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AT&T Folds Aio Wireless Into Cricket, Launches Anew

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May 18, 2014, 9:48 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated May 18, 2014, 6:26 PM

AT&T today discontinued its Aio Wireless brand and merged the service with Cricket Wireless, which it acquired earlier this year. Today marks the official launch of the new Cricket Wireless, which now reaches nationwide with a better selection of smartphones. Much like what T-Mobile did with MetroPCS, the new Cricket uses AT&T's GSM/HSPA/LTE network rather than Cricket's legacy CDMA network. All new devices sold by Cricket will be compatible with AT&T's network moving forward. AT&T says its HSPA+ network reaches 97% of Americans, and its LTE network reaches 280 million Americans. Cricket's plans cost $40, $50, and $60 per month, though each is eligible for a $5 discount when customers sign up for auto-pay. Each of these plans includes unlimited domestic voice minutes and text messaging, but vary in data allowances: 500MB, 2.5GB, and 5GB of high-speed data, respectively. Cricket offers discounts for multiple lines, such as $10 of the second line, $20 off the third line, and $30 off the fourth and fifth lines. Customers can choose add-ons, such as 1GB of data for $10 per month or an international voice/messaging plan for $15. Basic feature phone plans start at $25 per month for unlimited voice/messaging. Cricket says it has a wide range of smartphones, which it is offering for $50 off (mail-in rebate) for a limited time. Customers are able to bring their own compatible handset if they wish. Cricket Wireless does not require contracts and charges full price for its handsets. Last, Cricket said customers who have a full 12-month period of on-time payments will receive a $50 credit towards the purchase of their next handset. Nearly 3,000 Cricket and Aio Wireless stores have been rebranded nationwide and are open beginning today.

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May 18, 2014, 3:37 PM

Good alternative to MetroPCS only if....

They didn't cap the LTE speeds at 8Mbps. Big fail. Even Metro doesn't do that. What is AT&T afraid of? They got more spectrum than Verizon. They're gonna sunset Cricket's CDMA so what gives here with carrying over Aio's capping bull$hit? smfh
I think it might be mroe for keeping network clear? Metro throttles to a sluggish pace.
I hear ya. But my Moto G on them is capped at the HSPA+ which is 4megs, & It's still fast enough when off wifi. I have had no real probs with buffering etc. Funny too sometimes my G is faster then some other LTE handsets I have used on Metro/Tmobile e...
Verizon does not let prepaid use LTE

May 18, 2014, 12:55 PM

$ not %

The information listed is incorrect.

The 2nd line is $10 off not 10% off.
The 3rd line is $20 off.
The 4th line (and so on) is $30 off.
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