O2 rejects Sony Xperia Play

UK mobile network O2 says it will not be selling Sony's PlayStation Phone because it's not up to scratch.

The much-anticipated, and frequently leaked device was due to debut on April 1st - but the head of O2's testing team Stuart Hibberd is far from happy with the device.

"Our job is to make sure these phones are ready for our customers before they go on sale," said Hibberd. "This means we rigorously test each phone, often for weeks, and try every single feature. We get to know each phone inside and out and, by the time it goes on sale, need to be absolutely certain it’ll offer our customers a great experience."

As it turns out the testing team's experience was far from 'great', as Hibberd explained:

"We’ve been testing the phone non-stop for weeks and have found some bugs in the software. We’ve been working with Sony Ericsson to get these bugs ironed out, but haven’t been able to get them fixed in time for us to be able to launch the phone on April 1st as we originally planned."

O2 says it will continue to work with Sony Ericsson in order to squish the unspecified bugs over "the next couple of weeks", but the very fact that one retail partner has rejected the device is obviously a concern for anyone selling - or thinking of buying - the PSP/smartphone mash-up.

Suggestions that the problems might have arisen after O2 added its usual bloated branding to the device have been denied.