Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 21

Thread: Fate of Aio uncertain in wake of AT&T's acquisition of Leap

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    114
    Phone
    Samsung Galaxy S II (T-989) Carrier Unlocked, 64 GB microSD because size matters.
    Carrier
    AT&T
    Feedback Score
    0

    Fate of Aio uncertain in wake of AT&T's acquisition of Leap

    http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/...eap/2013-07-15

    July 15, 2013 | By Sue Marek

    In the wake of AT&T Mobility's $1.2 billion acquisition of Leap Wireless, the fate of the company's newly launched Aio prepaid brand is now uncertain. AT&T has said it plans to keep Leap's Cricket brand and offer Cricket customers access to AT&T's network. Aio launched in May with the goal of targeting those same prepaid customers.

    According to AT&T spokesman Brad Burns, AT&T has not yet determined what it will do with the Aio prepaid brand. Burns added that no changes will occur with the Aio brand until the acquisition of Leap is finalized, which is not expected to occur for least another six to nine months.

    AT&T launched Aio Wireless in May, promising a simplified, no-contract experience and opening up a new front in the prepaid battle with Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile US.

    Aio plans include unlimited voice and messaging as well as unlimited data (speeds throttled after specific thresholds) on AT&T's HSPA+ and LTE networks, and range in price from $35 up to $70.

    Aio is currently available in select markets such as Houston, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Gainesville, Fla., but the company has said that it plans to expand it to additional markets across the country over the next year.

    AT&T also has the GoPhone prepaid service that is available nationwide. However, unlike Aio, which is not marketed as an AT&T service, GoPhone is a sub-brand of AT&T.

    Last week T-Mobile US CEO John Legere hinted that his company is going to launch a new prepaid offering, called Apollo 15, that would target Leap Wireless' Cricket-branded prepaid customer base.

    In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Legere said that the company will go after Leap's customers with a new prepaid offering. "The best way to think about Apollo 15 is T-Mobile network, T-Mobile devices, Leap customers," Legere said, according to the WSJ.

    For its part, T-Mobile acquired Leap rival MetroPCS, and is currently taking the Metro brand to an additional 100 million people. Like AT&T, T-Mobile launched a separate brand--GoSmart Mobile--before it acquired MetroPCS. GoSmart also targets the prepaid segment. T-Mobile said its acquisition of MetroPCS won't affect its GoSmart rollout.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    2,263
    Phone
    Atrix/Skyrocket/R455C/Samsung Jack
    Carrier
    GoPhone LTE
    Feedback Score
    0
    i did not expect them to go national.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Posts
    3,070
    Phone
    SM-N900A GoPhone Walmart Special, Samsung SGH-I337 GoPhone Walmart Special
    Carrier
    AT&T
    Feedback Score
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by alphamale-b View Post
    i did not expect them to go national.
    another one bites the dust

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337
    Samsung SM-N900A 32GB on GoPhone LTE $45.00 Special
    Samsung SGH-I337 32GB on GoPhone LTE $45.00 Special

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    695
    Phones
    HTC Ozone
    iPhone
    HTC One V
    Carriers
    Verizon
    Feedback Score
    0
    The better question is what happens to Leap. If AT&T opens their network to those customers AND leaves pricing the same (unlikely) it seems like Leap would be a better deal than regular AT&T postpaid or AIO.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,124
    Carrier
    Sprint
    Feedback Score
    0
    I love that the big carriers have been in a huge price war on the prepaid field since Boost Mobile launched a nationwide unlimited everything plan for $50 nationwide in January 2009. It only keeps getting better.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    6,163
    Phones
    Nokia E71
    Nokia E71
    Iphone 3g
    Carriers
    Straight Talk
    Feedback Score
    0
    if you cant beat them.buy them out

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    92
    Feedback Score
    0
    so u think that at&t will really offer leap/cricket customers accsess too at&t network ,, what will at&t do with cricket,,,, cause they are cdma ,,will they phase out the cdma an start selling gsm at the cricket stores,,, an will they combine aio an cricket what do u think would be the most beneficial for at& t,,,, me i think that thats what they should do is combind them an call AIO cricket cause the say that aio stands for hello ,,,hello cricket

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    6,163
    Phones
    Nokia E71
    Nokia E71
    Iphone 3g
    Carriers
    Straight Talk
    Feedback Score
    0
    this way aio can compete with st on a level field.att now has its hand into the cmda cookie jar.smart move on att part.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    metro Atlanta area
    Posts
    2,801
    Phone
    Nexus 5 (LG-D820), Galaxy Nexus GT-i9250
    Carriers
    AT&T GoPhone
    Feedback Score
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by cooter55 View Post
    this way aio can compete with st on a level field.att now has its hand into the cmda cookie jar.smart move on att part.
    AT&T is not interested in CDMA. They bought Leap for the spectrum they have in various cities, to help densify AT&T's LTE. Cricket also has LTE. AT&T is going to jettison CDMA as fast at T-mobile is doing with MetroPCS CDMA/LTE.

    They will both transition customers over to HSPA/LTE.

    AIO doesn't have to go away. T-mobile is keeping the Metro brand as pre-paid budget brand AND also starting this "Apolllo 15" -- plus that 3rd pre-paid GoSmart brand??

    Last week T-Mobile US CEO John Legere hinted that his company is going to launch a new prepaid offering, called Apollo 15, that would target Leap Wireless' Cricket-branded prepaid customer base.

    Like AT&T, T-Mobile launched a separate brand--GoSmart Mobile--before it acquired MetroPCS.
    GoSmart also targets the prepaid segment. T-Mobile said its acquisition of MetroPCS won't affect its GoSmart rollout
    .
    Then AT&T can do the same...
    Your creed may be interesting, but your deeds are much more convincing.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    293
    Feedback Score
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by VisionsDivine View Post
    I love that the big carriers have been in a huge price war on the prepaid field since Boost Mobile launched a nationwide unlimited everything plan for $50 nationwide in January 2009. It only keeps getting better.

    You realize the prepaid guys could go away at the drop of a hat if the post-paid owners of the towers simple willed it to happen...

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    6,163
    Phones
    Nokia E71
    Nokia E71
    Iphone 3g
    Carriers
    Straight Talk
    Feedback Score
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by wheelsup View Post
    You realize the prepaid guys could go away at the drop of a hat if the post-paid owners of the towers simple willed it to happen...
    naw there is alot of contracts involved.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    193
    Carrier
    Straight Talk (AT&T)
    Feedback Score
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by cooter55 View Post
    naw there is alot of contracts involved.
    Yes but if the carriers buy enough of the mvno's they can start jacking up the price so they make as much money as the contracts.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    SouthFlorida
    Posts
    149
    Phones
    DROID DNA by HTC, DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE BY HTC, Blackberry Storm 9250
    DROID DNA by HTC
    DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE BY HTC
    Carriers
    Verizon Wireless
    Feedback Score
    0
    Remember only an idiot would put their Social Security for a luxury item should as a cellphone. I never understood why people would risk their credit for something that doesn't help their credit.
    "Fools trade their SOULS for gold in an attempt to take control of things they can't control."


    <--- ONLY AN IDIOT WOULD PAY FOR THIS SPEED WHEN YOU COULD GET IT FOR FREE!!! HAHA

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    293
    Feedback Score
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by battmann View Post
    Remember only an idiot would put their Social Security for a luxury item should as a cellphone. I never understood why people would risk their credit for something that doesn't help their credit.
    Credit is over rated. Once you get to the point where you can buy big ticket items (cars/homes not TV's) with cash it doesn't really matter, in fact I started whoring out my credit to the highest bidder and collected $2400 in free money last year (thanks Chase & Citi as well as ING).

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    293
    Feedback Score
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by cooter55 View Post
    naw there is alot of contracts involved.
    Sure for now, contracts have end dates, and/or can be bought out.

    My point is don't bite the hand that feeds you. Verizon built out their great network on the backs of the post-paid folks (me for over a decade) and now I'm about to enjoy the pre-paid benefits assuming my trial run is successful. But think about what would happen if VZ and AT&T pulled their MVNOs. Sure you'd have TMobile and "Sprint" but their native networks are atrocious. In fact if VZ and AT&T ended their MVNO programs and roaming agreements with Sprint and TMobile they would have a lock on the cell market for 80% of Americans and damn near 100% of those who travel and live outside of normal city limits*.

    *Just a guess don't over analyze it

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 08-28-2002, 04:41 PM
  2. Replies: 35
    Last Post: 08-27-2002, 12:55 AM
  3. Oh my! It is 4 hours till i need to wake up
    By Extraordinary in forum The Lounge
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-13-2002, 04:10 AM
  4. wake up alarm
    By LiL Boogerz in forum Siemens
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-10-2002, 09:19 AM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks