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Sony Vaio P coming to T-Mobile Germany

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T-Mobile Germany will begin selling the entry-level Sony Vaio P (1.33GHz, 60GB HDD) for 599 euros including 19% VAT with a two-year web'n'walk Connect L data contract. The retail price of the P in Germany is 999 euros, so although the long-term cost is higher because of the recurring contract fee and the P is the most expensive of T-Mobile's subsidized PC selection (see screen capture below), the upfront savings of 400 euros is pretty significant.

First shipments are expected in April.

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This isn't the first time a carrier has been involved with the Vaio P, as Verizon Wireless offers a $200 rebate to US users who sign up for or extend their VZW Mobile Broadband contracts, but it is the first time that the Atom-based mini notebook will be sold directly through a carrier. If Sony didn't cripple the Gobi WWAN chipset's functionality in the American models and make an HSDPA hack necessary, maybe T-Mobile USA would've been next in line.

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[T-Mobile Germany via Pocketables Forum]
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6 thoughts on “Sony Vaio P coming to T-Mobile Germany

  • Avatar of GeoffreyM

    I don’t remember the Gobi chip supporting the 1700MHz band that T-Mobile USA uses for 3G. Even the latest release I found for Gobi (Feb 2009) only mentions additional frequencies in the 800-900MHz range. I still cannot believe T-Mobile chose a completely different band for this.

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  • I played with a Sony P at the Sony Store in San Francisco and I think the device is lovely. I just wish it had a backlit keyboard.

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  • Avatar of JDGAFFLIN

    I spent 6 years in Freidburg, GE.

    Discuss:

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  • Hmm. I always assumed that people following the HSDPA hack/mod in the forum were using ATT and T-Mobile SIM cards, but in looking at the thread again, I see that only ATT is mentioned by people sharing their success. Surely *someone* who performed the mod is on T-Mobile and in a 3G area, right?

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  • I doubt it, there’s so little HW support for 1700 so far, not to mention the network isn’t that great yet either.

    So when will TmoUSA start offering these …books??

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