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Aio Wireless Adds Free International Texting to $50 and $60 Plans

AT&T's Aio Wireless brand has quietly enabled unlimited free international text messaging on its $50 and $60 plans. The feature allows texting to 35 countries. It's mentioned on the Aio site's Plans page. which also has a link to a popup listing the supported countries which include Canada, Mexico, India and the UK. The $50 and $60 plans both offer unlimited domestic talk and messaging. The $50 plan includes 2.5GB of high speed data and the $60 plan ups the hi-speed data allowance to 5GB.

Free international text messaging is common with Sprint and T-Mobile MVNOs but not AT&T ones. AT&T seems to limit affordable international messaging to in-house products like GoPhone, which has long included no-extra cost international messaging on most plans Prior to this week's change international messaging on Aio was only available with the $15/month Aio Passport add-on.

Adding free international texting is the latest in a number of tweaks that AT&T has made to Aio's plan and feature offerings in advance of  re-branding the service as the "New Cricket". Other recent changes at Aio have included auto pay and multi-line discounts, lower plan prices and more data. I expect to see AT&T use the Cricket brand to compete aggressively with T-Mobile's MetroPCS and Sprint's Boost Mobile using Cricket's extensive dealer network along with feature differentiators like international messaging,  which both Boost and MetroPCS currently charge extra for.

Source: Aio via HowardForums, Image: Facebook

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  1. AT&T may have been better off with the Aio brand it may be new but everyone knows it's on AT&T
    I get AT&T wanting the Cricket dealer network but Cricket is known for poor coverage many people won't know the New Cricket is now on the AT&T network
    People may avoid New Cricket due to coverage concerns

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    1. so what. people will know the difference when they see it says New Cricket. they'll ask how is it new and they'll eventually find out about the buyout by at&t and therefore may possibly conclude that coverage, reception, service may possibly be New (read: better). people are not that stupid to be stuck in the past.

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    2. Cricket is famous for dishonest customer service and terrible coverage. They have the highest churn of any MVNO. It makes no sense for ATT to continue the Cricket brand. AIO is unknown to most people. Why not stick with name recognition and call it ATT Prepaid?

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    3. Many people will be shopping in the stores for new wireless service and just avoid Cricket without asking and won't know about the AT&T buyout and even if they do ask someone in the store (not a Cricket dealer) even they may not know and provide the wrong info
      everyone want's AT&T coverage but nobody want's the service Cricket is known for

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  2. Big deal, there are plenty of T-Mobile MVNO's that have phenomental international SMS, MMS, included in cheaper plans.

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    1. True, as long as you have T-Mobile coverage which not everyone does.

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    2. Adding features and dropping prices adds more competition between carriers which in turn are a Big Deal for the savvy consumer: "More choice and lower prices" looks like a win-win to me.

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  3. It really cost any mobile Co. zero to send and receive texts messages, both domestic and Intl.and by the way, I don't know about other countries, but voice roaming rates that mobile operators charge each other, between U.S. Canada and Mexico are $16 per 1000 minutes charged by the SECOND!!. so figure out the profit roaming rates generate for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.(T-Mobile not so much, since they charge very little for Intl roaming.)

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  4. Lemme see, who can I send an International text to? Well - - - I got nobody. Cool benefit for the military people and their families, though.

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  5. Well, my son will be studying in Europe for the fall semester and it would be nice to stay in touch. My wife's brother lives in Europe. I work with people in Australia. Lots of people have lots of reasons why international calling and texting is important. It's a connected world out there. I'm looking forward to the day when it will all go via the Internet so you can call at home, get on a plane and continue to use the phone, get off the plane in another country and keep working, all without changing sim cards, carriers, etc.

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    1. That day is here. Get a TruPhone SIM and order UK, US and Australia numbers for your single SIM. People in those countries call your local country number and reach you wherever you are for the same price per minute or text, pay as you go. It works.

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  6. aiowireless.com site is now showing a CRICKET logo and that its Team is making updates for the next couple of hours. BE BACK SOON!

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  7. AioWireless.com & MyCricket.com Sites are now defunct.

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  8. I just looked at cricket web site and noticed the $40.00 (basic 35.00 w/ auto pay) now offers 1 gb of data. This is $10 cheaper than the Walmart 1 gb plan. Can anyone speak to Cricket vs Gophone? I think with auto pay $35.00 is a good deal, even if the speeds are slower than Go phone Or ATT post paid. Any thoughts? Also can you use phone as hot spot on either Gophone or Cricket? Thanks

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