Prepaid carrier Aio Wireless has finally launched its service nationwide. A wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T, the four month old service was previously available only in select markets in Florida and Texas. Late last month, Aio had released a press release that the service would launch nationwide in mid-September, so the fact that it’s available right now is a little surprising.
The service offers three monthly plans, each with unlimited talk and text:
- $40 for 250MB of high speed data
- $55 for 2GB of high speed data
- $70 for 7GB of high speed data
Speeds are capped at 8Mbps on LTE and 4Mbps on HSPA+. Once your high speed data allotment is used up, speeds will then be throttled down to 256kbps. A monthly tablet plan is also offered for $15 for 250MB of high speed data. Prices also include all monthly taxes and fees – what you see is what you pay.
Personally, I recently dropped my Sprint service for T-Mobile, and overall I’ve been happy with T-Mobile’s speeds and coverage in my area. At the same time, I have come across a few dead zones in places where I know AT&T (and by extension Aio) definitely has service. I’m also not thrilled with T-Mobile’s GPRS-only coverage once I leave the city, so I really am seriously considering yet another switch to Aio – at least for a few months to try the service out.
I have a feeling I won’t be thrilled with Aio’s 4Mbps speed cap on HSPA+, but this is still more than fast enough to do everything I normally do on my phone. It also blows Sprint’s measly 3G speeds out of the water. Plus, Aio is offering the third month of service for free if you sign up before September 29.
I’m happy to see competition in the no-contract cell phone market heating up, whether that’s T-Mobile’s no-contract postpaid plans, or Aio’s no-contract prepaid plans. Now that Aio is available everywhere, are you considering a switch?[Aio Wireless]