Vodafone Gets Sony Vita Preferred 3G Partner Status

Sony has chosen mobile phone carrier Vodaone as its "preferred provider" of 3G connectivty for its next generation PlayStation Vita across Europe and in other territories.

The 3G iteration of the console will be launched in the UK on the 22nd of February 2012, and will come with a Vodafone SIM card and a PSN voucher which gives a free copy of the game "WipeOut 2038".

The 3G Vita will be available for £279, which is not a lot to pay for what is essentially, a much better version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play without Android, Playstation Certification and phone calling capabilities.

Sony also confirmed that it will give a few bonuses - like blue in-ear earphones, discounts for games, PSN avatar goodies and more - to those who preorder the console.

SCEE CEO Jim Ryan said, "with social gaming and connectivity at the heart of PlayStation Vita it is important that we partner with a market leading network provider, to ensure users have a high quality 3G experience".

The Wi-Fi only version of the Vita will cost only £229. It will be interesting to find out how much data allowance Vodafone is going to give Vita customers.