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Aio Wireless launches prepaid iPhone 5 plans starting at $55 per month

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Thursday saw the launch of a new prepaid wireless carrier as Aio, a subsidiary of AT&T, went live offering Apple's iPhone 5 and service for $55 per month.

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Aio (pronounced "A-O") launches initially in select stores in Houston, Tex., Orlando, Fla., and Tampa, Fla., with additional stores opening in those markets in the coming weeks. Over the rest of the year, Aio will roll out service to additional markets in the U.S.

Aio customers will have "unlimited" (throttled after meeting a plan's data cap) service on AT&T's 4G network. Speeds on the network, though, are capped at 4Mbps, despite AT&T's LTE capability.

Customers can choose from a variety of smartphones, tablets, and feature phones from Samsung, Nokia, ZTE, and others. Aio carries Apple's iPhone 5 for $649, while an iPhone 4S costs $499. Customers can also bring their own unlocked, compatible handsets to the service.

Aio service is available in three tiers: Basic, Smart, and Pro. Basic provides 250MB of data per month for $40 per month, Smart 2GB for $55, and Pro 7GB for $70. Customers can also add 250MB for a tablet for $15 per month. An additional 1GB of data can be added to a plan for $10 per month.

Adding a prepay-centric subsidiary may allow AT&T to leverage its larger network and faster data speeds to attract customers from second-tier carriers. AT&T is the second-largest carrier in the United States, trailing only Verizon in terms of customer base. The last quarter, though, saw AT&T lagging Verizon in customer growth as the larger carrier added more than twice the new customers AT&T did.

The Aio subsidiary will also help AT&T address fluctuations in the major carrier segment, giving it a "simple" pricing structure to combat that of recently resurgent T-Mobile, which last month introduced a "no-contract" plan that sees customers paying more up front for smartphones but having their rates lower over time.

Aio will join Cricket, Virgin Mobile, and Walmart's Straight Talk among prepaid carriers offering Apple's bestselling smartphone.
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Betcha it ain't $55/mo after they get all the fees and taxes in.
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I just wanted to say an enormous f*** you to the admin on here who a few months ago doubted my claims that Straight Talk doesn't throttle after 2 GB of data. Not only is that absolutely true but I'm looking at their Facebook page right now and ST reps are straight up telling customers that they are not allowed to stream YouTube over a cellular connection. They are telling customers to use wi-fi instead. 

 

Straight Talk is such a joke for this reason alone. Most consumers will want to watch a YouTube video off wi-fi here or there. 

 

The admin who talked me down on here is a f***** a****** and can eat a d***. You should not be an admin. 

You might want your doc to adjust your meds.  You aren't making much sense.

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I just wanted to say an enormous f*** you to the admin on here who a few months ago doubted my claims that Straight Talk doesn't throttle after 2 GB of data. Not only is that absolutely true but I'm looking at their Facebook page right now and ST reps are straight up telling customers that they are not allowed to stream YouTube over a cellular connection. They are telling customers to use wi-fi instead. 

 

Straight Talk is such a joke for this reason alone. Most consumers will want to watch a YouTube video off wi-fi here or there. 

 

The admin who talked me down on here is a f***** a****** and can eat a d***. You should not be an admin. 

Lighten up, Francis.

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"Lighten up, Francis."

 

 

And don't call me Shirley!

Ten years ago, we had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope and Johnny Cash.  Today we have no Jobs, no Hope and no Cash.

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Ten years ago, we had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope and Johnny Cash.  Today we have no Jobs, no Hope and no Cash.

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That's only $660/year, or $1320.00 for two years!!! WOW!

 

ONE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY DOLLARS! 

 

Cheap???

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Betcha it ain't $55/mo after they get all the fees and taxes in.

According to the website (accessible after you enter a "qualifying" zip code - Tampa, FL is what I used), the price INCLUDES taxes...

 

Also, it states: "Activation and Restocking Fees up to $25"

 

Leave it to AT&T to charge an activation fee for a prepaid service!

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