UK MOBILE RETAILER Phones 4U has started taking preorders for the Sony Xperia SP, and has said it will ship orders on 3 May.
Phones 4U is offering the Sony Xperia SP on a range of different tariffs, and is listing contracts from operators including EE, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone. That means that the phone will be available to use on any network, with O2 and Three having already announced that they too will be selling the handset.
The cheapest tariff is a 24 month £25 Vodafone offer, including 300 minutes, unlimited texts 250MB of data and a free phone. Orange seems to have the best contract on show however, with its £28.50 monthly contract offering 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data.
EE's contracts typically are more expensive, as they come with accesss to its 4G network included. The cheapest contract comes in at £31 a month although this will only get you 500MB of data, which likely will run out fairly quickly, especially once EE has doubled its speeds. For a healthier 8GB of monthly data, however, buyers will have to sign up for a £56 a month tariff.
What's more, the first 2,000 who preorder via Phones 4U will get a free Bluetooth headset, because apparently we still live in the early 2000s.
The Sony Xperia SP was announced in March as an affordable alternative to the Sony Xperia Z. It has a 4.6in HD screen powered by a Qualcomm dual-core 1.7GHz processor and Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.
There's also an 8MP camera with Exmor RS sensor, battery 'stamina' mode, integrated NFC, 8GB of internal expandable storage and support for 4G LTE. µ