AT&T updated its Aio Wireless brand's pricing structure today cutting most plan prices and increasing data the amount of data included with two plans. The plans and changes are:
- Aio Basic - $40/month for unlimited voice and nessaging and 500 MB (was 250 MB) of high-speed data. This plan, which used to only be available to users with Aio feature phones or BYOD SIMs, now works with all phones.
- Aio Smart - $50/month (was $55) for unlimited voice and messaging and 2.5 GB (was 2 GB) of high-speed data.
- Aio Pro - $60/month (was $70) for unlimited voice and messaging and 5 GB (was 7 GB) of high-speed data.
There's also a new $5/month account credit for customers who switch to one of the new plans and use auto pay to fund their Aio account.
Current customers are grandfathered and will not automatically be switched to the new plans. They can switch plans using My Aio Online or the My Aio App or by asking Aio or their Aio dealer to switch them to one of the new plans. Customers on the old $40 and $55 plans obviously should switch as they get more data for the same or less money on the new plans. $70 plan customers need to decide whether they want to give up 2 GB of data in return for a $10 month ($15 with auto pay) savings.
Aio's $15/month for 250 MB Tablet plan remains unchanged and is not eligible for the auto pay discount.
Along with the price cuts, it looks like Aio has increased the price of their Aio Passport international add-on from $10 to $15 per month. As before 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, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerand, Taiwan. Thailand, Turkey, the UK and Venezuela.
To go with the new higher price, Aio Passport now includes 100 minutes of calling to mobile phones in all the covered countries except the Dominican Republic
Here's the new Aio plan lineup:
|Plan Name||Monthly Price||Hi-Speed Data Before Throttling||Allowed devices|
|Aio Tablet||$15||250 MB||Tablets Only|
|Aio Basic||$40||500 MB||Any|
|Aio Smart||$50||2.5 GB||Any|
|Aio Pro||$60||5 GB||Any|
AT&T launched Aio Wireless in May 2013. AT&T has said that when its acquisition of Leap Wireless' Cricket Communications completes, it will combine Aio and Cricket under the Cricket brand. The acquisition is supposed to be complete by the end of March, 2014. I expect that current Aio customers plans and services will grandfathered when that happens.
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