PS Vita exclusive on AT&T: Sony could be making a huge mistake

By Posted 7 Jun 2011, 03:51

As we’ve just informed you, Sony has just announced official prices for their upcoming PS Vita handheld, formerly known as the NGP. However, one huge announcement was the fact that the 3G model is going to be exclusive to AT&T, and the news was met with considerable tension amongst the shocked audience.

This is definitely a shocker, as nobody expected AT&T to emerge as the exclusive carrier for one of the most sought after products of 2011. If you tuned in to the event live, you will have watched the audience react with ironic jeers and laughter, seemingly suggesting to Sony ‘Are you kidding me?’

Obviously they are not, and it means that Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile fans may have to put up with AT&T for the 3G version of the Vita, as it doesn’t look like this exclusivity deal is going to end soon. No details on specific AT&T data plans yet, but we do know the model will cost $299 for the 3G version, which isn’t bad.

As US consumers are well aware, AT&T are not exactly the most popular carrier in the US, with many believing that their customer service is the sole reason for them moving to other carriers such as Verizon. How many of you are willing to bite the bullet with AT&T for the Vita?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Msaltzman88 Matthew Saltzman

    Nope, screw AT&T. Horrible company, at least here in the US.

  • http://www.facebook.com/christopher.m.delgado Christopher Michael Delgado

    don’t forget that’s just more incentive you don’t need at&t to play so don’t blow this out of proportion that just extra.

  • http://profiles.google.com/thedstroyr jessie ross

    Honestly I’ve never had any problems with AT&T.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EEOTERFR3DPUJ2GDNRIKDSW2AQ BrianC

    Isn’t AT&T better than other companies on the data side? AT&T’s voice service seems to have a lot of people hating them but not data. This thing won’t be a phone too, will it?

  • t3chr3b3l

    I have personally had AT&T for 9 years, this is after having tried and hated both the service and customer service with all other carriers. I have had nothing but good experience with AT&T on both aspects so this announcement doesn’t really bother me.

  • Shawn Robeck

    At&t plans have always been way overpriced. Just look at new plans new on smartphones: 2G max download caps, when verizon and sprint have unlimited data plans at cheaper rates. It makes no sense.

    • t3chr3b3l

      All plans are essentially overpriced and generally if you read the fine print they all also are limited in some way

  • Shawn Robeck

    At&t plans have always been way overpriced. Just look at new plans new on smartphones: 2G max download caps, when verizon and sprint have unlimited data plans at cheaper rates. It makes no sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raonak-Naicker/100001032931100 Raonak Naicker

    Well, Its not like 3g will be too important, since you can just wireless tether via smartphones.

    just get wifi only model and be happy.

  • Anonymous

    This is the best news heard in a long time however the whole AT&t might put me off into getting the 3G version until another carrier is available

  • Anonymous

    This is the best news heard in a long time however the whole AT&t might put me off into getting the 3G version until another carrier is available

  • Anonymous

    This is the best news heard in a long time however the whole AT&t might put me off into getting the 3G version until another carrier is available

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Tyler-Garcia/1242015234 Steve Tyler Garcia

    I refuse to buy a vita while it is controlled by AT&T.  They have lost one customer, more than likely thousands.

  • Chris Rael

    I’ll let you all in on something this ignoramus failed to mention in his half arsed so called “article”. Sony chose At&t due to a lack of gsm options in the US. So, people please for the love of all that is good, don’t buy into this crap article, the very fact that he didn’t even explore this idea gives testament to the seething fanboyism coming from this “writer”. 

  • Panda15Epic

    there is no need to worry it has wifi so just use your phone as a wifi hot spot no prob dont blow it out of proportion

  • Demacy

    I’ll buy the Vita cause it’s awesome, I’m going to purchase the 3G version however I will not subscribe to AT&T, I’ll wait for the Exclusivity to expire. 

    If it never expires then I’ll never use that 3G functionality.

    Huge mistake on Sony’s part? not really, but it the AT&T exclusive deal does ZERO to attract customers.

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