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Vodafone has just launched the SE Xperia X10 on their network as well, at $1,099 RRP unsubsidised. It comes with a launch offer of a free PSP for the first 300 purchasers who sign-up onto one of the approved On Account plans.

While this slightly interesting offer might help shift a few units it is still running Android 1.6 (although you have to download a spec sheet to find this out) and there is no mention of when an upgrade to 2.1 or later might be coming - same problem as for the recent HTC Magic.

With all indications that the new iPhone will be announced on June 7th at Apple's WWDC then the clock is ticking - Vodafone has 3 weeks to shift these 300 units before I would expect sales to dry up and they'll be left holding remaining stock which will have to be heavily discounted.

It is unbelievable that neither mobile operator can get their act together and give us latest HTC, Samsung or Motorola Android handsets running 2.1 which are available overseas incl. Australia. Android is having tough enough time against iPhone as it is to be hobbled by out of date OS versions from tier 2 handset vendors at ridiculous prices.

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  #330073 14-May-2010 12:45
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1.6 donut seem be to a waste on the 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, the same processor that runs HTC 2.1 devices. Not to worry, SE has promised 2.1 upgrade in Q4. By then 2.2 will probably be out.

http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/products/2010/05/05/sony-ericsson-xperia™-x10-to-get-uxp-upgrade-in-q4-2010/

Kudos to voda, much better effort than telecom. 

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  #330076 14-May-2010 12:46
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Just need the Desire now, don't hold your breath

 
 
 
 


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  #330079 14-May-2010 12:50
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Hmm, Clove.co.uk has them for $791 (inc postage, if you get hit with GST at customs, it goes up to $890..)




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  #330081 14-May-2010 12:55
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Kiwipixter: 1.6 donut seem be to a waste on the 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, the same processor that runs HTC 2.1 devices. Not to worry, SE has promised 2.1 upgrade in Q4. By then 2.2 will probably be out.

http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/products/2010/05/05/sony-ericsson-xperia™-x10-to-get-uxp-upgrade-in-q4-2010/

Kudos to voda, much better effort than telecom. 


It will be interesting to see how they manage this upgrade. As it is not a Google managed OS then it probably won't be OTA. There will be some nasty download to a PC then flash across process to go through.  

But as you say, 2.2 will be out by then AND 2.1 came out in January - this device really should be launching with 2.1 to be credible. 

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  #330082 14-May-2010 12:55
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The Smart plans, which are equivalent to iPhone plans and was launched with the HTC Magic, doesn't apply the hardware subsidy to the X10i.  Thats weird, did voda made a mistake?

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  #330085 14-May-2010 12:58

Kiwipixter: The Smart plans, which are equivalent to iPhone plans and was launched with the HTC Magic, doesn't apply the hardware subsidy to the X10i.  Thats weird, did voda made a mistake?


yes they do ... follow the link to the X10i launch page and click on the buy device and chose plan button... it's all in there.

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  #330091 14-May-2010 13:09
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PaulBrislen:
Kiwipixter: The Smart plans, which are equivalent to iPhone plans and was launched with the HTC Magic, doesn't apply the hardware subsidy to the X10i.  Thats weird, did voda made a mistake?


yes they do ... follow the link to the X10i launch page and click on the buy device and chose plan button... it's all in there.

cheers

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Nope, no subsidy applied.

 

 
 
 
 


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  #330095 14-May-2010 13:13
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kyhwana2: Hmm, Clove.co.uk has them for $791 (inc postage, if you get hit with GST at customs, it goes up to $890..)



$740 at today's rate

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  #330096 14-May-2010 13:17
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Kiwipixter: Kudos to voda, much better effort than telecom. 


In what sense?






 

 

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  #330100 14-May-2010 13:24
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timmyh: Vodafone has just launched the SE Xperia X10 on their network as well, at $1,099 RRP unsubsidised. It comes with a launch offer of a free PSP for the first 300 purchasers who sign-up onto one of the approved On Account plans.

While this slightly interesting offer might help shift a few units it is still running Android 1.6 (although you have to download a spec sheet to find this out) and there is no mention of when an upgrade to 2.1 or later might be coming - same problem as for the recent HTC Magic.

With all indications that the new iPhone will be announced on June 7th at Apple's WWDC then the clock is ticking - Vodafone has 3 weeks to shift these 300 units before I would expect sales to dry up and they'll be left holding remaining stock which will have to be heavily discounted.

It is unbelievable that neither mobile operator can get their act together and give us latest HTC, Samsung or Motorola Android handsets running 2.1 which are available overseas incl. Australia. Android is having tough enough time against iPhone as it is to be hobbled by out of date OS versions from tier 2 handset vendors at ridiculous prices.


Your right, why launching a competing device with old 1.6 when the new iPhone announcement is just around the corner?  Q4 is just too far away to wait for 2.1 upgrade, even before then the 4G noise and competing devices will be too deafening.  
 

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  #330101 14-May-2010 13:25

Go to the page you've got, click on the "buy now" button. It takes you to the shop, where it says "add to cart" device only and "add to cart" with a plan.

The plans are then listed along with the discount rate.




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  #330102 14-May-2010 13:26
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freitasm:
Kiwipixter: Kudos to voda, much better effort than telecom. 


In what sense?




Compare to telecom LG gw620 with 1.5 effort. 

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  #330103 14-May-2010 13:27
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Kiwipixter:
freitasm:
Kiwipixter: Kudos to voda, much better effort than telecom. 


In what sense?




Compare to telecom LG gw620 with 1.5 effort. 


I suspected you were going to say that. The Sony Ericsson X10 is also launching on Telecom NZ.





 

 

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  #330108 14-May-2010 13:40
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freitasm:
Kiwipixter:
freitasm:
Kiwipixter: Kudos to voda, much better effort than telecom. 


In what sense?




Compare to telecom LG gw620 with 1.5 effort. 


I suspected you were going to say that. The Sony Ericsson X10 is also launching on Telecom NZ.



Thats great. we'll finally have more options and competition. 

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  #330109 14-May-2010 13:40
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Price with plan, once you work out the wonderful VF Website

Smart $60 24 months term
60 Anytime minutes
200 TXTs to any NZ mobiles
250MB of data included

Your Sony Ericsson X10i
$799.00 with this plan.  

And if you want an iphone 3GS (16GB) on a similar plan.... that'll be $649 thanks


Wonder if the X10 has the 3GB data upgrade the iphone gets (even if its only for another 6 weeks)

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