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Sony Xperia ion is coming to AT&T on June 24th for the killer price of $99.99

0. phoneArena posted on 14 Jun 2012, 08:30

You might want to circle this down on your calendar, because the Xperia ion is slated to officially launch on AT&T starting on June 24! Just a tiny bit over 1 ½ weeks away, AT&T customers looking to try some other high-end Android smartphone should take notice...

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posted on 14 Jun 2012, 10:33 3

17. hepresearch (unregistered)

I said before that this would start to happen, but I didn't whole-heartedly believe it at that time. Samsung and HTC get the living snot sued out of them over Android, so their prices go up, and then along comes Sony, who has not been sued nearly as badly or as often, sneaking in high-end Android phones for $100+ less on-contract compared to Samsung and HTC high-end competition. Sony will start to steal away Android share from Samsung and HTC... combined with VZW's new (and much more expensive) shared plans announced a couple days ago, and with Nokia's final suicide stock-plunge, and the announcement of the parting-out of their patent portfolio, today, things are looking wierd, but in a strangely-recognizable and eerily-familiar way...

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 10:34 1

18. zvadim (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

S3, Gingerbread, what is this 2011?!
S3+LTE= sucky battery life.

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 20:47 1

38. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

720P HD SCREEN 720 FRONT CAM, 1080P HD VIDEO 12MP WITH 1/2 sec shot. s**t is better than some GINGERBREAD phones. also SONY says they don't need a QUAD CORE phone at this time. 99$ is better than spending 200$. Not to mention PLAY STATION CERTIFIED

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 11:17 3

19. Gcombs (Posts: 133; Member since: 22 Aug 2011)

Wow now this is what I call competitive pricing!

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 12:19

21. issa8 (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)

Why is Sony always soooooo late? This should have been released months ago!

They did the same thing with the Xperia X10 a couple years ago..cmon Sony! And if you're gonna wait this long to release it, at least put ICS on it!

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 12:40

23. kach22 (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

I have every reason to believe that launch of this phone going to be delayed as soon it will be found to have infringed some crazy patents. Guess who's going to the court and be a cry baby?

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 14:50 4

28. hepresearch (unregistered)

No, actually, they won't... and I'll give you a few reasons why:

1) Historically, Apple and Sony have sparred over very little, mostly just disputes over how Sony Entertainment content is treated on iTunes and an occasional spat over one or two patents related to camera tech early on, as I recall, but nothing recent.

2) Apple and Sony were partners with Microsoft and some others in the acquisition of the Nortel portfolio... much to Google's disappointment at the time. Apple and Sony are partners in acquiring patents from third-parties and largely sharing the use of such IP with each other.

3) Apple has refrained from naming Sony as a defendant in any litigation over Android and its implementation... in fact, aside from the Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE and possibly Pantech/PCD, they are debatably the only well-known and previously-established Android OEM that has NOT been sued by Apple for Android-related patent infringement.

4) Apple and Sony already have a deep-rooted alliance regarding multimedia content and digital rights, and this alliance has continued to grow in strength over the years. While Apple has been perfectly willing to strain their relationships with larger OEM's like Samsung and LG who in the past provided components for the iPhone and iPad, Apple has not pressed Sony in recent memory.

I see each and all of these reasons as an excuse for Apple to give Sony a pass, and also as a clue to the ultimate fate of Android... becoming a closed OS and ecosystem once it has been stripped from Google and sold to Sony for their use, and for them to license to other OEM's as a fully supported, fully-priced OS. The biggest players in the industry already picked who among them would eat the others when the time came: Nokia, Ericsson, Palm, RIM, and Motorola were slated from the beginning to be eaten, and the three "exalted ones" at the top of the food-chain, the "coronated kings" of all things digital and mobile, are to be Apple, Microsoft, and Sony. These three will continue to do battle with Samsung, LG, HTC, and Google, until they have either been pacified, or been eaten as well.

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 17:18 1

33. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Have I mentioned never change, buddy?

It is very interesting the deafening silence when it comes to Sony and litigation, but let's not lose sight of the fact they are not, and have not been, a huge mobile phone player in the last couple years as patent wars have really heated up, which is why it is back to just being Sony instead of Sony-Ericsson. Apple wants the big guns defeated and/or slowed down, and victories over them surely means easy litigation with the other manufacturers.

However, I do not doubt your facts as far as Sony and Apple's dynamic. We will see how the next 12 months go with ICS litigation, WP8 release, and iPhone 5 on the prowl. You get all time "told you so" rights if even HALF your predictions come true....

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 19:44

34. hepresearch (unregistered)

If even HALF of my "predictions" come true, there will be an epic silence of inner-shame from my end... because I will be shutting down my PC and silently running away to hide as fast as my stumpy little legs, calloused heels, and bunion-covered toes will carry me...

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 13:06

24. schecter7 (Posts: 99; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)

Awesome! - the price is very tempting. Since you guys have already waited, I'd strongly recommend to wait couple more weeks and grab it for $50 or even free from Amazon wireless. That's what I'm gonna do :P

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 22:19

44. dmn666 (Posts: 244; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

It's already been a long wait for me. I'm not sure if I can wait for couple more weeks :P $100 price tag along with 12 MP camera, SD slot, and HD display totally makes up for older S3. It sounds like a much better package than Xperia S. ICS should be out very very soon since it's not a US-only model as it was announced initially. Can't wait :D

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 16:26

30. thachlel (Posts: 75; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)

It comes late that is why only 99 but it has s3 instead s4 on HTC 1x btw, love my 1x very much! The ips panel is beautiful! Ez to moderate use battery last me 2 days after a month using n battery break in

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 20:05 1

35. kcombs (Posts: 275; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)

I was excited about Sony making a good phone, and then I saw it's launching with 2.3.. dumb!

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 22:07

43. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

the best looking android phone ive ever seen

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 00:06

45. rayman173 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Hell yeah finally.......so long htc vivid..... now who wants to buy my cases for it?????

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 01:10

46. x01hst (Posts: 13; Member since: 21 May 2012)

They have enough stock?

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