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