, same price”

          • http://androidandme.com/ Taylor Wimberly

            These are actually very similar to the Cricket plans. Cricket has $50/2.5GB, $60/5GB, and $70/10GB. Hope the new combined company keeps the $70/10GB plan, and also offers the cheaper $40/500MB.

          • Zach B.

            $70 for 10GB? I did not know this. I do hope they hang on to that for when Verizon inevitably takes my unlimited data…

  • Philip J. Fry

    I have been happy with aio for 3 months now on my nexus 5, don’t see myself leaving anytime soon.

  • Chris Wallace

    And if you are already using the 7gb pro do you automatically get dropped to 5gb?..

    • monkey082506

      No, I have a comment down further but basically your grandfathered in until you change it.

      • Chris Wallace

        At $70 still?

        • monkey082506

          Yes, AutoPay discount only applies to new plans.

  • Boblank84

    does anyone have experience with aio vs. straight talk using att network. Using straight talk right now but curious if one gets better speeds than the other. Might try it for a month either way.

    • moelsen8

      might be worth it alone for any customer service differences, should you ever need to call one or the other..

      • Boblank84

        really don’t care about customer service, only speed. CS on sim only service is pretty unimportant to me. Curious if anyone has speed tests on aio vs st. in roughly the same location.

        • moelsen8

          interested in any speed and coverage differences too. i just meant if they were the same or similar, CS is something to think about. pretty unimportant to me as well, but i’ve watched a few friends and family deal with ST CS enough that i never want to have a problem that i would need their help for.

          • Casey

            Have been with Aio here in Dallas for about six months now and all in all am very happy. On LTE I average between 8 and 9 Mbps down and around 6 to 8 up. Ping time is usually between 100 and 150 ms. From my experience, all of those are a bit better than ST. Straight Talk is on the very bottom rung for access to the AT&T data network and Aio seems to be a step up for sure. I’ve used the service in Dallas, Austin, Houston, Atlanta, NYC, Denver, and the greater LA area with no issues. I’m sometimes tempted to switch to AT&T prepaid or T-Mobile for the higher data speeds, but 8 Mbps down really isn’t bad in everyday use and it’s hard to beat $55 a month … ever harder to beat the new $45 price!

          • moelsen8

            nice, thanks. you really think service is a notch above ST, or rephrased, what makes you think there’s a difference among MVNO’s or even aio?

          • Casey

            It’s hard to do an apples to apples comparison on stuff like this, of course, but I’d go with Aio over ST for sure. The ping times are, hands down, faster on Aio. I think it probably gets preferential treatment since it’s still ultimately an arm of AT&T. And with these new plans, it’s cheaper than ST. Like I said, being limited to 8 Mbps on an LTE network sucks in theory, I certainly understand the psychology of it, but in everyday use of streaming music, watching YouTube, downloading apps, checking email, browsing the web, etc. I’ve found it more than capable. Keep in mind, some people are still stuck on DSL for home internet access that’s A LOT slower than 8 Mbps!

          • moelsen8

            yeah i feel like ST data has been pretty bad for me in recent months. i have to toggle airplane mode all the time to get the connection working, just to load a webpage or something. it’s like it forgets it’s connected when you’re not using it or if you’re moving around. i’m really getting sick of that. for the price it hasn’t been a deal breaker but it’s nagging the hell out of me.

          • Casey

            I hear ya. That kinda stuff sucks! Super frustrating. Seems to me like giving Aio a try is a win/win for you. If you don’t like it, nothing lost. But my service with Aio (data flow, visual voicemail, etc.) has been as smooth and streamlined as it ever was with AT&T or T-Mobile. I haven’t had any of those weird little hiccups or annoyances that come with some prepaid services like ST. I feel like I’m getting the same level of service (just a bit slower) as I got with AT&T and T-Mo but just at half the price.

          • moelsen8

            oh wow nice. they have visual voicemail? that’s a nice touch, even if i’m using google voice primarily. i’m kind of wishing i hadn’t gone a little crazy with discounted service cards in the past. i’m on ST through the end of summer haha.

            edit: do they have anything that can show you your current usage?

          • Casey

            Yup, visual voicemail and everything works just like you’d gotten a phone directly from AT&T or T-Mo, they dropped their SIM in and you turned it on. For most phones, Aio even has their own carrier profile/firmware that loads all the settings for you. And yes, you can track current usage either online via their website or on their mobile app. All in all, a pretty slick little operation they’re running. That’s one thing I like about them versus ST … I never feel like I’m missing out on any of the “big carrier” conveniences just to save money.

          • moelsen8

            yeah wow that sounds nice. might be checking them out in the future.

    • Kevin Lauscher

      Great question. I have straight talk on my N5 using ATT towers and I have big time issues with push notificaitons (g voice and hangouts). They always come about 20 minutes late and I have lots of orange google service network connectivity. I wonder if switching to AIO would fix this. With that $5 autopay they are the same price (but don’t get unlimited throttle over 2.5 GB.).

      (looks like I’m not alone https://www.straighttalkwirelessforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=6792&t=1031291&sid=a316aa82e36a630e21c489781c78afdf&start=10 )

      • Boblank84

        i had similar issues but changed parts of the apn from the official apn settings on straight talks website. these seemed to help my hangout issues mainly mms issues for me. ill see if i can find a link to the apn settings im using.

        • Kevin Lauscher

          awesome, thanks for commenting, would appreciate a follow up.

        • moelsen8

          yes please, let us know if you’re using if they’re different than the official ones (tfdata one as of august 2013 or so)

      • PuttsMoBilesiCit

        I have the exact same setup as you, but have never experienced any of these issues. Maybe it’s just your area?

  • LP @ThisisEther

    ahhhhh the JOYS of being contract free…I can try this out THIS MONTH, and if I don’t like it, i can go back to where I was………..WIN WIN….

  • Chris Hannan

    Does Aio offer roaming? If not, I don’t see much of a reason to pick the Smart plan over Straight Talk. Same everything for $45 without any discounts like auto pay, and no throttling before you hit your limit (8Mbps on Aio).

    I suppose if you’re the type of person that needs to talk to CS all the time for every little thing, you might be better off with Aio, but Straight Talk seems to still be a fantastic deal.

    • PuttsMoBilesiCit

      +1 for this. I need to know if they offer international roaming for when I go on vacation to Mexico, EU, ect… If so, i’m jumping ship from Straight Talk.

  • monkey082506

    For anyone curious, if you have the current 7GB plan (as I do) you are grandfathered in and it won’t change unless you change it. However, you also don’t get the AutoPay discount but for now I’m keeping my $70 for 7GB.

    *Via chat with Aio rep Ale.

    • Ilya Kolodiychik

      Thanks. I was about to go digging for that information.

      • monkey082506

        I just looked at all my data in the past 4 months..never even broke 5GB, highly considering saving a few dollars at the moment. Highest was 4.9 GB.

        • Ilya Kolodiychik

          Yeah, I don’t that often either but travel season is coming up so I’ll be away from the PC more lol.

    • Chris Wallace

      I was only charged $65 today. Are you sure that we don’t get the AutoPay discount? $65 for 7gb would be a steal!

      • monkey082506

        I am not 100%, just what I have been told by the rep. I haven’t been charged since the new pricing, I’ll report back next week if the comments are still open.

  • J Dub

    I may move to this. Can anyone attest to the CS on Aio? We are on NET10 right now. Which the $50 plan is basically the exact same. Might get better service with an actual AT&T company though.

    • Happy!!

      Customer service is terrible. Had to call cs 3 times last week due to no service, was on hold 23 min, 24 min, and 21 min.

    • monkey082506

      I’m actually going to disagree with @disqus_E63q8TTh0a:disqus, I haven’t had any problems with their CS. Honestly, I’d say it’s one of the best. Sure if the network is down or something is going on there’s going to be a wait, I’ve seen #250 in chat que before when service was out but that’s going to happen everywhere. I can’t complain about their CS, maybe someone else can but they’ve been nothing but helpful.

  • Steve B

    That folks, is why 720p on the MotoX is terrible.

    • Alex

      Because you put your eye 1 inch from the screen and somehow manage to focus on it?

    • ToddAwesome

      I’ll take the battery life and “terrible” display, thanks.

      • Steve B

        Battery life? ha

    • Foo

      What does that have to do with anything?

      • Boblank84

        hes talking about the article photo where you can see the pixels on the display.

  • 7h3_4pp12en7ic3

    Or pay $10 more, get true unlimited without the throttles on the fastest network in the country. Just sayin.

    • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

      which carrier is this?

    • monkey082506

      With worse coverage…which is why I’m not on it.

      • moelsen8

        [much, much, much] worse coverage.

    • J Dub

      Which is who? T-Mobile? Their data speeds around here are a joke. Their building penetration is also a joke. In Washington DC I couldn’t get signal while eating lunch with friends. Just a normal building. Not like a multi-level concrete and steel infused building.

      • 7h3_4pp12en7ic3

        Well, I guess I’m just lucky that their coverage is pretty competitive here in SoCal. I don’t have any of those issues.

        • J Dub

          I gave them a hard look. The best thing is they have the $30 per month plan with 5 GB a data. So it’s affordable to give them a shot with ease. Once I found out they just weren’t going to work I was only out $30. I guess it does depend on what bands they are running in your area.

          • Foo

            What’s the deal with getting that $30 plan? I’d like to, but it seems to be you have to go through Walmart or something. Could you elaborate?

          • mrmacatac

            the $30 plan is prepaid only, and has 5GB of full LTE data, unl text, and 100 min only. you have to dig deep on tmobiles website as they don’t advertise the plan anywhere.

          • Foo

            Yeah, it says the plan is only available for devices purchased through Walmart, or activated through the T-Mo website. So does that mean I can still get this plan if I purchase my device elsewhere, but go to their site to do the actual plan/Sim/activation?

          • J Dub

            It’s online only I think. Catch them when they have SIM cards on sale through the T-Mobile store. Grab a SIM for like a dollar. Once you get it activate it online. There should be two $30 prepaid plans. One is more for talk. The other for data. I think it’s new accounts only that’s why you need a new SIM.

        • Jordan Harvey

          T-Mobile in my area does double the speeds that Verizon does (I have both services). I’m extremely happy with T-Mobile in Orlando.

        • Casey

          Agree with both you and J Dub on these different issues. I had T-Mobile here in Dallas from April of last year through August. I was very pleased with their LTE speeds; I’d average anywhere from 25 to 31 Mbps on the down side. And, I love their devil may care approach. I really do think they’re shaking up the industry and that’s a good thing.

          Ultimately I switched to Aio though because of the signal strength issue. As fast as T-Mo was, if it doesn’t work when I need it to, what’s the point? I had the same problem as J Dub … go inside, even a basic one story building, and I’d lose the signal fast. Very rarely could I get LTE indoors; I’d usually drop back to 4G/3G or sometimes even Edge! So, while Aio’s slower speeds aren’t my favorite, since I’m on the AT&T network, I always get an LTE signal, it’s rock solid, even in a parking garage three stories underground.

          • jnt

            Ever venture up to Frisco? AT&T seems real congested in areas up here, which is my only real hesitancy about giving Aio a shot.

          • Casey

            Don’t make it up to Frisco too often, no. I live and work in the Uptown Dallas area. However, I was up there just a few weeks ago for a friend’s birthday dinner, not too far from the ballpark. I noticed my phone dropped off LTE and onto 4G/HSPA+ for awhile, but service was still working fine. Data access was still there, just slower. But for $45 a month on the new plans, that’s still hard to argue with! The nice thing about it? No contract. I say give it a try … use it for a month or two and see what you think. If not, maybe you try out T-Mo. Again, no contract required. Hope this helps. Good luck!

          • jnt

            We’re with T-Mobile now, off contract, back from AT&T. T-Mobile’s service up here is good – though my wife claims otherwise, so maybe it’s only good where I am most of the time. And the area you were in is kinda near the central area where it gets so congested, where the whole world tends to like to go to shop evidently. So that would’ve happened to you with AT&T’s regular service as well. It actually tends to work better when it drops off of LTE. But as soon as we get out of this area at all T-Mobile drops off like a bad habit, which has me wanting to go back to AT&T. I’d do Verizon, but they sort of pissed me off awhile back so I said I’d never go back to them (long story). But you’re right – it’s definitely worth trying for a couple of months! Thanks for the input.

          • J. Gilbertson

            Verizon was just as congested too in Frisco. When I used to live there and work in Plano I had issues around Stonebriar and Legacy/Hedgecoxe. It was terrible. Data was always dropping down to 3G and refusing to work. I believe they started building up the infrastructure by the time I moved but man… It’s hard to get a good signal with anyone in that area.

          • jnt

            I guess there are just too many yuppies on their smartphones all the time… oh wait *looks at self*…!

            Up until about a year ago VZW’s LTE did suck up here, but they did build it out to where I never lost LTE anywhere in Frisco. Speeds would drop, but it at least still worked. With AT&T, if you’re anywhere near the Mall or the Best Buy / Target shopping center, sometimes data will simply hang and not do anything at all.

    • John Legere

      Coverage is the only problem for most people. Which is a valid complaint, but hopefully they will work on it. They are already buying up spectrums.

    • Tim242

      Unlimited EDGE? No thanks!

  • Plerisei

    All I need is a Moto X for this Nexus 4, lol. Android 4.4 is killing this battery like all dayz.