Aio Wireless (pronounced "A-O") is AT&T's new prepaid brand. The new service is initially only available in Houston, Orlando, and Tampa, with plans to roll out across the US over the next year.
Sept '13 Update: Aio is now available nationwide! Note that LTE is throttled to 8Mbps, but should be ample for streaming music and video.
Smartphone plan overview
Aio Wireless operates on the GSM 850/1900 and UMTS 850/1900 bands and is compatible with AT&T.
The best smartphone plan that we've located is the Aio Smart plan:
- 2 GB data cap
- Unlimited minutes
- Unlimited text messages
- I have tethered off this plan without issue using stock Android.
- With my HTC One, it never reconnects to the network after dropping the connection (i.e. in low coverage spots). So I am constantly having to turn airplane mode on and off again to force reconnect. I gave up and switched back to T-Mobile because I kept missing calls.
- Seems to have a pretty decent app to monitor your usage and add credit to your account. Simple to activate online.
- Aio also has a 7GB plan for $70/month called Aio Pro. That's a lot of data.