announced today that Aio Wireless service will be available to all U.S. customers starting online at www.aiowireless.com in mid-September.
Aio is AT&T's new value priced brand which offers monthly plans starting at $40/month for phones and $15/month for tablets. The brand has been doing a phased roll-out, one city at a time, since May. It's currently only available to residents of Florida, Texas, Atlanta and Chicago. In the initial markets, Aio has been emphasizing sales through brick and mortar retail locations although online sales are available if you have the right zipcode.
Nationwide availability next month marks a change from Aio's earlier announcements that had pegged the full roll-out as occurring "over the coming year".
Aio sells a number of smartphones and feature phones ranging in price from $29.99 for a Samsung Denim flip phone to $649.99 for the 16GB iPhone 5. $9.99 SIM cards let you using Aio with your own unlocked GSM phone. Locked AT&T phones also work, with the exception of iPhones which reportedly must be unlocked.
Aio also announced a new promotion today. New customers who activate service in stores or online by September 29, 2013 will get their third month of service free. To qualify the customer must purchase two consecutive months of service and customers who activate in-store must enroll in autopay. The free month is in the form of an account credit which qualifying customers will receive 5 days before the payment due date for their third month.
Here's Aio's plan line-up:
|Plan Name||Monthly Price||Hi-Speed 1 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|