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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Now Available From £270

Mobile phone operator T-Mobile has teamed up with KGBdeals to deliver a £330 discount on a specific monthly contract for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.

The deal (opens in new tab) requires the user to buy a £15 voucher that entitles him to a £345 saving over the contract which costs £600 in all (or £25 per month over two years).

That, T-mobile reckons, is a 96 per cent saving over its regular pricing. Aside from the phone you also get 1200 minutes, 500 texts and T-Mobile's internet booster which gives you unlimited internet access but with 1GB fair usage allowance.

The total cost of ownership is a mere £270 over a two year period or just over £11 per month; a cracking deal given that the SIM free version of the phone is worth at least 50 per cent more. Note that the vouchers will have to be used by the end of the month and the deal is also subject to a credit check.

The Xperia play was launched at the beginning of the year at MWC and is probably the first real smartphone designed with gamers in mind.

It comes with a proper slide out control pad with dedicated analogue Playstation buttons, seven games, a decent camera and runs on Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread.

Like the Xperia arc, the Xperia Pro and the Xperia Neo, it comes with 512MB RAM and runs on a single core Qualcomm system on chip clocked at 1GHz.

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.