Aio Wireless has added a new device to the lineup. The latest is the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and similar to the other available handsets, this one will also arrive as a prepaid contract-free offering. The carrier has the Galaxy S 4 priced at $579.99 and they are offering both a lease/purchase and trade-up option to help ease the sticker shock.
The trade-up program is only available in Aio retail stores and basically means you can trade-in a “functioning, qualified phone” to help lower the price of your new handset. The lease/purchase option is a bit more involved and does include an approval process. This one is also available only in Aio retail stores. Otherwise, the Galaxy S 4 will be available online and in all of the Aio retail locations.
Aside from having just recently been added to the Aio Wireless device lineup, this is the same Galaxy S 4 that many are already familiar with. Basically that is to say the handset is running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the Samsung TouchWiz user interface and sporting a 5-inch Full HD display. We reviewed the Galaxy S 4 back in April. Those considering a purchase can also expect to find a 2600 mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, quad-core 1.9GHz processor and 13 megapixel rear-facing camera.
At present Aio Wireless is available only in select markets including Tampa, Orlando and Houston. More important for those looking forward, there has recently been some news in terms of an expansion. Details from Aio Wireless included talk of a nationwide expansion set for September.
We have yet to see any specific launch dates, however similar to what is already available, the nationwide expansion will mean available plans ranging in price from $35 up to $70 per month. Looking at the top of the line plan, that includes unlimited talk, messaging and data with the first 7GB of that being at high-speed.
Lastly, Aio has recently announced a promotion that would mean a free month of service (specifically, a free third month of service) for those who sign up and activate their service by September 29.