Aio Wireless lowers price of no contract Nokia Lumia 620 to $99.99

In May, AT&T started up a new wireless carrier subsidiary called Aio Wireless, which offered a number of phones with no long contracts for cheap prices. One of them was the Nokia Lumia 620, which was priced at the time for $179.99, and remains an exclusive in the US to Aio Wireless. Today, it was revealed that the price of the smartphone from the carrier has been sliced down to a even cheaper $99.99.

At the moment, Aio Wireless is only available in a few US markets, including Houston, Texas, and in Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Gainesville, Florida. The AT&T subsidiary will be expanding to other parts of the US in the next year so if don't live in one of those five cities you might still get a chance to sign up to get this cheap Windows Phone 8 device in the near future.

The hardware specs on the Nokia Lumia 620, which we favorably reviewed a few months ago, are:

  • Display: 3.8 inches
  • Processor: 1 GHz dual core Snapdragon
  • Memory: 512 MB of RAM
  • Storage: 8 GB
  • Camera: Five megapixels

Aio Wireless is now selling the Nokia Lumia 620 in a number of different colors, including cyan, purple, yellow and green.

Source: Aio Wireless via WPCentral.com

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I suspect that it can be used fine with AT&T. I don't know for sure though. The reason I say that is because AT&T "locked" phones work fine on Net10 and StraigthTalk "AT&T compatible" SIM cards because they all use the same towers....

Shadrack said,
I suspect that it can be used fine with AT&T. I don't know for sure though. The reason I say that is because AT&T "locked" phones work fine on Net10 and StraigthTalk "AT&T compatible" SIM cards because they all use the same towers....

That's what I'm thinking too - same towers, same spectrum, etc. I'm not a wireless expert but can't really think of a way for them to break down the signal and coverage coming in and out of the same towers to individual sub-carriers....

It sucks that AIO is in limited markets in the US . Lots of good prepay options between AIO, Net10, StraightTalk, and T-Mobile. Not sure why anyone would go with a contract based providers unless they just desperately need LTE. The 3-6mbps I get from StraightTalk is fine for my needs.

Shadrack said,
... Not sure why anyone would go with a contract based providers ...

Subsidised phones.

My phone has bigger specs and more bloat feature than yours!!!!
Until your contract is up................

We have been off contract in my family for about a year now and we concluded it was cheaper to buy even brand new unlocked iPhones and keep them for 3 years rather than do the subsidized phone model.

The prepay model also works for us for other reasons. I like the fact that my service may get cut off if I break the TOS but they can't charge me extra if I got over my data limit (for example). Having teenagers with smartphones, this is a huge plus in my book because they can't go over their limits and if they do it just sucks to be them.

I also love the nimbleness. If StraightTalk for any reason upsets me I could take my phone to T-Mobile, AT&T GoPhone, or Net10 (although Net10 basically is StraightTalk). I think Cricket also supports my phone hardware.

Shadrack said,
......

Providing you can afford the whole purchase price up front.
There are a lot of paycheck to paycheck types who are that way because they can't budget for big out of pocket purchases.

deadonthefloor said,

Providing you can afford the whole purchase price up front.
There are a lot of paycheck to paycheck types who are that way because they can't budget for big out of pocket purchases.

Pay me now or pay me more later. Same-old-same-old. Like anything else.

I actually picked up my phone from a WalMart financing promotion that gave me 24-month interest free with minimum payments of $25/mo and zero down on an iPhone 5. T-Mobile also has some financing options that they are working out so people finance their phones and pay monthly for their service.

The iPhone is an extreme example because it is a about $150 - $300 more expensive than other phones. A thrifty spender could get the Lumia 620 or a Nexus 4 and save more money.

I like the control and piece of mind from being on a pre-pay plan. The savings are just a bonus for me. Contract services penalize you heavily if you have to break your contract. Contract service providers are essentially giving your a loan for your hardware, but they want you to keep paying monthly for that loan even when it is completely paid off because it is wrapped in the cost of the service plan. I like the two completely separate because that is what they should be.

So its specs are inferior to my 2+ year old MyTouch 4G Slide (which is still selling, used, for about $150-$170 on Swappa). Yeah, I'll pass.

fuzi0719 said,
So its specs are inferior to my 2+ year old MyTouch 4G Slide (which is still selling, used, for about $150-$170 on Swappa). Yeah, I'll pass.

Bet you it'll run the OS far better than your phone though.

And plenty of the specs are far superior to your phone.

Too bad Windows phones aren't more popular. After all, prices aren't lowered on products that are selling well.

COKid said,
Too bad Windows phones aren't more popular. After all, prices aren't lowered on products that are selling well.

Come to Canada. I think I've seen one other person with a WP and even then I'm not entirely sure.

Feels good being part of the informed minority though. Most people I've shown my phone to think it looks like a pretty nice OS but obviously most are tied into contracts and their current phones.

korupt_one said,
actually WP is selling just fine, especially the entry level models. too bad americans are not more informed in their options.

There are also things like Instagram that are needed - the lack of it probably turns off potential buyers (not that I'd use it personally but you'd be surprised the number whose purchasing decision rests on its availability especially low end market with teenagers). The strange thing is that Microsoft owns part of Facebook which in turn owns Instagram so I'm surprised Microsoft hasn't leaned on them to get things moving in that area.

UK here. I've only seen two people with a WP. One of them was my wife.
Paid £100 for her 510. Great phone. Sure it has a crappy camera but it runs smoothly and does what she needs from it. Tempted to go WP for my next one, bored of iOS and just can't get on with Android.

Mr Nom Nom's said,
..... Instagram .... needed ...

The third party developers on WP do a great job of filling in the 'much needed' apps with alternatives.
This is just BS from people who don't want WP to succeed.

There's a photo site out there that had a gallery "Photos of Hipsters taking photos of their food" that actually had a hipster using a 920.

Over here in Saskatchewan, Canada, I have only seen two Windows Phones in the wild that weren't a result of my influence.