AT&T to fold Aio into Leap Wireless if buyout pushes through

October 20, 2013

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If all goes according to AT&T's plan, new subscribers to its newly launched Aio Wireless prepaid service might see themselves shuttled off to a new company. According to an FCC filing, the carrier plans on merging its prepaid subsidiary with Leap Wireless' business if the acquisition of the latter proves to be successful.

Aio Wireless was launched just last May to provide no-contract prepaid plans under the AT&T network, ranging from basic voice-only options to tiered data plans. Initially available only in Tampa, Houston, and Orlando, Aio Wireless was scheduled to make a nationwide rollout sometime last month.

In the meantime, however, AT&T also had other prepaid plans in motion. In July, it purchased Leap Wireless for a total of $1.19 billion. More popularly known as Cricket, the carrier is yet another prepaid service provider that has a bit more weight at least compared to newcomer Aio. It seems that AT&T has planned to merge it's Aio Wireless business with Leap Wireless but will be keeping the more popular branding of Cricket.

At the moment, it is still unclear what exactly AT&T plans to do with existing subscribers, operations, and employees of both companies. It is still too early, anyway, as Leap shareholders are yet to vote on the acquisition on Thursday and has to pass through the FCC and the Department of Justice.

VIA: TalkAndroid

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  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Gm right not CDMA?

    • kevin

      like Steve said I am amazed that some people can earn $7387 in four weeks on the internet. view


    • Cal Rankin

      yes. AT&T is buying Cricket’s spectrum and converting it over to GSM. The Cricket brand will still resume, but all of Cricket’s old phones will stop working after AT&T shuts down the CDMA network to expand bandwidth on GSM/HSPA/LTE. However, I think there will be a brief time where AT&T starts selling phones with the Cricket branding that run on AT&T’s network while CDMA phones will still be sold. They will probably give a fair warning before they shut down the old Cricket network.

  • Rodney

    Those damn bastards. AT&T screwing its customers….Again.

    • Barnassey

      Uh how? Leap was literally dying on the vine because they made a BIG bet with iphones and it didnt pan out.

      • Cal Rankin

        one thing that got me is that they pick and choose which phones they will sell to you based on where you live. I have Cricket 3G in my area, but only 3G-capable budget-to-midrange phones are available. Phones like the GS3 and every iPhone are not available. Hopefully AT&T changes that.

      • Rodney

        How? Did you READ the article? Have you read OTHER articles about this topic? I am an AIO customer who bought and paid hundred$$$ for a new phone which MAY or may NOT (probably NOT) work on the Cricket network. Besides THAT, if I had WANTED to be a damn Cricket customer I would have signed up with them to begin with.