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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Available On T-Mobile From £25.54 Per Month

T-Mobile may be listing the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play as being available from April 2011 but there's at least one online retailer that is selling the handset formerly known as PSP phone and has confirmed that it has shipped more than 200 such Xperia Play handsets since yesterday.

Speaking exclusively to ITProPortal.com, a spokesperson for Buymobilephone confirmed that they had stock of the Xperia Play on T-Mobile (which has yet to announce the handset launch) from as little as £25.54 per month (opens in new tab), which makes it the cheapest deal on the market by far, even if it is on a two year contract.

It does come with 600 minutes, 500 texts and 1GB data you can grab the same package on an 18-month contract (with a £20 cashback) from £30.64 which amounts to a total cost of ownership of £531.52; that compares very well to the £470 that the phone costs on SIM Free.

Buymobilephones doesn't currently carry the handset on 3 UK but, surprise, surprise, it is available on O2 even if the mobile phone operator already confirmed that it will not be shipping the Xperia Play until software-related issues are solved.

Both Vodafone and 3 UK have also announced yesterday that there would be a slight delay in the delivery of the Xperia Play because of shipping issues.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.