Back in May, Verizon officially launched the Xperia Play and the era of the PlayStation Phone was upon us. Fast forward two months and now Verizon has slashed the price of handset to $99 with contract. Verizon is offering the deal as part of a “Back to School”, designed for students looking to add a little gaming to their curriculum.
The Xperia Play is pre-loaded with games like Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, The Sims 3, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot and Tetris. So, as you grab your pencils, paper, and a new backpack, be sure to pick up an Xperia PLAY.
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No word on how long this promotion will run nor whether the price will ever go back up to $199 again. Anyone planning to get one from Verizon? Be sure to read our review if you need a bit of help.
Press release after the break.
GET YOUR GAME ON BEFORE YOU GO BACK-TO-SCHOOL WITH THE SONY ERICSSON XPERIA™ PLAY FOR $99.99 ON THE VERIZON WIRELESS NETWORK
The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY, exclusively for Verizon Wireless, is now available for $99.99 with a new two-year agreement. The Xperia™ PLAY redefines mobile gaming by combining all the features customers expect from a fully-featured smartphone with the ultimate gaming experience.
Powered by Android 2.3, Gingerbread, the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY comes pre-loaded with seven game titles including, Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports), Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior (Digital Legends), Asphalt 6: Adrenaline (Gameloft), The Sims 3 (EA), Star Battalion (Gameloft), Crash Bandicoot (Sony Playstation) and Tetris. Customers will have more than 100 games optimized for Xperia™ PLAYavailable for download via V CAST Apps and Android Market by the end of the year. Gaming has never been like this on a phone with the slide out game pad revealing a directional keypad, dual analog touch joystick, two shoulder buttons and the four iconic PlayStation® symbol keys: circle, X, square and triangle.
- 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® processor with Adreno 205 GPU
- Adobe Flash Player
- 4-inch multi-touch display
- 5 Megapixel rear facing camera
- VGA front facing camera for still shots and video chatting
- Support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk, Google Search, Google Maps and access to more than 200,000 apps available to download from Android Market™
- Mobile Hotspot capable- share 3G connection with up to five WiFi-enabled devices
Pricing and Availability:
The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY will be available for $99.99 with a new two-year agreement beginning July 18 in store and online, http://specialoffers.verizonwireless.com/seasonal/2011/backtoschool/.
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access and an unlimited smartphone data plan is $29.99 for monthly access.