Pre-paid US carrier Aio Wireless is adjusting its rates… downward. Plans now start as low as $35 per month for unlimited talk and text plus 500MB of high-speed data.

Aio Wireless is a subsidiary of AT&T and works on its parent company’s 4G LTE network.

Aio Wireless
Aio Wireless

Here’s the deal: You can buy a phone from Aio or bring your own AT&T compatible phone. Then you sign up for a Basic, Smart, or Pro plan. Sign up for auto-pay and you get $5 off your bill each month.

If you hit your data cap you can still use the internet on the go — but you’ll have to suffer through 2G data speeds until the next billing period. So technically the plans include unlimited data. But there are limits on high-speed data.

First, Aio Wireless caps LTE download speeds at 8Mbps which is fast enough to stream videos or download most files. But it’s not nearly as fast as AT&T’s top speed.

Second, you only get as much high-speed data as you pay for:

  • Aio Basic offers 500MB for $40 per month ($35 with auto-pay)
  • Aio Smart offers 2.5GB of data for $50 per month ($45 with auto-pay)
  • Aio Pro offers 5GB of data for $60 per month ($55 with auto-pay)

And if you need more data than your plan would ordinarily include you can add 1GB of high-speed data for $10.

The Aio Smart plan is actually quite similar to the Straight Talk plan I’m currently on. Straight Talk also offers unlimited talk and text plus 2.5GB of high-speed data on AT&T’s network for $50 per month, or $45 with auto-renewal. There’s not much reason for me to switch at this point.

But unlike Straight Talk, Aio offers options for customers that want more data each month. That’s a nice option to have — even if data speeds top out at 8Mbps and Aio reserves the right to change pricing “without notice.” The nice thing about using contract-free pre-paid carriers is that if they change the terms and you’re not happy, there’s no penalty for leaving.

via Android Police

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5 replies on “Pre-paid carrier Aio now has plans starting at $35”

  1. run run I have went over my data cap in Columbus oh my speed when do to 5 kb the upload when to 1kb you do want to even look at then if you go a local store they want to charge you a $35.00 set up fee and if you have to change you phone they want 40.00 plus you have to get a new number and pay for the month

  2. Do they offer data only plans for hotspots, USB modems, tablets and PCs with built-in WWAN?

      1. Darn, it’s not the “unlimited” kind. I don’t mind getting dropped to 2G speeds after a threshold for what I plan on doing.

        1. Most prepaid data-only plans, including those on T-Mobile, have set data limits without a soft cap.

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