Actually, in many countries you pay about 12,5 Euros per month and you get unlimited voice and/or video calls for all the numbers that share that price plan.
That means the 12,5€ are the money you have to talk to other people whatever their carrier/service provider.
As far as Data Plans, you'll have to pay 5€ for a max of 100MB monthly (Vodafone).
That means that you haven't got any chance to make a video call AND still have the money to call your friends "outside" your price plan.
In fact, you end up with 7,5€ and 100MB to make video calls AND surf the Web for a whole month, and you can make all the video calls you wish to the same price plan, whilst to other phones/providers you'll pay 0,65€ per minute.
You can see that is is much more practical, much easier and less complicated and above all - it is MUCH cheaper to have 3G native video calls as we were used to have (in older Sony and in WM phones, for example) and still have in most HTC,LG and Samsung Android phones.
Sony has got nothing to loose if they introduce video calling in their phones.
If you prefer to install a 3rd party programme, or if it is cheaper to make them via WiFi, then fine.
I just wish all other consumers will have the chance to keep something that is very comfortable and affordable and that allows them to make video calls, to every 3g phone w. a front camera, wherever they are, to whoever they wish.
No one will loose anything:
It's actually a win-win situation.
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Brian, 18 Mar 2012Just read @ Sony's Xperia Play Official Blog. Let's follow the example. Dear Sirs, I would... moreI don't understand, you say data plans are expensive. Yet without a data plan the networks will be charging you per mb for 3g video calls, rather than a set monthly cost of say £5 for like 500mb (£500. surely this is MUCH MUCH more expensive.
Julian, 25 Mar 2012Last i read somewhere that ICS for the play was to come out 19th march, but nothing so far... :-(According to this post: http://tinyurl.com/7c4r4g4 we might receive an update to ICS end April/early May
PG, 25 Mar 2012Any news about ICS release dates? New functions and improvements? Are we finally getting &qu... moreLast i read somewhere that ICS for the play was to come out 19th march, but nothing so far... :-(
Hey Guys im going to by Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY.
so i just want to know, any one had any issue when you using this phone
Any news about ICS release dates?
New functions and improvements?
Are we finally getting "native" Video Calls?
why my phone cant play video in default player.. but can play on realplayer..
my phone can view images on gallery but when want to share, the screen blinking..
same thing happen when i open fb apps on my phone..the screen blinking too..but work ok if open fb on web..
i use PLAY 4 month already and this just happen last week..
can someone help me?
sorry broken english.. :)
Andrew Walsall GB, 19 Mar 2012No problems with my flash flickering on my Xperia Play. Problem I have is with predictive t... moreI have experienced this aswell, when you have the light on video mode there is a flicker every second, like led is too bright for the battery to handle.
Also wish video caliing gets included in next update.
Other than that, very happy with this phone. Great games and fast.
Both fun and useful.
ANDREI, 22 Mar 2012where can downlod some games Android Market is now "Google Play":
Just to vote FOR on the Video Calling poll.
I also wish I could keep on enjoying my "pre-paid" video calls as there still is a front camera available to do it.
Anyway, isn' that why front video cameras first appeareed on mobile phones?
To allow users to enjoy video calls, 'on the go', immediately, whenever and wherever they might be?
Anonymous, 19 Mar 2012i got my phone a month bck, since den my flash flickers continuously i evn tuk it 2 a service ... moreAre you sure you don't have a program running in the background that is forcing your flash to flicker?
If you are, then RETURN your phone.
Write down a complaint.
Stand up for your rights, as you've got a faulty phone. That phone's got aproblem and that is why Sony provides consumers with an international warranty.
It is never normal for a phone to have its flash flickering for no reason.
You're spending battery and shortening the led's life. Actually, you're shortening your phone's life.
They have to fix that phone. ASAP!
Anonymous, 19 Mar 2012i got my phone a month bck, since den my flash flickers continuously i evn tuk it 2 a service ... moreNo problems with my flash flickering on my Xperia Play.
Problem I have is with predictive text, as I add words but when I try to use the new words in SMS message they don't show.
i got my phone a month bck, since den my flash flickers continuously i evn tuk it 2 a service center where dey said that dis fkikering problem is there in all d handsets, is anyone 1 f u facing a similar problem?? is there any way 2 make dis problem go away??
PG, 18 Mar 2012It's sad, really, that we 've purchased an Xperia Play, but need to use/change to our older ph... moreJust read @ Sony's Xperia Play Official Blog. Let's follow the example.
I would like to ask for native video calling in future OS updates.
Video calling – as we were used to having and still remains functional in other brands’ Android phones – just requires a software implementation.
Not everyone can afford data plans. Wi-Fi isn’t available everywhere and it is a costly “privilege” im many places.
Therefore, 3G “out-of-the-box” video calls as we used to enjoy in older Sony’s phones would be a great advantage for present and future users.
I am sure you realise how popular and common video calls are in many countries and how important it is to consumers to be able to place a video call anywhere, anytime, without further worries or needing to install 3rd party programmes.
Granting 3G “native” video calls to our phones would surely boost Sony’s sales… and not the opposite!
I do believe Sony ought to understand that REintroducing video calling on their phones will only benefit them.
It will mean higher sales/profits; more buyers and keeping/gaining happier customers who won’t consider buying or changing to another brand phone simply to regain something useful, cheap and comfortable that they’ve grown used to.
Thank you very much for your time and attention.
Julian, 17 Mar 2012Hmm, i'll have to do a search for a good place to voice a complaint. Mailing regular sony cust... moreIt's sad, really, that we 've purchased an Xperia Play, but need to use/change to our older phone whenever we know we're going to need video calling.
That is my case. I've stated it in Sony's Forum:
That is the closest to Sony responsibles, I've thought of to make my voice heard.
I believe all Sony consumers who wish to have native video calling (again) should complain and express their views publically.
Sony ought to understand that REintroducing video calling on their phones will only benefit them.
It will mean higher sales/profits; more buyers and keeping/gaining happier customers who won't consider buying or changing to another brand phone simply to regain something useful, cheap and comfortable that they've grown used to.