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AT&T Launches New Prepaid Brand: AIO Wireless
Standard Pricing, Data Caps From 250 MB To 7 GB
by Karl Bode 05:43PM Thursday May 09 2013 Tipped by Pair Gain See Profile
As had been expected, AT&T this week took the wraps off of a new prepaid product brand they're calling AIO Wireless (short for "all in one"). According to the company website, AIO offers consumers plans ranging from $35 to $70 for unlimited talk, text, and set allotments of data. The new, no-contract service is being launched this week in Houston, Tampa and Orlando, with expansion into additional markets coming later this year.

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The pricing isn't going to turn any heads, and the data being provided is HSPA+ at speeds "up to" 4 Mbps, not LTE. Data allotments also appear to vary by market, which suggests AT&T is experimenting with pricing and seeing what the market will tolerate before proceeding with a broader launch.

For $35 a month, users get unlimited voice, data and 250 MB of HSPA+ data. For $55 a month, users get unlimited voice, data and 2 GB of HSPA+ data. $70 a month ups the data allotment total to 7 GB a month. Users who surpass these usage caps are throttled back to an as-yet-unspecified speed until they buy additional buckets of data.

Users can bring their own unlocked devices to AIO, or they can shop from the usual assortment of feature and smartphones you'd find at most prepaid carriers. With playful wood grain themed marketing and ample use of words like "delightful," AT&T is trying very hard to have the service look like it isn't an AT&T product.

"We talked with no-annual-contract customers and created our service around what they want," AIO President Jennifer Van Buskirk said in a statement. "They want simple, easy plan choices with unlimited offers; first-class service at affordable prices; great devices; nationwide voice and data coverage; and no annual contracts. We are set up to win over value-conscious customers who are increasingly moving towards smartphones and mobile broadband."

Anybody biting?

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GraysonPeddi
Grayson Peddie

join:2010-06-28
Tallahassee, FL

Don't Need Unlimited Voice: 100 Minutes Is Fine

What about those who don't need unlimited voice?

Last month, I've used up about 70 minutes for talking to my family member (my mother). But this month won't go above 50.
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH

1 recommendation

Re: Don't Need Unlimited Voice: 100 Minutes Is Fine

TMO PrePaid is your friend. Or StraighTalk/TracFone companies

hey hey hey

@charter.com

Re: Don't Need Unlimited Voice: 100 Minutes Is Fine

said by TBBroadband:

StraighTalk/TracFone companies

yes crappy selection of phones and slowass 3G data that gets throttled to even slower edge speeds after 2 GB. lovely.

ztmike
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Michigan City, IN

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Re: Don't Need Unlimited Voice: 100 Minutes Is Fine

said by hey hey hey :

said by TBBroadband:

StraighTalk/TracFone companies

yes crappy selection of phones and slowass 3G data that gets throttled to even slower edge speeds after 2 GB. lovely.

Please know what your talking about before you open your mouth up. Straight Talk offers a bring your own GSM if you get their SIM. The 2GB is for the AT&T service, t-mobile service its unlimited.. All for $45/month
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

1 recommendation

Re: Don't Need Unlimited Voice: 100 Minutes Is Fine

And ST includes roaming. ST and AIO run on the same network, except that ST works with roaming and AIO doesn't.

hey hey hey

@charter.com
said by ztmike:

Please know what your talking about before you open your mouth up. Straight Talk offers a bring your own GSM if you get their SIM. The 2GB is for the AT&T service, t-mobile service its unlimited.. All for $45/month

Straight Talk states in it's terms they can throttle you after 2 GB and in fact if you consistently go over 2 GB they can cut off your service completely.

yes bring your own phone. Most people eventually want NEW phones.

Also no one actually offers unlimited data. They do offer "unlimited" data. Learn the difference. Also Straight Talk is 3G at best.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: Don't Need Unlimited Voice: 100 Minutes Is Fine

AIO is also BYO. ST just cuts data off, they don't terminate accounts, they realized what a mess that is.

T-Mobile and Sprint offer truly unlimited data. The tradeoff is a really crappy network.

setthingsstr

@comcast.net
You need to know what you are talking about. It may well be ATT antenas but it is only 3G, not even 4G.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: Don't Need Unlimited Voice: 100 Minutes Is Fine

AIO is HSPA+, whatever you want to call it.

buddahbless

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said by hey hey hey :

said by TBBroadband:

StraighTalk/TracFone companies

yes crappy selection of phones and slowass 3G data that gets throttled to even slower edge speeds after 2 GB. lovely.

I cant speak for straight talk but Im on TMO prepaid and guess what Ive hit 7mbps on speed test with 2GB of data before throttle ATT's AIO says up to 4mbps which you will never see. Its also still unlimited on TMO just limited in speed, my only complaint I just wish they would bump that throttle up to 256-512kbps.

PS: I still pay less than what ATT's AIO would charge for the same service.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: Don't Need Unlimited Voice: 100 Minutes Is Fine

You'll see 4mbps a lot of the time.
GraysonPeddi
Grayson Peddie

join:2010-06-28
Tallahassee, FL
T-Mobile is my huge friend when it comes to $30 100 minute/unlimited texts/5GB 4G data but I do need more coverage when traveling in interstates, but the I don't travel a lot. I do listen to Live365 when traveling to Disney and I really wish T-Mobile would put in more towers along Interstate 10 in Florida.

hey hey hey

@charter.com
said by GraysonPeddi:

What about those who don't need unlimited voice?

Last month, I've used up about 70 minutes for talking to my family member (my mother). But this month won't go above 50.

They aren't going to have 27 different plans. They have 3, choose one. Just choose the data plan that best suits you and be done with it. If you don't use the minutes you don't use them.

r81984
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Katy, TX
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said by GraysonPeddi:

What about those who don't need unlimited voice?

Last month, I've used up about 70 minutes for talking to my family member (my mother). But this month won't go above 50.

They know all everyone uses their phone for is data and text messages. They dont care about the very low bandwidth used for voice.

If you use that voice for calling lots of landline phones, I assure you it is not going to be unlimited. They will cut you off.
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IowaCowboy
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Between the three voice capable devices on my VZW Share Everything plan, we use about 2500 minutes a month. That is in addition to the home phone, which does not get as much use.

Most of the voice minutes are between my grandmother and my mother. She calls grandma at 11:00PM on the dot. Grandma is a night owl where mom has to be at work at 7:00AM.

I use the data on my iPhone a lot to check bus schedules and other uses. I do DSLR a lot through Safari on my iPhone.
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fiberguy
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I think you're on the wrong page and it's time to rethink wireless. Minutes is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Data is the new "minutes".. carries have been moving away from charging by the minute which is a good thing ... not everyone is a 16 year old who doesn't know how to communicate with their voice.. some.of us do.use the phone still as a form of communication furthering healthy social.interactions. but for god sake don't encourage them to think people still want to be charged by the minute.
GraysonPeddi
Grayson Peddie

join:2010-06-28
Tallahassee, FL

Re: Don't Need Unlimited Voice: 100 Minutes Is Fine

WTF DO you mean I'm in the wrong page? Don't you ever know that T-Mobile has a Monthly4G $30 100 voice minutes, unlimited texts and 5GB 4G data so EVER TELL me why I'm in the wrong page? VoIP sucks in 3G networks and networks that are only still in 2G for God's sake!
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: Don't Need Unlimited Voice: 100 Minutes Is Fine

You're thinking in the wrong space, as current and future plans are pretty much all unlimited talk/text with limited data and data upsells. Data is what's driving revenue growth, as it's not only the most in demand, but it's also the most expensive to provide (AT&T's HSPA+ network handles about 5% voice and 95% data if you count by bytes).

pende_tim
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How's This Different

So what is the differentiation between this service and lets say Red Pocket? Almost the same price, same data allowance same voice and texting. RedPocket however gives you 200 international minutes for $5.00/month more.

If it were closer to $50.00/month with a BYOP option, then it may be a contender.
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Beans5

join:2005-07-16
united state

Teathering

What about tethering being included? I mean 7 gigs is enough to tether to IPad or something. It does say All In One.
guear

join:2012-07-30
united state

lowest plan

I don't see $35 plan, the lowest is $40.

moho

@rr.com

Sprinbt $10 data fee doesn't look so bad now

Am using up to 10GB/month on Sprint LTE for $10 extra at 6-25Mbps.

CosmicDebri
Still looking for intelligent life

join:2001-09-01
Port Saint Lucie, FL

meh

Another me too offering from the big guys, with no reason to switch.... humbug prices, small data allotments, and the awesome unlimited voice that few people even use these days......

moving along..... nothing of value to see here......
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trparky
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Cleveland, OH
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Re: meh

What are you talking about? 2 GBs is enough for most people and if you need more you can always get the plan that has 7 GBs. That's more than enough data! This isn't supposed to be a household ISP replacement contrary to what some people believe.
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r81984
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Re: meh

said by trparky:

What are you talking about? 2 GBs is enough for most people

Talking like a true corporate drone.

Sorry, but everyone uses the internet for different things.
If you like reading then your data usage will be low, but if you like videos then your bandwidth usage will be high.

You cant just average usage as every person is unique and uses the internet differently.
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trparky
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Re: meh

I use less than 3GB of data a month, most of the time less than 2GB of data a month. And that's with streaming music. I don't watch video on mobile data, if I want to do that I'll find WiFi.

I don't have a problem with these capped data plans.
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Boycott AT&T uVerse! | Tom's Android Blog

r81984
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Re: meh

Yes, what about everyone else??
Everyone's usage is unique, just because you dont use much data does not mean someone else wont.
Why should others be limited to your level of usage???
Also remember there are people who use even less than you, what if ATT decided they were average and lowered caps to screw you over??

Also network costs have nothing to do with usage.
A networks cost is almost 100% fixed and the costs are the same if you use it very little or use it alot.
If you call customer service just one time you already cost more than any network user could ever cost.

ISPs have to build their network to handle peak usage for the number of customers they have. Capping people does not stop congestion on the network.
Capping people, charging overages, or having higher usage plans are just a scam to rip off customers.

Since networks costs are not based on usage it should be illegal to charge people based on usage.
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ssavoy
Premium
join:2007-08-16
Dallas, PA
I'll take ubiquitous 4mbps HSPA+on AT&T than T-Mobile's spotty excuse of a network.
bnceo

join:2007-10-11
Bel Air, MD

Not bad, especially since it's HSPA+ and not 3G

So, doing some match, that is $110 (without fees/taxes), so with tax, it's roughly $120. So AT&T regular 4GB bucket is close to $150 after all fees. Yeah, AT&T is better on its own, even it's just an extra $30. Now if you are a pure Nexus 4 family, this might be a good deal. You don't get LTE anyways. And it is AT&T towers (assuming).
georgeglass5

join:2010-06-07
New York, NY

Wonder

who these few people are that use voice, while texting has its purposes, I would rather have the eb & flow voice conversations give & not have to wait until the person feels like giving a response, whenever that is. But that just me...

r81984
Fair and Balanced
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Katy, TX
Reviews:
·row44

Always with the caps!

Data caps need to be illegal.
Remember when ATT wireless has unlimited data for $20 a month???
That was at the time when minutes was how they gouged people for money and data was seen as a novelty.
Now voice has become unlimited and data has shifted backwards.

Scaling down the network speeds when there is congestion is one thing, but to have caps and charging by the byte is just wrong and unethical based on the actual costs of the network.
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linus5171

join:2004-02-10
Poplar Bluff, MO

Re: Always with the caps!

Will this replace the Go Phones or in addition?

JimThePCGuy
Formerly known as schja01.
Premium,MVM
join:2000-04-27
Morton Grove, IL

ATT Network Only No Roaming = Show Stopper

Without roaming the GoPhone coverage was very poor in some of the areas I frequented. Can I expect the same with AIO?

pike
Premium,MVM
join:2001-02-01
Washington, DC
kudos:3

Not too shabby

I'm surprised I'm actually saying this.. But the $70/7 GB plan sounds attractive. Bear in mind I'm a disenfranchised Sprint customer that recently gave up AT&T's fantastic coverage in order to have unlimited data with. It stinks that AIO is not LTE, but right now 4Mbs is reasonable for cellular data. Down the road, however...

tom1

@209.179.105.x

User comments ?

Any AIO user comments yet?