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Sony partners with Vodafone for Vita

Mobile network the preferred partner for 3G in the UK and selected territories

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has named Vodafone as its preferred partner for the PS Vita's 3G feature.

"With social gaming and connectivity at the heart of PlayStation Vita it is important that we partner with a market leading network provider, to ensure users have a high quality 3G experience," said SCEE CEO Jim Ryan.

"Partnering with Vodafone will enable PS Vita users in the selected countries to always be connected with their PlayStation life, friends and games, wherever they are."

The handheld device is due to launch on February 22.

"We want our customers to have the best choice of devices and PlayStation Vita is a great addition to our range," said Patrick Chomet, Vodafone's Group Terminals Director.

"We know from our application downloads that games are hugely popular with our customers, so we're delighted to be SCEE's preferred connectivity partner for 3G Vita devices sold across Europe and other selected regional markets."

The partnership will extend across a number of territories, UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands, and via SFR in France.

"Using the device over Vodafone's high-performance network with extensive 3G reach and market leading download speeds brings a reliable 'anywhere anytime' dimension to gaming."

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Matthew Bowman Product Coordinator, Dr Studios9 years ago
Does this mean we can legitimately boycott the Vita until Vodafhone coughs up the 7bn it owes the UK taxpayers?

I jest, interesting partnership.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 9 years ago
15/month with a 1GB download limit before you get choked to 64kbit, or 25 for 5GB. That's hardly something to get excited and most certainly not 'anytime, anywhere'

Plus it appears you have to pay full price for the Vita and do not get subsidies the way you do when buying other hardware with your 3G contract.
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Haven Tso Web-based Game Reviewer 9 years ago
If that's the case, that means we will have patching gaming with Vita in Australia
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Hakki Sahinkaya9 years ago
Sony confirmed on their blog comments that VITA will NOT be Sim locked. So you can use what you prefer but also in the blog comment, they say it's only been tested with Vodafone hence it's "preferred" status.

I am not too savy on network technology, but I'm not sure what advantage testing with one connection over another has to do with anything, if you connect you connect.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 9 years ago
3G providers tend to lock ports, shape traffic, deny services they do not like, inspect and refuse packet types, and that is not half of it. I suppose tested with Vodafone means the Vita gets all it wants, when it wants.

The device not being sim-locked might be due to the power of large European retail chains. the typical electronics store carrying the Vita will most likely prefer to bundle it with the contract it sees fit. If the device was sim-locked, the only company offering bundles would be Vodafone and the Vita most likely kicked off shelves until the day Sony has proven they can sell large volumes on a weekly basis over a large amount of time.
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I hope Vodafail (oops I mean fone) have a better reputation in the UK than Australia. If I get a PSV, there is no chance I'll ever get the 3G version (seems like a waste of money to me). And surely the 3G (+ wifi) functionality translates into lower battery life, compared to the wifi only one?
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Peter Paninar Artist 9 years ago
I wonder if it will be possible to use skype on the 3G directly... as thats something thats not possible on phones unless you hide behind VPN ;)
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