Sony partners with Vodafone for PS Vita

Last month Sony announced that its upcoming PlayStation Vita console would launch worldwide beginning February 22, 2012. Later, the publisher outlined the console's game transfer fees, revealing that players who wish to play PSP titles on the Vita will have to repurchase them at a discounted price.

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Now, Sony has further outlined its plans for the new console ahead of its early-2012 release, announcing it has partnered with mobile phone carrier Vodafone to see the company as the "preferred provider" of 3G connectivity on the Vita in Australia, New Zealand, and other territories including the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, and The Netherlands.

According to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), the Vita 3G/Wi-Fi model will come with a Vodafone SIM card in selected countries; users will also be able to buy the console model direct from Vodafone retailers, both online and in-store. In addition, SCEE revealed that users connecting with Vodafone will receive a PlayStation Network voucher to download Wipeout 2048 from the PlayStation Store, available in all territories where the Vodafone partnership applies.

Full plan pricing details have yet to be announced, but Vodafone has announced that the console will be sold outright for AU$449, and that a AU$0 up-front plan will be available for the 3G + Wi-Fi model. The carrier has launched a website where you can register to be informed when more details become available.

However, it is important to note that Vodafone will serve only as the Vita's "preferred" carrier; users will not be locked to the carrier if they should choose to go with another service provider for 3G connectivity.

According to Sony Computer Entertainment Australia (SCEA), Vodafone Australia recently announced that 900 sites are now live in the provider's 850MHz network built for smartphones and data, and 2,000 sites in the existing network have been replaced with new equipment. According to SCEA, by the middle of next year Vodafone will have 1,500 sites in the 850MHz network and 8,000 sites where equipment has been replaced.

The PlayStation Vita will go on sale in Australia on February 23, 2012.

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Aaronferguson84 posted a comment   

although telstra are expensive, im going withthe nextG network upon purchase of my ps vita.... on a personal note i dont like the name Vita, id rather call it the NGP. sounds cooler.
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Gregory Opera posted a comment   

You'll find that Sony's choice is largely because Vodafone is the largest telecommunications company in the world, in fact two out of every three mobile customers in the world are connected to Vodafone or a Vodafone-owned/Vodafone-partner network!

In saying this, at a local level, Sony couldn't have made a worse choice and if Vodafone think this deal is going to save them from the inevitable, well I think they're going to be awfully disappointed...

Personally, I'll be using mine with Telstra's NextG network, which still holds the world record of having the fastest data speeds in the world (in addition to the most coverage nationally)!


ADSLNerd posted a comment   

Vodafone is Australia's most underrated, unreliable, and underpowered 3G network on the planet, so obviously Sony chose them primarily due to "financial reasons". Im sticking with Telstra - iPad 2 prepaid SIM and will received my Japanese PSvita 3G in about 3 week time.


CraigL3 posted a comment   

Wow, couldn't have picked a worse network!


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otchiman posted a comment   

No way am I going on Vodafone the network is such a joke they managed to pick the AT&T of Australia damn sony

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