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Vodafone, Three UK Postpone Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Launch

Vodafone and Three UK have joined O2 in announcing that they will be postponing the launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play otherwise known as the Playstation Phone although, in both cases, the mobile phone operators will work with the phone manufacturer to minimise the delay.

Earlier today, a number of news outlets mentioned that the gaming phone would be delayed because of "freight issue" which will prevent the device from being widely available instore.

Sony Ericsson told VG247 (opens in new tab) that “We can confirm that the Xperia PLAY handsets are still planned to launch in the UK for 1st April, as originally communicated" before adding that "“However, as of today, we have experienced a freight issue that may impact the number of Xperia PLAYs arriving at some retail outlets. This said, consumers can purchase Xperia PLAY as of April 1st at a number of stores across the UK.”

Vodafone sent out a statement saying that “We are working closely with Sony Ericsson to ensure your phone is delivered as soon as possible and we will be in touch again with specific timescales when we know more. We appreciate this is disappointing and are doing our very best to resolve this as quickly as possible.”

Three UK also confirmed that the launch of the Xperia Play has been pushed back by a few days and said that it was related to stock rather than bugs. O2 announced that they will not be selling the Xperia Play yet because of unidentified bugs.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.