3 customers should be able to get their hands on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play from Friday, after problems hit the handset’s official due date last week.
The long-awaited so-called PlayStation phone had been due to go on sale across UK networks on April 1st. However, some UK networks, namely 3 and Vodafone, were forced to postpone sales amid stock shortages caused by the Japanese earthquake disaster.
Meanwhile, O2 announced that it was holding back the release of the Play to address last-minute firmware glitches it claimed to have discovered.
Today, however, for 3 customers at least, the wait looks to be almost over. According to a tweet from the carrier’s social networking coves, the Play is set to drop later this week.
In response to a customer query asking whether reports of a delay were true, 3 tweeted: “Unfortunately so, it's planned to get here Friday. We'll keep you updated.”
The sole carriers that went ahead with the Play from day one were Orange and its partner company T-Mobile. Branches of Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U also offered the handset on last Friday.