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Aio Unveils Family Friendly Group Discounts But Reduces Throttled Data Speed


AT&T's Aio Wireless is now offering a "family" style discount plan called "Group Save Discounts". The discount varies depending on the number of lines on an account: 
  • First line - no discount 
  • Second line gets a $10/month discount (a $5 per line saving) 
  • Third line gets a $20/month discount for a total discount of $30 (a $10 per line saving) 
  • The fourth line gets a $30/month discount for a total discount of $60 (a $15 per line saving)
  • The fifth line also gets a $30 discount for a total discount of $90 (an $18 per line saving)
Group Save Discounts are only available with Aio plans priced at $40 and higher. The $25 Talk & Text plan and the $15 tablet plan are not eligible for Group Save. Auto Pay can be used with Group Save Plans but they won't receive the $5/month Auto Pay discount.

This is one of the best family plan deals in prepaid. Four lines on the $40 Aio "Basic" plan, which includes unlimited talk and text and 500 MB of high-speed data, would be $100/month or just $25 per line.

Aio also made a couple of less positive changes along with the launch of Group Save. The $15 Tablet Plan has been discontinued and is no longer available for new activations. With only 250 MB of included high speed data the Tablet Plan was overpriced.  I doubt many will miss it.

Users are likely to notice the other change that Aio made over the weekend. The throttled data speed after the hi-speed allotment is used on Aio's $50 and $60 plans is now 128 Kbps instead of 256 Kbps. Heavy users of streaming music services like Spotify will be the most likely to notice this change. Streaming works well at 256 KBps but at 128 Kbps even lower quality streams are likely to pause for buffering occasionally. The throttled speed on Aio's $40 plan has always been 128 Kbps and that's not changing.

The table below lists all of Aio's current plans for easy reference:
Plan Name Monthly Price Hi-Speed Data Before Throttling 1 Allowed devices
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 128 Kbps.

Source Aio Wireless via HowardForums

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  1. Lol I guess since it took the FCC forever to finally approve their purchase of Leap Cricket; At&t at the the time of the deal closing had already lowered their post paid data share plans down due to the increase pressure of T-mobile. Point I'm trying to make is when the deal closed we heard about them merging Aio into the New Cricket now a month later we haven't heard about new sim card gsm New Cricket handsets or any more new news of them combining the two. All we see is new Aio plans and Aio news. I'm assuming though that these current Aio plans will be the New Cricket plans. Yeswap what have you heard new on the New Cricket side that is coming soon?

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    1. The rebranding of Aio as Cricket and the shutdown of the legacy Cricket CDMA network will happen. I expect it will start slowly in a handful of Cricket markets initially. There's a lot that needs to happen behind the scenes, training, new brochures, billing system changes, new Cricket branded GSM phones and much more. It's going to take at least another year before Cricket is fully integrated into AT&T.

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  2. Very nice, I was just curiously wondering if AT&T will keep crickets 10gb + tethering when they move cricket customers to gsm phones, that would be sweet, but seems a bit to generous.

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    1. I doubt AT&T will let you keep a 10 GB tethering allowance. Tethering isn't allowed currently on Aio and GoPhone although the ban doesn't seem to be enforced. I expect that once the CDMA network is shut down, Cricket plans and data options will look similar to what Aio has today.

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  3. Dennis what are the 4G speeds on AIO for smartphones?

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    1. High-Speed data is throttled to a maximum of 8 Mbps for LTE data and 4 Mbps for HSPA+

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  4. Great step for AIO to add a "family plan"....I knew they were not going to adapt that 5 lines for $100 that cricket had on there legacy network. I have used AIO in the past and like most off brands like this the data response is off more than on. They needed to do this to help out there dealers with there very expensive store fronts. Even though im not an AIO/Cricket Fan l will give them two thumbs up for this change.

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  5. this sucks.. is there any companys left that still throttle you at 256 k?

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    1. Simple Mobile and Ultra Mobile on there higher price points

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  6. The AIO Group Plan is better than the H2O Family Plan for me . (easy online payment or auto pay, no hard data cap, and better customer service with AIO ) .

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    1. Just please note that when you 2 accounts into one, you lose one auto-pay.

      So in our case instead of paying $50 (Smart == 2.5GB plan) - $5 = $45 for 2 lines - total cost = $90, we now pay $50 x 2 = $100 - $5 autopay - $10 group discount = $85.

      The savings isn't that much.

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  7. There's no savings for two lines. With auto pay one line on Aio is $35, so the two-line plan is no savings at $70. There is no additional discount for auto pay on the multi-line plans.

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