Aio is very slowly rolling out its services across the country one city at a time. So far Aio is only available in Houston, Texas and Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Naples and Ft. Myers, Florida. Four more cities are supposed to launch next month with nationwide availability sometime in 2014.
The way the contest works is that Aio posts clues on Facebook which hint at what the next Aio cities will be. To play, follow you Aio on Facebook and post your guess in a comment on the Aio Facebook page to enter. As far as I know there are no prizes in this contest.
We know from the first clue that one of the new Aio cities will be Atlanta. Here are this week's new clues and what cities I think they refer to:
"With a passenger terminal compound bigger than 45 football fields, this airport bears the proud distinction of being "the world’s busiest passenger airport." You guessed it; it’s in our next city. Where’s Aio flying next?" This is apparently a second clue referring to Atlanta whose Hartsfield-Jackson International is the world's busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic according to Wikipedia.
"Aio is cruising into this ocean side city, which is home to the largest cruise-ship port in the world. Can you guess where will Aio be shoring up next?" This is an easy one again thanks to Google and Wikipedia, it's Miami, Florida home of PortMiami, ranked as the number one cruise ship terminal in the world in number of passengers.
"This sunny city was the birthplace of suntan lotion and will soon look on the bright side of wireless. Where do you think Aio will shine its unique brand of wireless next?" This one is tricky. Do they mean sunscreen or sunless tanning lotion? Multiple people from around the world are credited with inventing sunscreen but the only American among them is a Miami pharmacist named Benjamin Green who founded Coppertone. So this might be another duplicate clue, pointing at Miami again. Or maybe not. I couldn't find anything about where tanning lotion was invented but the company its inventor, John Abaté, founded is currently located in Scottsdale, AZ. Miami, Scottsdale or somewhere else? Your guess is as good as mine.
"The home of the largest snow skiing club is located in this city, also the home of some bright and shiny new Aio stores. Can you guess where Aio will be shining next?" Google and I drew a complete blank on this one. Do any readers know where the nation's largest snow skiing club is located?
Although the ever so slow roll out of Aio continues for now, there's doubt about the brand's future, Since Aio was launched in My, AT&T acquired Cricket. That makes a total of three AT&T prepaid brands; GoPhone, Cricket and Aio. FierceWireless thinks the Cricket acquisition puts the future of Aio in doubt. They might be right, but two of AT&Ts competitors also have three prepaid brands. T-Mobile has MetroPCS, GoSmart and T-Mobile Prepaid. Sprint has Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Sprint As You Go. If Sprint and T-Mobile can support three prepaid brands, why not the much larger AT&T?