Sep, 15 2012

Sony hasn’t managed to make it to the top three Android manufacturer list yet, but they have some great options when it comes to SIM-free devices. SIM-free Sony Xperia devices usually come very affordable, while still being very capable devices. The Xperia T is a great option for those that want a powerful device that doesn’t break the pocket, but those looking to get it unlocked might have to wait until January.

According to Expansys, a popular cellphone retailer, the unlocked phone could be released as late as January, while the carrier-locked versions will be available between the 27th and 29th of September. We still have no details on pricing, but this phone better come with an enticing price-tag by then.

A dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.55-inch 720p display, 1 GB of RAM and Android 4.0 device is enticing right now (for the right price), but it will be one outdated device by the beginning of the year. Especially with CES kicking the year off.

Sony has been relatively better at this, but manufacturers should realize that the SIM-free market is very important and needs more attention. The selection of unlocked devices for those looking to get rid of the carriers’ chains is simply not up to par. Most of us may be locked to a carrier in the US, but such is not the case in other countries. Pre-paid GSM services are very important outside of the US, so please get on it, Carriers!

Sony could very well be playing it safe, and the SIM-free version might end up coming sooner than later. So let’s stay tuned and see what happens. For sure, this would be a good device if its price gets significantly discounted by then.

[Via: Tech Radar]

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