AT&T Launches New Aio Wireless Prepaid Brand, iPhone Plans Start at $55/Month

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    Aio Wireless, a new prepaid cellular brand from AT&T, today announced that it has launched operations in Houston, Orlando, and Tampa, with additional cities coming over the next year. The brand offers customers access to increasingly popular prepaid cellular services alongside popular devices including the iPhone.
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    Aio offers two no-contract plans for smartphone customers, with the carrier's "Aio Smart" plan priced at $55/month offering unlimited talk, text, and data, with a 2 GB soft cap on high-speed data. An "Aio Pro" tier priced at $70/month increases the data soft cap to 7 GB. Aio offers the iPhone 5, 4S, and 4, with devices carrying full unsubsidized prices that see the iPhone 5 start at $650.

    As noted by GigaOM, Aio mentions in its press release that the carrier offers "4G download speeds of up to 4Mbs per second", indicating that LTE is not currently supported with high-speed data limited to HSPA+ networks.

    Article Link: AT&T Launches New Aio Wireless Prepaid Brand, iPhone Plans Start at $55/Month
     
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    So if you're in these areas and travel out of them, what happens? Serious question.
     
  3. macrumors 603

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    way too expensive

    i split a $266 bill with my inlaws. 4 smartphones, 10GB shared data, unlimited minutes/text and phone subsidies.

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    nothing, they are only selling these plans in these areas as a test
     
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    macrumors 6502

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    Seems like their move into unsubsidized phones. Clever.
     
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    So I'm assuming this is going to use the current AT&T network correct? Straighttalk still seem like a better deal. Especially since you still can't access the LTE network.
     
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    For an individual user, this might be a good deal.

    But what about family plans? *THAT* is what I'm interested in.

    T-Mobile charges:
    $50 for the first line + $10 for 2.5 GB
    $30 for the second line + $10 for 2.5 GB
    $10 for each additional line + $10 for 2.5 GB

    AT&T's Aio charges:
    $55 for the first line
    $55 for the second line
    $55 for each additional line
     
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    Pure pain. $20 per month for unlimited data in Taiwan. Why so xpensive in US?
     
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    Here is their coverage map.
     

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    Hahahahaha
     
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    GoCubsGo

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    Oh so you can use it anywhere, but can't buy it anywhere.
    Individually, this isn't priced too badly. If you're on a shared plan then it sucks.
     
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    Maybe because the US needs a gazillion more cell towers to provide coverage? :confused:

    Size of Taiwan = 13,972 sq miles
    Size of US = 3,794,000 sq miles
     
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    $55/month for 2GB data??? For once I'm glad to live in the UK -- I pay about $20/month for unlimited data, 600 mins, 2000 texts, and got about $100 cashback for signing up for 12 months
     
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    $55 a month with unlimited text and minutes, with data for a smart phone is actually a great deal in the US... unfortunately.
     
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    The coverage in the UK, at least in London and the countryside surrounding it was poor last summer. People used to complain about AT&T in large cities, but coverage in London seemed worse. (I had one carrier and my friend another, issues seemed similar.)

    Functionally, nationwide US coverage is equivalent to EU-wide coverage, where you don't pay anything extra if you make phone calls to and from other countries, well in our case, states. Such plans are rare and more expensive over there, so the comparison is not really apples to apples.
     
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    I don't really see a discount here. The base iPhone plan from AT&T is $70 WITH subsidy (unlimited Talk, text, 2GB data) they are not even discounting the full subsidy (only getting $360 off instead of $450 off the iphone)

    for plan parity it should be $22.50 off the base iPhone plan or $47.50 per month, not $55. They are actually charging a lot more AND getting full price for the phone.
     
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    4Mbs sounds incredibly slow for HSPA+, no? Isn't that more in line with 3G speeds?

    I don't like the name of this new branch (pronounced 'A-O', really?), but this is a smart move. Assuming you can live with the speeds, 7 GB for $70 is probably the best deal going today for those who need it. Keep in mind 'unlimited' data usually means 5 GB.

    My current grandfathered plan is 2 GB a month but that's of course with LTE in the mix.
     
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    I don't see an advantage over ST, either. I am planning to move to ST once my contract runs out, unless I decide to upgrade to a new smartphone.
     
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    lol its pretty outragous that most smartphone plans start at 50 dollar range. quite expensive just to use it every month

    i pay 35 dollars for my iphhone 5 LOLZ
     
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    $450/24 = $18.75. How did you get $22.50?
     
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    Take your phone in Taipei and travel 500 miles to the west. Can you still use it? And 500 miles north. Still $20 per month?

    There's your answer.
     
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    The median household income in Taiwan is $12,000 USD while in the US it is closer to about $50,000 USD. So our income is roughly 4X more than Taiwan. Therefor, your $20 cell phone bill should cost about $80 in the US.
     
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    Huh? Base plan is 450 minutes and no text.
     
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    How big is Taiwan? How big is the US? If you want to set up full coverage LTE across the country it's gonna cost a company.
     
  25. macrumors regular

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    WHY does the prepaid have a "soft cap" that just throttles after 2GB but LOYAL post paid subscribers get a "hard cap" that charges more money. Once again ATT is screwing over their customers. JUST DIE ATT!!!
     

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