Vodafone Cans Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 UK Launch

Vodafone UK, the third largest telecom operator in Britain, has announced that it will not be rolling out the latest Sony Ericsson Xperia X2, which runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system.

The smartphone, which was earlier slated for a pre-Christmas launch, will not see the light of day in the UK, as the telecom service provider, which was to exclusively distribute Xperia X2, backtracked on its decision to supply it to UK customers.

Vodafone UK said in a statement that "The delivery date of the device, with Windows 6.5, slipped pre-Christmas due to a series of technical issues, and we have taken the decision not to go ahead with the launch as it no longer fits with our planned portfolio."

Meanwhile, Sony Ericsson, the fourth largest mobile manufacturer in the world, said that the company was disappointed not to make the smartphone available to its UK customers.

However, Vodafone UK is all set to unleash the brand new Google Nexus One smartphone on UK’s population along with the rest of Europe in spring this year; Sony Ericsson will roll out its Android OS based model, the Xperia X10, in February.

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Interestingly, Vodafone UK will soon be offering the immensely popular Apple iPhone in the UK along with O2, which currently is the sole supplier of iPhone in the UK. The Xperia X2 was obsolete before it even launched here, a sign that Sony Ericsson needs to sort its acts in 2010.

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