Operators and retailers confirm MWC handsets

Written by: Mobile News
Operators and retailers confirm MWC handsets

HTC, Sony Ericsson, LG and Samsung phones will all be available in the UK, most likely in Q2

Following the release of a number of new handsets by manufacturers at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, a number of UK operators and retailers have announced which devices they will be stocking.

Mobile News wraps up the announcements made so far.

Vodafone will stock the HTC ChaCha,Desire S and Wildfire S as well as the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Neo. The Neo will be exclusively available in red from the operator.

No release dates or prices have been confirmed by Vodafone.

Orange will, like Vodafone offer its customers the new HTC and Sony Ericsson collectives and has secured a black exclusive for the Sony Ericsson Arc. It will also stock the LG Optimus 3D and Black.

An Orange spokesperson confirmed to Mobile News all of the devices will be available from its stores in Q2 of this year.

Orange’s Everything Everywhere partner T-Mobile will stock the same HTC and Sony Ericsson range, but only stock the LG Optimus 3D.

T-Mobile were unable to comment on release dates or prices.

Three, too has announced the Sony Ericsson and HTC threesomes will be available from its stores as will the HTC Flyer tablet and the Samsung Galaxy S II.

O2 will stock the LG Optimus 3D, the HTC Desire S and the Sony Ericsson Play and Arc

The Carphone Warehouse would only confirm that it would stock two of the recently released handsets, the LG Optimus 3D and the HTC Incredible S.

Carphone will be the exclusive launch partner for both handsets.

The Incredible S will be available from all Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy UK stores on March 3.

Phones 4U confirmed it would also stock the HTC and Sony Ericsson handsets as well as the Samsung Galaxy S II.

The retailer told Mobile News it had no immediate plans to stock any of the tablets announced at MWC, but said it was “committed heavily to investing” in that space during 2011.

P4U, like the majority of operators and retailers was also unable to confirm any launch dates.

3 Responses to “Operators and retailers confirm MWC handsets”

  1. Roshan says:

    I'm not sure that these 12 month handset contracts have been introduced yet as I couldn't find them on the Vodafone store online? Are they available on the high street?
    Where I think it is a great thing for consumers to be able to get smartphones on a 12 month contract, I'm also wondering what the handset cost will be or will there be deals that offer them for free on a £35 a month contract. Will we see the market eventually shift back to the way it was before if the other operators follow suit? As the owner of a SIM only comparison site I will be hoping that this still has it's place in the market too as I feel they still offer better value for money with customers happy with their phones.

  2. Vodafone One Net is a managed and hosted VoIP solution end-to-end – where is the guaranteed quality of service from an app, compared to One Net…?

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