Sony responds to SIM-free Xperia T availability

by XB on 18th September 2012

in Xperia T

We recently reported that the upcoming Sony Xperia T (LT30p) may not hit retail until January 2013, at least in the UK. Well Sony Mobile has responded to those claims and told Android Central that the Xperia T will indeed be available in the UK “within timescales previously announced through Vodafone, EE, O2, 3, Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U and Tesco.

They went on to say that there are no restrictions from Sony on whether these phones are offered SIM-free or not. Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U normally offer handsets contract-free, although we argued previously that this doesn’t always happen. Case in point, the Xperia miro launched yesterday and Carphone Warehouse is not offering it SIM free.

Also, the response from Sony doesn’t categorically mention that the handset will be sold through wider retail including the likes of Amazon or Clove. These retailers would normally price up items soon after a product has been announced. The fact that only indicative pricing and release dates have been given to these retailers tells us that Sony is indeed holding back stock for wider distribution. The Xperia T is due to launch at the end of next week in the UK, so we’ll report back on the stock situation at that time.

Via Android Central.

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  • Metanol

    I hope it wont be the case in France as well, otherwise I will buy something else than an Xperia T.

  • Brapicoco

    Just launch the TX already before the hype and anticipation of the customers and loyal fans disappear or change their minds and get Iphone 5 or other Android flagships.

  • True…i plan to upgrade from my current arc and the xperia T is my first choice, but if they do release the sim-free in january 13, which is very late, i may switch to other manufacturer

  • As what you said, i was planning to get this Xperia T/TX the moment it got announced, but then its release date is wayyyyy too much for me to wait anymore. Now i have all my attention to Lumia 920 instead

  • lovebmw

    i wonder if the strikes in china will ffect anything , i hope not

  • Metanol

    I havent heard about strikes in China, however I asked a friend to buy a TX for me there and there was no more stock.

  • foggyflute

    I wait for international SX announcement, then nothing, so V will be good enough, then nothing…

  • xperia

    release the fones in india fast…..ur marketing team seriously sucks…..hw long shud w wait fr a model….

  • Brapicoco

    It’s such a bummer to see that the TX or T’s launch is slow, because 2013 is fast approaching plus the holiday seasons. on Feb 2013 MWC new 2013 phone will be announced making 2012 line behind again just like what happened to 2010 and 2011 xperia line. It would be so much better if Sony would reveal accurate launch dates just like what Apple does and other manufacturers.

  • lovebmw

    that was always the case when it came to SE phones… i remember i heard about the X10 in jan and ended up getting it in nov off of ebay…. sadly waiting 2 – 3 months is an improvement for SONY but not as good as other companies.

  • lovebmw

    GUESS WHAT, galaxy 4 will be released in Feb or so the rumer does, lol and sony has not yet released the T….. HAHAHAHAHAHA…… its funny but extremely sad

  • lovebmw

    it gets worse, Samsung galaxy 4 is coming out in Feb according to CNN thats what happens when you take your sweet time SONY

  • hamboy

    Agreed. I was excited about the Ion, that never arrived in the UK. Then they announced the SX and I got even more excited, that looks like it will never come to the UK. The same thing with the Xperia V… I’m running out of patience with Sony

  • Steve Blows Jobz

    way to go sony. hope you sell all 5 of those before this plastic piece of shit becomes also irrelevant like everything you do.

  • Tim

    I want sony to make its own chip SoC.

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  • Sam

    Sony always has screwed with the Indian Market. Their marketing strategy still does not recognize the consumer ability (read madness) in India.

    Its pathetic

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