Vodafone has confirmed pricing for the 3G-equipped PlayStation Vita, which will be available on its network on February 22 when the new console arrives in the U.K. British gamers can enjoy a pre-pay data plan which means you can top up as and when you need to, and you’re not tied into a monthly plan.
The handheld will be priced at £279 (approx. $444) with 3G connectivity, but that’s not the only benefit you’ll receive for choosing the slightly more expensive device. Vodafone is also throwing in a free 4GB memory card — usually priced at £18 (approx. $29) — and the full WipEout 2048 game.
I think you’ll agree that’s an excellent reason to choose the 3G-equipped PS Vita over its Wi-Fi-only counterpart, which will sell for £229 (approx. $364) here in the U.K.
With a £5 top-up, Vodafone is offering PS Vita users 250MB of 3G data, which will be valid for 30 days. But of course, you don’t have to use it all the time, and you can still use your home Wi-Fi network to access the Internet on the Vita at no extra charge.
You don’t need to bag the console from a Vodafone store to get WipEout 2048 for free, either. Simply pick it up at any retailer, pop in a Vodafone SIM (which you will need to get from a Vodafone store) and top up with £5. You will then be able to download the game for free from the PlayStation Store.
Of course, in the U.S., gamers can get the PS Vita with 3G connectivity through AT&T, though they will have to pay a little more for their data. Prices start at $14.99 for a 250MB allowance, and rise to $25 for a 2GB allowance. It seems AT&T won’t be throwing in any extras, either.
Which PS Vita will you be going for on February 22?