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Xperia Play PlayStation Phone Costs Just $100

The Xperia Play was hotly anticipated and rumored for years (literally -- we first heard about it in 2007!). However, it seems the frenzy of excitement has fizzled since the device actually hit shelves as Verizon has seen fit to cut the price by half.

Phandroid reports that Verizon, which started selling the Xperia Play for $200 on May 26, has just cut the price of the phone down to $100 with a two-year contract. Specwise, the Xperia Play boasts a 4-inch 480x854 (FWVGA) display, 8GB of storage via microSD, Gingerbread, a 1GHz Scorpion ARMv7 CPU, a 5-megapixel camera, support for USB 2.0, Bluetooth, WiFi, up to 5 hours and 35 minutes of game time from the battery (roughly 8 hours of talk time, depending on the network), and the all important slide-out d-pad with analog pads and L&R shoulder buttons.

Verizon has not commented on whether or not the price drop is permanent or a limited-time offer designed to drum up interest in the phone. In any case, are you tempted?

  • Meatymutawings
    It costs $100? With a contact, yes! well, no duh, the iPhone 4 only cost $50 with a "contract"
    apparently you'll be paying much more than $100 if you don't go with the 2 year ripoff contract.
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  • MeriaX
    $100 if you sign up for a 2 year contract huh? How about $0 with a 2 year contract- http://www.letstalk.com/product/promo.htm?buyType=10&tNav=1&devicePrId=38933&carrierCorpId=660

    Your welcome-
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  • wh3resmycar
    yes and the iphone 4 is as sophisticated as a dual core Android phone, not.
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  • Hatecrime69
    wh3resmycaryes and the iphone 4 is as sophisticated as a dual core Android phone, not.
    of course, this not being a dual-core android phone, it does not apply :P the specs for the play and iphone 4 are nearly the same
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  • jivdis1x
    This is not a price cut. They just getting less up front. The price of the phone is in the 2yr contract.
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  • jivdis1x
    All smartphones requiring a data plan and 2 yrs contract should be free.
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  • Azn Cracker
    yeaa $30 data plan x 24 months = $720. That is a lot for a damn phone
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  • someguynamedmatt
    Mosin Nagant + 40-60 rounds of ammo also costs $100. And doesn't come with a contract. And is more fun. Exponentially more fun.
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  • NuclearShadow
    $100 phone and a contract that looks to be $80 a month with only 2GB plan before taxes just so I can play a portable version of Minecraft. I love Minecraft, but I think I will pass on this one.
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  • pinkeyes
    Is everyone really crying about data plans when this article has nothing to do with that?

    Putting that aside, I think that concept of having a controller slide out from your phone is a neat idea. It's too bad the hardware specs are old hat, otherwise I'd consider trading up.
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