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UPDATED: Xperia Play and Xperia Arc delayed, due to ‘freight issues’

Both the Xperia Play and Xperia Arc may not get to some customers or stores on launch day, according to some phone networks.

The first network to break the news was Vodafone, who told their pre-order customers that the latest smartphones from Sony Ericsson won’t be arriving on the Friday release date.

Vodafone have also released a statement, based on information they sent to customers on Thursday evening.

It reads: “Sony Ericsson has advised us that it will not be able to supply the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Arc devices to meet their original launch date of 1 April.

“Unfortunately, this means there will be a small delay before pre-order customers receive their orders and the devices are made available for sale in our shops.

“We’re working closely with Sony Ericsson to ensure our customers’ phones are delivered as soon as possible and we will contact people directly with specific timescales when we know more. We appreciate this is disappointing and are doing our very best to resolve this as quickly as possible.”

Explaining the delay, a statement released by Sony Ericsson says that they’ve had a “freight issue that may impact the number of Xperia Plays arriving at some retail outlets. This said, consumers can purchase Xperia Play as of April 1st at a number of stores across the UK.”

Eaxctly which stores they are talking about hasn’t been confirmed just yet.

Though there has been no new release date confirmed just yet, an industry source told us that the delay should be a matter of days rather than weeks.

O2 had announced earlier this week that they had pushed back their release of the Xperia Play following doubts over the phone’s software.

UPDATED: Three Mobile have told Recombu that there will be a slight delay on the arrival of the Xperia Play. A spokesperson told us that the PlayStation phone won’t be here for a few days, and that they expect it in stores early next week. We’re told there’s no delay to the Xperia Arc from Three.

UPDATED AGAIN: Orange have confirmed that there will be both the Xperia Play and the Xperia Arc will be available from Orange, from Friday.

UPDATED THRICE: A spokesperson from Carphone Warehouse has been in touch, telling us that they’ve had no problems with their Xperia Play delivery- all ready for launch tomorrow. (Friday April 1st 2011)

Engadget are reporting that T-Mobile expect their Xperia Play phones to be available ‘mid-April’. We’re still waiting for confirmation from T-Mobile.


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