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Vodafone To Stock Sony Ericsson Xperia Play & Arc

Both the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and arc will be available from Vodafone as the mobile phone operator has put up preorder pages for both handsets.

The Xperia arc is free on pay monthly contracts starting from only £30 per month while the Xperia Play will cost at least £35 per month (more here); both should be available next week.

The Play comes with six preoloaded games (Crash Bandicoot, Fifa 10, Star Battalion, Tetris, Sims 3, Bruce Lee) and that free docking station (which we saw at MWC) for users preordering by the end of the month.

The phone is Sony's first Playstation certified handset and comes with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon system on chip, 512MB RAM, a 5-megapixel camera, an Adreno graphics subsystem, a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen plus a slide out gaming keypad.

Sony Ericsson promises that there will be up to 60 games available by next year on the Playstation suite, the dedicated mobile gaming platform for SE handsets.

The Arc has a slightly bigger capacitive screen, the same system on chip but comes with a 8.1-megapixel rear camera and a front facing one.

Both phones - which were launched mid-February in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress - come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread as well as Sony's proprietary Bravia display engine.