Xperia Play shipment stolen ahead of New Zealand launch

New Zealand launch pushed back as launch stock stolen

Gaming smartphone faces delays in New Zealand as launch stock is stolen

Having got off to a rocky start following its UK launch last month, Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play handset faces further woes as the shipment of launch units for Vodafone New Zealand is stolen en route.

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Whilst it is currently unknown exactly how many Sony Ericsson Xperia Play handsets were stolen in the heist, Vodafone New Zealand has officially announced that the theft has caused unexpected delays and as such will result in the handset’s release being pushed back.

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Making the announcement via its official Twitter feed the New Zealand network provider announced: “Vodafone New Zealand regret to advise the Xperia Play launch will be delayed. Major security breech. The shipment of phones has been stolen.”

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play was hotly tipped as a mobile gaming revolution prior to launch offering PlayStation controls on a smartphone. Following its arrival, however, the colloquially known PSP phone has failed to ignite much interest in the crowded mobile market with a limited run of dated games not able to draw in a core gaming audience.

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Via: Engadget