Vodafone is Sony's "preferred partner" for 3G Vita in UK

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    Vodafone is the "preferred provider" of 3G connectivity for PlayStation Vita in the UK, Sony has announced.

    This deal extends to Ireland, Italy, Germany, Span, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands. In France the preferred partner is SFR.

    The Vita 3G/WI-Fi model comes with a Vodafone SIM card so you can immediately use social gaming features when out and about. These include "near", an application that lets you discover other Vita users who are in your surrounding area and gift virtual items, such as costumes and treasures, to them at the locations they have visited.

    3G also enables Party, a pre-installed app that enables communication features during online gaming or web browsing. You can update your gaming status via the Facebook, Twitter and FourSquare apps.

    You can also buy the PS Vita 3G/Wi-Fi model direct from Vodafone online and in shops. If you connect with Vodafone you get a PlayStation Network voucher to download WipEout 2048 from the PlayStation Store.

    "Data plans will be flexible meeting the needs of all users," Sony said. Additional details about Vodafone data plans and pricing will be announced by Vodafone at a later date.

    "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 Sony Computer Entertainment boss 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."

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

    "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. 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."

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-11-21-vodafone-is-sonys-preferred-partner-for-3g-vita-in-uk

    3G Vitas are not locked to Vodafone so you can use another network.
     
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    The US got shafted in 3G, Japan has the superior NTT with 100 hours of 3G for $75 US + 100 free with preorder, EU has interchangeable providers, and what do we get the evils of AT&T and only AT&T.
     
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    UK data charges are stupid though, most networks have a 500MB or 1GB limit.
    GiffGaff is the best network for UK so far.
     
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    hopefully in germany it will be t-mobile or vodafone, O2 would be ok, but if its e-plus I will cry...hate this network soooo much.




    GiffGaff is using the O2 network, isn't it?
     
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    It's Vodafone.
    Yup, which is funny because it's better than O2 deals.
     
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    good news that its vodafone and about giffgaff, yea, "VirtualNetworkProviders" are almost everytime better and cheaper.
    what is strange about UK Networks is, that they still sell minutes. I think they did this over herein germany, in austria and france around 5 years ago?
    Today everyone has unlimited calls to the own network provider, to landlines and sometimes to many other countries or other networks.

    do you have any pricing information?
    I suppose it will be so or so very expensive or will they use just normal pin-code cards for charging?
    If so, Vodafone has for 10 € unlimited internet and full speed till 5 GB as prepaid.
     
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    What? Not free 3G?
     
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    No?
     
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    Hmm. I thought the extra 70 quid would've warranted an Amazon WhisperNet-style service. Clearly, I was incorrect.
     
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    inb4 they lock the service down to vodafone in Europe :P
     
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    How much extra per month do you have to pay to have the 3G version in the UK?
     
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    An extra £50. Wifi only is going to be £229 and the 3G+Wifi will be £279.
     
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    Pricing isn't known yet.
    That's for the Vita, not the service.
     

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