Aio Wireless prepaid monthly subsidiary is now giving customers access to the AT&T LTE network. The good news comes in an official AT&T press release which also mentions that Aio Wireless is now available in two more cities, Naples and Ft. Myers, Florida. Aio service has been available since May 9 in Houston, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Gainesville, Fl. and is supposed to be available nationwide next year.
Aio also disclosed that its "Hi-Speed" LTE data is throttled to a maximum of 8 Mbps and 4G HSPA+ is limited to 4 Mbps. Aio says its 3G HSPA/UMTS service averages 700 Kbps to 1.7 Mbps. Aio plans (listed below) include an allotment of Hi-Speed data. When that's used up, unlimited data is available at an unspecified slow speed. One Aio user of HowardForums says their throttled speed is about 256 Kbps.
|Plan Name||Monthly Price||Hi-Speed Data Before Throttling||Allowed devices|
|Aio Tablet||$15||250 MB||Tablets Only|
|Aio Basic||$40||250 MB||Basic Phones Only|
|Aio Smart||$55||2 GB||Smartphones Only|
|Aio Pro||$70||7 GB||Smartphones Only|
Aio also announced a new LTE phone. It's the ZTE Overture, pictured above. It runs the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and has a 4" screen, 5 MP main camera, a front facing camera for video chat and support for SD memory cards up to 32 GB. The Overture will be available "in the next month". No price was given but I expect it will be less than $200. The Overture joins Aio's 9 other phones ranging in price from $29 for the Samsung Denim flip phone to $649.99 for the LTE capable iPhone 5 16 GB. Aio also has a 7 inch tablet, the $179.99 ZTE Velox and sells SIMs for using your own unlocked GSM phone or tablet.
Source, image: AT&T
AT&T Launches Aio Wireless Prepaid Brand in 3 Cities - Unlimited Talk, Text & Data $40/Month & Up