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Aio Adds New $25 Unlimited Talk and Text Plan

AT&T's Aio Wireless prepaid brand unveiled a new $25/month plan this week. It includes unlimited voice calling and domestic text messaging but no data or picture messaging. The plan is not eligible for the $5/month autopay discount that's available on higher priced plans. It's also not eligible for the $15/month Aio Passport international add-on so there's no way to call or text internationally!

The $25 plan is available with Aio branded feature phones or you can use your own AT&T or unlocked GSM phone.

According to the Aio site bringing your own phone to the $25 plan is limited to feature phones. But a Howard Forums member entered an iPhone 5 IMEI on the sign up page for the plan and it was accepted. That's not a guarantee that a smartphone would actually work however.

The $25 plan is a nice addition to the Aio lineup for for customers who have no use for data and don't want to pay for  it. It seems to be targeted at MetroPCS' long running $25 talk and text only promotional plan. For customers who do want data Aio has plans starting at $40/month ($35 with autopay). The table below lists all Aio plans.

Plan Name Monthly Price Hi-Speed Data Before Throttling 1 Allowed devices
Tablet $15 250 MB Tablets Only
Talk & Text $25  Data not available Basic Phones and BYOP SIMs Only
Basic $40 ($35 with autopay) 500 MB Any
Smart $50 ($45 with autopay) 2.5 GB Any
Pro $60 ($55 with autopay) 5 GB Any
High-Speed data is throttled to a maximum of 8 Mbps for LTE data and 4 Mbps for HSPA+. After the high-speed data cap is reached speed is further throttled to about 256 Kbps.

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Image: Aio's Facebook Page

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  1. I have used a GoPhone $.10 per minute plan sim with both a Samsung Galaxy S and an HTC Inspire and they worked fine. Of course, no data but Wi-Fi worked when I needed data. However, the original account was set up with a feature phone.

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  2. International text does not cost the carrier any more than domestic text I wonder why its not included.

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    1. Actually neither domestic nor international text cost them anything, but it doesn't mean they have to give it for free, its just more profit for them.

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  3. Its a shame they have a activation fee.

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    1. There's no charge for activating online. Aio stores may charge a fee of up to $25.

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  4. This plan is interesting but what happens after Aio merges with Cricket? Will they offer both GSM and CDMA services?

    Also entered my IMEI on Aio for my At&t iPhone 4 (unlocked by At&t) and Aio says that it's only compatible with their 2g services. Any thoughts?

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    1. AT&T will shut down Cricket's CDMA network and migrate Cricket customers to GSM. The process will likely take a year or two.

      Other iPhone users have seen that 2G only message. It's bogus, an unlocked AT&T iPhone will get 3G data speeds on Aio.

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    2. Will AT&T unlock the SIM slot for existing users' iPhone 4S, 5, 5C and 5S's for use with AT&T branded SIMs in US, for the phones that are currently running on CDMA,
      when the migration occurs?

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    3. I hope so, but AT&T hasn't said whether they will or not.

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    4. If you have an old iphone that only gets 2G on Aio Wireless then I would consider that too be to slow for data internet usage. You might as well go with another prepaid carrier. However if you are just on the $25 plan (unlimited text and talk) only then this is sufficient, since you can always connect to a public Wi-Fi.

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  5. no sim slots on cdma phones,when they migrate cdmas go by the wayside because of different technologies

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    1. The CDMA IPhone 4S and later have SIM slots. Cricket's are locked. When AT&T owns Cricket they will have the ability to unlock them, whether they will our not is the question.

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  6. through callingmart and their sales you can get airvoice tnt with some data with picture messaging for 28.50. I would rather pay the extra 3.50 cents for the month.

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  7. $27 on H2O for unltd talk text and 500mbdata after autopay discount. And it will work on locked att iPhone.

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    1. Regular MMS won't work on H20 with a locked iPhone.

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  8. If you don't need unlimited, PureTalk's new Simple 750 TnT plan costs $17.95. You can use a locked iPhone with PureTalk.

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    1. As long as the locked phone is AT&T branded.

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  9. Dennis, under the above table footnote 1 says "after high speed limit is reached further throttled to about 250kbps"! How do u know this I don't find that info on aio website & local dealers have no clue! 250kbps sucks but if consistent I could tolerate for a few days if necessary!!

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    1. Aio users have reported the 256 Kbps throttled speed. It could be worse, T-Mobile, Straight Talk and most AT&T MVNOs throttle to 128 Kbps.

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  10. Does the device have to be unlocked to activate it? Also when It is taken over by cricket would I have to transfer over my number again or completely get a new sim and new plan? Im iffy on switching with cricket about to take over AIO. What do you think?

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    1. Except for iPhones, AT&T phones don't need to be unlocked to use on Aio.

      When the Cricket deal closes the only thing that's supposed to change with Aio is the name on the Website and stores. Customers shouldn't need to do anything, their numbers, plans, service, etc. will stay the same.

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    2. Is there an easy way to unlock iPhone I'd like to get an iPhone 5 but buying one unlocked costs more than an ATT phone

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    3. Unlocking the iPhone 5 is running close to $100 lately. If it was easy it would be cheap.

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    4. unlockcode247.com says they have a 80% success rate unlocking iPhones other than the new 5C and 5S. $30 for iPhone 5 from AT&T. Slow unlock; be prepared to wait 7-15 working days, whatever that means.

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    5. Thanks for the help, any suggestions on the best place to buy an ATT iphone 5 or even a 4S if the price is right

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    6. I like CowBoom, Swappa and MobileKarma and eBay sellers chubbiestech and Gazelle-Store.

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  11. Can you activate any AT&T GoPhone?

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  12. I have a iphone 3gs. will the $25 plan work with this phone?

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  13. Are you absolutely sure that I can use the $25/month plan with my iphone 4?

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    1. I'm not absolutely sure about much of anything. Using a SIM activated on the $25 plan with a smartphone is a loophole that seems to be working at the moment. AT&T could easily force smartphone users to the $40 if they wanted to.

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  14. AIO seems to have dropped the $15 tablet plan, it's been missing from the site for a few weeks at least. Perhaps after the Cricket merge the $10 tablet addon will appear as rumored.

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  15. Just a requst, could you please repeat the porting information from your master porting info page for AIO here? "Aio Wireless - Account # is 9 digits and is on your online account profile. Passcode is your 4 digit security PIN." Great resource, thank you!

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