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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Now Available From Three

Three Mobile has put the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play on sale for as little as £35 per month on a two year contract, with a £99 upfront cost - which is more than we had previously expected.

The smartphone (opens in new tab) is available under the Text 500 package and comes with 500 minutes, 5000 texts and 1GB of internet access. Alternatively, you can get it under the One Plan package which includes four times the number of minutes, the same amount of texts, 5000 3-to-3 minutes and as much data as you can possibly consume (ed : plus the added advantage of no-limit tethering).

The Xperia Play was launched back in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and is the first Playstation certified smartphone on the market.

It comes with six free games preloaded, a proper slide-out game pad with the usual control buttons, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, full access to the Android market, stereo speakers and a five megapixel camera with flash.

The rest of the configuration is pretty standard; a 4-inch WVGA screen, 512MB RAM, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon system on chip with an Adreno 205 GPU, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and support for up to 32GB microSD card.

All the main mobile phone operators including Virgin Media have confirmed that that they will be offering the phone.

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.