online nationwide. Aio is a wholly owned AT&T subsidiary that offers unlimited prepaid monthly plans including unlimited (but throttled) data at prices ranging from $40 - $70 per month.
Since May, Aio has been doing a phased roll-out, one city at a time, with the emphasis on retail dealers. Nationwide availability at this time appears to be a change of plans by AT&T/Aio. As recently as last month, the company had been saying that the service would not go nationwide until 2014.
Current Aio devices are:
- BYOD SIM card - $9.99 ( Mini, Micro and Nano sizes available)
- Samsung Denim - basic flip phone - $29.99
- ZTE Altair - basic QWERTY Candybar - $49.99
- ZTE Prelude - Android 4.1.1 (JB) 3.5", screen - $49.99
- Nokia Lumia 620 - Windows Phone 8, 3.8" screen - $99.99 (was $179.99)
- Samsung Galaxy Amp - Android 4.1.2 (JB), 4" screen - $129.99
- ZTE Overture LTE - Android 4.1.2 (JB) LTE 4" screen $149.99
- ZTE Velox - Android 4.1.2 (JB) tablet, 7" screen - $179.99
- iPhone 4 8GB (reconditioned) - $199.99 but out of stock
- Samsung Galaxy Express LTE - Android 4.1.2 (JB), 4.5" screen - $249.99
- iPhone 4 8 GB (new) - $449.99
- iPhone 4S 16 GB (reconditioned) - $499.99
- iPhone 4S 16 GB (new) - $549.99
- Samsung Galaxy S 4 - $579.99
- iPhone 5 16 GB (new) -$649.99
There are four plans.
|Plan Name||Monthly Price||Hi-Speed Data Before Throttling 1||Allowed devices|
|Aio Tablet||$15||250 MB||Tablets Only|
|Aio Basic||$40||250 MB||Basic Phones and BYOP SIMs Only|
|Aio Smart||$55||2 GB||Smartphones Only|
|Aio Pro||$70||7 GB||Smartphones Only|
Plan prices include applicable state and local taxes. Activation online is free but Aio dealers nay charge up to $25 for activation. Coverage is the same as with GoPhone, AT&T network only with no roaming. Aio's terms of service prohibit tethering.
International calling and messaging is not included. There's a $10 per month add-on that provides unlimited calling to landline phones and unlimited SMS and MMS messaging to the following 35 countries.
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania.
An additional 1 GB of data can be added to any plan for $10/month.
Aio appears to be targeting T-Mobile's MetroPCS and GoSmart prepaid brands using similar unlimited but throttled data and plan prices that are lower than AT&T's established GoPhone prepaid brand.