The Android-powered Sony Xperia S is on sale now on Three, as Ericsson’s one-time partner presses ahead with the release of kits conceived before the companies formally separated.
The carrier is offering the Xperia S for free from £30 per month when buyers sign up to a 24-month deal on the Essential Internet 500 plan. Monthly allowances on this tariff are 250MB of data, 500 minutes and 5,000 texts.
If you want it on the One Plan, and we’re guessing most tech-savvy punters will, it’s £36 per month.
As with the Essential Internet Plan, that’ll get you a free phone, all-you-can-eat-data, plus 2,000 minutes, 5,000 Three-to-Three minutes and 5,000 texts per month.
Touted as Sony’s flagship phone for 2012, the Xperia S stands out for its 12-megapixel snapper with Exmor R sensor, 4.3-inch HD Reality Display and array of options to share content from your phone to other devices.
It’s also got NFC smarts on board for contactless payments and switching between phone profiles with the free 'smart' tags provided in the box, 32GB of onboard memory and a dual core 1.5GHz processor.
In news that might disappoint the Fandroid hardcore, it runs the somewhat creaky 2.3 - aka Gingerbread - version of Android out of the box. But we’re assured that an update to the up-to-the-minute Ice Cream Sandwich version will be along any day now.