Sony Ericsson's C905a runs into paparazzi, heads to AT&T stores?

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Sony Ericsson's C905a runs into paparazzi, heads to AT&T stores?
As we reported yesterday, AT&T is expected to launch the Sony Ericsson C905a on July 19th. The handset managed to catch the attention of the paparazzi who managed to get a few shots off before the phone had to rush off to AT&T stores. The handset has already been out in Europe, and now catching the attention of  U.S. cellphone buyers is the device's 8.1MP camera with Xenon flash, AF and video capture. The bad news is that it appears that AT&T has crippled the C905a by removing the Wi-Fi radio and support for Exchange. Who does AT&T think they are? (We bet you can answer that). The handset offers on-device image editing, FM radio and a scratch-resistant display made of mineral glass. There also will be M2 support up to 16GB, so you should be able to take advantage of the high-end shooter to take and save a ton of pictures. We gave you the pricing yesterday, but just in case you didn't commit it to memory, after rebate it will cost $179.99 with a two year contract.

Sony Ericsson C905a Specifications | Review

source: BGR



4. MrMojo

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 10, 2009

Check out various SE websites to see if you can find info on debranding the C905A. Why pay for it when the "regular" version has full features? Just buy the imported "regular" C905 version that most people outside the USA has! Remember, ATT doesn't want people using Wifi because it wants people to buy their data plan. Similar reason that ATT does not allow Voip calls thru Wifi using the iPhones!

5. modoc

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 30, 2009

I called sony ericsson and they confirmed that the phone was shipped with WiFi and that ATT disabled it. Likely they just do not provide the ability to configure it and may not have the software support for the function. I think this is illegal. If I buy a phone with a capability then turning it off is stealing. I do not understand the logic of it, since my wife's LG phone has wifi. The Att customer rep said the difference is that smart phones support wifi and "dumb" phones do not. I hope someone brings a class action law suit against ATT someday with this complaint since they are not letting me operate hardware (although it could all be software potentially) that I own. They are acting like a monopoly. I see they support internet over the USB, maybe a wifi dongle will work.

1. rew729 unregistered

No Wi-Fi!!! Are you kidding me?!?!? I have been waiting for this phone for a year and a half and now its crippled for 180 dollars!!! I could have bought the C905 European version 6 months ago but it didn't have American 3G. Now I'm gonna wait for the Aino and ill prolly get crapped on when that gets released too. They'll probably take the camera out of it!!!!!! If anyone wants to sell an OMNIA HD for 180 bux let me know.

2. B_Adams

Posts: 24; Member since: May 25, 2009

maybe you can hack the C905? --its a possibilty. a lot of people debrand their sony ericssons. just hope you don't brick it; if you decide to.

3. rew729 unregistered

Hack it how, to give the c905 american 3g or to give the c905a wi-fi? I am willing to bet the c905a has a wi-fi radio in it and its just disabled by software.

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