T-Mobile isn’t the only U.S. carrier offering no-contract plans. AT&T is getting in on the action, launching the Aio Wireless brand today in Houston, Orlando and Tampa.
After recently announcing it’s ditching both subsidies and contracts, T-Mobile has gotten a lot of attention for its “Uncarrier” approach to wireless, and it seems AT&T has taken note. The company launched Aio Wireless today, a no-contract prepaid band that will run on AT&T\’s network, which offers users a “simple” and “delightful” wireless experience.
Plans start at $35 and follow the same pricing model as T-Mobile, with every plan offering unlimited data with prices structured around how much data users want at high-speed. The highest level plan gives users 7GB of data.
Aio Wireless will carry smartphones from ZTE, Samsung, Nokia and Apple among others. The Nokia Lumia 620 will be offered in the U.S. for the first time on the network. The iPhone is available at unsubsidized prices, meaning the 16GB iPhone 5 has a hefty price tag of $649. However, users may also bring their own devices to the network.
Aio makes no mention of LTE support in its press materials, but does promise \”4G download speeds of up to 4Mbps per second,\” which likely indicates it will work off of AT&T\’s HSPA+ network.
For now, Aio Wireless is available only in Houston, Orlando and Tampa, but AT&T has plans to roll out the network across the U.S. over the next year.