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PS Vita fire sale in Sony stores could signal plans to axe 3G model

Sony is selling the 3G-equipped PS Vita for $199.97 at some of its stores, a saving of some $100 on its list price. Joystiq reports that "a majority" of Sony stores in the US are offering the deal, which also includes an 8GB memory card and free downloadable game (if you sign up to a data plan). Some store representatives told Joystiq that the deal is happening because Sony plans to discontinue the 3G model.

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Xaphy1231d ago

maybe because they charge too much for low quota? I have the 3G model and where I live they don't even offer any sort of ps vita contracts.

Conzul1231d ago

Hopefully it's because they're going to replace it with an uptier model of some sort. 4G, other upgrades or something.

darthv721231d ago

I dont know if they would make a 4g version. If the idea is to discontinue the 3g then it is based on the usage details they have accumulated since launch.

Meaning they can tell how many units of each have been sold and from the stats provided to them from the 3g carriers as well.

If the amount of usage is low, it isnt in their best interest to continue to sell that model. They could eliminate it, and sell just the wifi model and you could still do tethering on it via bluetooth to a smartphone.

rainslacker1231d ago

Probably didn't help that they locked it into the AT&T network in the US either. AT&T charges quite a bit for their data plans, and that would turn a lot of people off IMO, particularly since you can't really use the 3G for games anyways.

Vita should have been 3G/4G compatible from launch, and not locked into a carrier if they wanted that to take off on the system. They did it to themselves, and it made it so it wasn't a viable option to many who may have brought it over a tablet.

ABizzel11231d ago

A 4G LTE model would be nice, but they can't keep it stuck to AT&T or no one will use it.

On top of that it needs to be considered as a tablet, so you can add it to your current data plan for only $10 more a month, and not so outrageous price.

MasterCornholio1231d ago

Sony really screwed up with the 3G model. What they should have done was allowed any sim card to work with it that way people can just use their 3G service for their phones on the Vita.

In the beginning i really wanted a 3G vita but since Sony had those stupid plans i got a Wifi one instead. To tell you the truth im pretty happy with my WiFi vita and so far i havent run into a situation where i would need a 3G vita.

PhillipSantanaMusic1231d ago

but i bet if you spent the extra money and got a 3g model youd find a reason to use it!

Fluke_Skywalker1231d ago

I have a 3G one and tbh I can't recall having ever used the 3G for anything. It doesn't do anything over 3G anyway!

PhillipSantanaMusic1231d ago (Edited 1231d ago )

you saying it dont do anything over the 3g yet im here responding to you from my vita on 3g as we speak.

then you say you cant recall having ever used the 3G, umm for starters you will have to have the 3g active so...

ppl be killing me!

Th4Freak1231d ago

@PhillipSantanaMusic Why spend $50 extra in the 3G version when you can tether (share) your phone internet connection to the PSV?

kneon1231d ago

It's the carriers that decide what plans to offer

darthv721231d ago

i didnt buy it to use the 3g however. i bought it because it was the complete package unlike the wifi version.

should i desire to use 3g, its there. you cant say the same about the wifi version.

options for tethering should be possible on both due to bluetooth but you would need to have a tethering plan on your smartphone in order to use it.

Th4Freak1231d ago

@darthv72 If you root your phone you can tether w/o paying a tethering plan, there are some carriers that block it too and you can bypass it as far as your phone is rooted.

rainslacker1231d ago (Edited 1231d ago )

The reason for the lock was because there is more than one standard for 3G. AT&T offered them the money to support only their standard, which in turn meant that there was no need to have a separate 3G transponder within the system itself, thus reducing the cost.

It's kind of dumb, because it pretty much locks out an entire market. Vita isn't like a smartphone where there is an alternative on another carrier for consumer choice. I personally hate AT&T with a passion, and it made my decision easy on which one to buy. On top of that 3G will not be around as long as the Vita will be, so it will make the 3G version obsolete for that reason in the future.

Funny thing about all this...it was the only thing that was "boo'd" about during the press conference regarding this. Everything else was praised to death. That should have been a good sign to Sony right there.

kneon1231d ago

@rainslacker

AT&T didn't have to pay Sony for them to choose their version of 3G. AT&T uses GSM like most of the rest of the world. Sony built the 3G version to work with GSM since that is the standard used almost everywhere. It just so happens that in the US the big GSM carrier is AT&T.

rainslacker1231d ago (Edited 1231d ago )

@kneon

Really? You think so? Why cut out the many other carriers in the US that offer GSM services on their network then? How come any official information on using the 3G on the Vita from Sony always refers to AT&T, and not one of their affiliate companies which use their service, or any other company that uses compatible technology. Are those affiliate companies even able to work on the Vita?

Here's a list.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

In Europe they didn't lock the Vita to one carrier, and there is more than one type of service available there. They partnered with Vodafone(i believe), but the choice was still there for the consumers.

I'll admit that all the other carriers of GSM may not be as big as AT&T in the US, but the fact that Sony made it so you could only use AT&T is because money changed hands. To believe otherwise is naive. The only ones that benefited from that decision were AT&T and Sony due to money that changed hands.

Edit: I will clarify that Sony's decision on not supporting CDMA is likely all on them and not because of AT&T, but the rest is because AT&T partnered with Sony to block the choice in service providers.

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Anon19741231d ago

Personally, I've never understood the appeal of the 3g model. It's not like anyone is offering specific contracts for PS Vita users. If I'm on the go and I really wanted to, I could just fire up a wi-fi hotspot on my phone and link my Vita to that, but I don't see that happening very often. Usually, I'm gaming with my Vita at home anyway and have access to my own wi-fi.

If we look at the tablet market, 9 out of 10 tablets sold are wi-fi only and that seems sufficient. It was nice of Sony to offer the option, but it just seems like a "nice to have" feature as opposed to a reason to buy a system.

Conzul1231d ago

Well Sony's own upcoming Xperia Tablet Z will have two variants....Wifi 32GB and 4G 64GB.

I think that's why they're dropping the 3G - just because 4G is the new black.

Anon19741231d ago

Don't get me wrong. I'm all for consumer choice and there's no doubt there's a market for 3G/4G devices. I personally just don't think it's necessary - but I'm sure there's interested gamers out there.

Apollosupreme1231d ago

That sucks when you consider you could have got another new release for the price difference you paid for the 3G you can't use...

showtimefolks1231d ago (Edited 1231d ago )

When Sony announced the $249 price point people clapped During conference but when Sony said exclusive to AT&T booooooooooo that was classic lol

Vita has started to pick up pace and that's nice, I will pick it up with soul sacrifice

Bring down the price on those memory sticks

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zeal0us1231d ago

$200 isn't a fire sale. If it was $100 or less then it would be a fire sale.

Kalowest1231d ago

LMFAO, I love Arrested Development!!!

brettski1231d ago

Great, now I can't get the final countdown out of my head :)

XabiDaChosenOne1231d ago

Should have done it already, 3g is pointless.

nevin11231d ago

They shouldnt have limited the 3G to AT&T. If there is a 4G Vita incoming, I suggest they let people choose their own provider.

kneon1231d ago

Don't blame Sony or AT&T, the fault is with Verizon and Sprint for going CDMA when most of the rest of the world went GSM. It's not worth the additional cost for Sony to make a CDMA or CMDA+GSM version.

DivineAssault 1231d ago

3G model was pointless.. I understand what they were trying to do but that was excessive

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