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NGP Price Estimates For Both Standard And 3G Models

A great many seem interested in Sony's Next Generation Portable but as is the case with most new hardware, price is always a big factor.

And because the NGP is still in the "prototype phase," Sony hasn't announced a price for their slick new portable device. We've seen quite a few estimates, but we also have to remember that consumers will have two options when the unit arrives: the standard model and the one that comes with 3G functionality. So, we actually need two price tags and apparently, a Sony insider has spilled the beans...to some extent: this inside source claims the standard model will be priced between $250 and $280 and the 3G version will be somewhere between $320 and $350. The latter version lets users play online anywhere on the wireless network, and will also come packed "with some extra pre-loaded applications which will make use of the 3G capabilities such as Augmented Reality." These sound like reasonable prices but of course, we won't know for sure until we have the official word.

So what say you? Is the standard model good enough for you or might you spring for the 3G? Or maybe you'll just get the Xperia Play and the NGP.

Tags: ngp, next generation portable, ngp price, ngp 3g

2/22/2011 9:13:56 PM Ben Dutka

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frylock25
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 9:30:19 PM
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if those prices are right i want one. not bad for launch, but game support will decide if its day one or not. i think i would want to go with the full model if money allowed.

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 9:36:45 PM
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Those are awesome prices. It will be mine.

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Cesar_ser_4
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 4:49:01 AM

yes but which one???

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Highlander
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 9:57:28 AM

3G if there's no monthly service charge, otherwise I'll stick to Wi-Fi. It's never been an issue with my PSP that I only have Wi-Fi.

that said, I want to know what additional apps the 3G version comes with too.

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telly
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 10:04:12 AM

Unbelievable if these prices are accurate -- far lower than I had thought they would be. I'll be very interested to see how 3G is handled. What if you already have a 3G data plan from, say, AT&T -- can we somehow synch the NGP up with that? That would be friggin' awesome (though I know I would DEFINITELY need to upgrade my plan if I was playing/downloading games regularly with that connection!)

I'm also confident I would fare just fine without 3G, but I just like the idea of taking full advantage of a mobile gaming juggernaut. We'll have to compare the final packages offered before rendering a final verdict. You just KNOW Sony's gonna make the 3G SKU a monster to justify the higher price point.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 9:38:57 PM
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The standard is enough for me, but if the 3G is a one time fee like with Kindle then I wouldn't mind having ARI like Norman Jayden.

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Dancemachine55
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 9:44:28 PM
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If we only have to pay about $50-$80 extra for 3G and no continuous monthly fees like with mobile phones, the 3G model would be the best deal in the long run.

Sony, I know your prices are relatively low and competitive, but my wallet is screaming at you to stop releasing so much awesomeness!!

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godsman
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 10:44:52 PM

I would pay up to $200 extra one-time fee just for the 3G. If you consider the internet is on cell phones, the $200 extra is still a steal.

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kraygen
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 9:53:57 PM
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I'm going to have to agree with everyone else, no subscription, I'll buy the 3g, will save myself the money though otherwise. Most everywhere has internet and I wouldn't pay monthly for 3g when I rarely go places I can't get online.

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sticklife
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 10:03:40 PM
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Well 300-350 was my guess for the wifi only one, so if I could get the 3g for 350 I will. I hope it's a one time pay thing but I doubt it, and if it's not, I at least hope they don't make us sign up for two years. Maybe pay for a month or a set amount of data and the data, say two gigs, won't just go away at the end of the month. I would just but maybe 50 bucks worth and they may last me for a while.

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 10:26:04 PM
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Off topic I know, but this is too hot to wait....

Xenogears and Space Ace are on the PlayStation Store NOW!

Happy Time!

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kraygen
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 1:36:57 AM

Yeah I was excited about Xenogears as I've never gotten to play it and it's super expensive to find an old copy, looks like I'll get to play it after all, sony wins more of my money it seems.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 2:09:53 AM

I told you about Xenogears two days ago. 'Sad face'

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Highlander
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 2:34:09 AM

Sorry Lawless. I was all overcome by the "Oh Yes! It's here!" feeling.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 3:24:58 AM

Nah, you're cool.

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AStiffyIffy
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 10:45:34 PM
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I hardly believe this is true. The 3DS uses inferior technology and is priced at $249.99. The NGP uses way better technology and the standard edition is right around the price range? Don't get me wrong. I would love to have it around the price. But to me, realistically, it doesn't seem possible. Unless Sony is going to sell it at a huge loss.

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godsman
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 10:56:25 PM

I don't think Sony will lose any more money. The PS3 sold at a lost of $250 originally. Each $60 game, Sony probably gets $20-30 profit on software. So the PS3 needs to have an attach rate of 10 to break even. Only the PS2 was capable of selling that many softwares.

If the NGP is sold at a $50 lost minimum, that is equivalent to probably 3 games profit. The NGP probably won't make profits for 2 years, by then the public will demand pricecuts. I highly doubt Sony wants to start off losing money again.

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cLoudou
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 10:59:57 PM

The 3DS is overpriced.

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 11:04:52 PM

@cLoudou

Indeed, and how many of the 18 launch games are nothing (and I mean nothing) more than the umpteenth remake of the same game that was a launch titme with DS, Wii, GameCube, N64, GameBoy Advanced, etc...? It's a really poor line up.

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telly
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 10:09:17 AM

I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Nintendo -- those of us at a certain age grew up with spellbinding games on all the Nintendo consoles (until Sony stole my heart away with PS1, haha) but good LORD are they redundant these days. Even the upcoming Zelda for Wii -- has anyone actually watched the trailers/footage? The production values are just TERRIBLE -- that music sounds like it was programmed by one dude on an 80s Casio keyboard -- and all the puzzles are just Wii-plus versions of the same stuff we've been solving for DECADES. Not saying I won't pick it up at some point but my enthusiasm for all things Nintendo is pretty low.

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godsman
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 10:48:14 PM
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I knew it! I predicted the NGP to be some weird numbers like $279 before. It's another console that Sony cannot afford to lose money on. $279 is the sweet spot.

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marcusfrommo
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 11:01:12 PM
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Iv'e said this before, couldn't they make a handheld that bested the ps3 noticeably, and charge 400 dollars that costs 600 dollars or more to make, without it being a touchscreen or a rear touchpad?

Just maybe have the screen the size of a small touchpad? On the ngp some games look pretty good and some look like a ps3 store arcade with ps2 graphics.

If this isn't the powerhouse sony is claiming it 2 be, then u will just have 2 wait until AFTER THE PS4 IS ANNOUNCED for the next sequel to arrive. You just know that the psp2 will have an updated model in less than 2 years after the release.

Just saying.

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Bugzbunny109
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 11:14:18 PM
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Hey, does anyone know of any companies supporting the 3G feature for the NGP in North America?

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AStiffyIffy
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 11:19:20 PM

It hasn't been announced. But like the Xperia Play, it will most likely be Verizon.

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Kiryu
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 11:47:56 PM
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buying the 3g version if it's at that price

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Nlayer
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 11:56:37 PM
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If I had to get one I think I'd get the 3G one. However, I will not be buying an NGP anytime soon. I understand the price being high, which is fine, but I don't really want to spend that much on a handheld that I know I won't play very much (Plus the games will most likely be high in price). Part of me wants to buy it from the hype it's getting, but I won't allow myself to as portable systems are just not my thing.

Honestly, I have been just playing PS1 games recently. I don't much care about the newer games unless they are super good (The okay ones I will buy at a sale/used price). And yeah, I guess I'm not "supporting" the companies by doing this, but I think I can live with saving money and avoiding the bad games.

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StangMan80
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 12:29:33 AM

Don't be worrying. Sony is delivering epic, really great, bar rising games this year. Spend the bucks. every penny will be worth it!

It's OK to go back to play the Classics, refresh the good ole' times. I loved the PS1 games and the PS2 days. This is why I'm so excited for the remakes, as long as they remake my favorite titles. Metal Gear Solid franchise/series remake(1,2 and 3) would be the greatest! :) I would pay so much for that, all in today's graphics, HD, 3D, new voice acting, same exact story line. oh, baby that would be the day. :D

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StangMan80
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 12:19:39 AM
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It should be the same device. I won't be getting one for a while, To many games to catch up and keep up on.
This is an amazing peace of machinery, but I just can't affored it at the moment.
Nintendo shaking in there shocks. It's shocks not boots because they don't show anything showing that they have been working. It's kind of like COD, same oh, same oh.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 1:05:31 AM
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If they release a 3G version here is Australia under $550, I'll likely pick it up, provided that if there is a monthly fee it isn't too high. $250USD, knowing the way that nothing makes sense, will probably equate to $400AUD, and that's a VERY reasonable launch price for me.

I can't wait until this thing hits production, and the list of launch titles leaks out. I'd imagine that at least some of the games that we've already seen won't be among them, like OoT3D on the 3DS, but hopefully we get a strong enough line-up to give consumers a good selection. My dream D1Ps for the NGP: GTA: San Andreas Stories, Gravity Daze, Dead Space Portable, Resistance Portable and WKC: Dogma Wars (yeah, I'm hoping it switches platforms). That's last me until a new game comes out.
Peace.

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___________
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 1:30:25 AM

more like 500 if not more, sony like doubling USD then adding a little sugar on top.
450 is too high even for the 3G model, why would someone spend 450 on a handheld when they could spend 500 on a ps3 that does so much more?
or spend 200 and get a psp go or 3000 which does everything the NGP does minus trophies, 3G and pretty graphics.
are those things really worth a extra 250 bucks?

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 2:08:29 AM

I think that with the dollar reaching parity the pricing of the NGP will go too far overboard. They still have to remain competitive with the 3DS remember. It's priced at 250 over there and 350 here.

I think that most people interested in the NGP will have it as a supplement to the PS3, not as a replacement. I know that is the purpose that it will buy it for. Any time that I'm unable to access my PS3, just bust out the portable. That being said, to price the base model above the PS3 would be a ballsy move, and one that I don't see happening.

And come on, the PSP does not do everything that the NGP does. Touch screen, accelerometers, dual analogues, built-in GPS and built-in dual cameras. That alone makes it far more capable, and the included processing grunt means physics and lighting calculations shuold be far better than what was seen in the PSP. And the 3G makes it a must-buy for people like me who are not capable of getting connected to broadband.

Is all of that worth an extra $250? To be honest, I'm not sure. But it won't be long after release until we find out.
Peace.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 3:27:11 AM

I meant 'won't go too far overboard.'

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___________
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 8:09:42 AM

some people may, but i cant see people spending that cash for it.
theres so many other things that can do the same stuff and more and better.
the dual cameras and MCs are pointless, MCs, touch screens do not work with gaming the iphone 4 proves that!
just like the xperia play if sony wants this to sell well their only chance is to make it dirt cheap!

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Highlander
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 10:08:16 AM

It took a while in Europe for the pricing in Europe to reflect the approximate parity between the Euro and the US dollar. UK prices now shadow the price in Euro plus the VAT of course. I'm not sure what your VAT/General sales tax rate in in Australia, but with USD and Australian Dollar parity having been the case for a long time now, there should be much closer pricing. The only thing is, isn't Australia part of the region covered by SCEI rather than SCEJ, SCEA or SCEE? I'm not sure what currency SCEI pegs it's prices to. I'd have thought that prices and availability on Australia really ought to shadow Japan more than anywhere else, but I guess tat would be too logical for Sony. Either way, if you take the price in Yen, convert to Australian Dollars (x-rate +5% for bank fees) and then add your sales tax, what would the approximate price be then? That might be a better guide on what your price really should be, instead of using the USD price.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 12:12:56 PM

As far as I know we fall under the SCEE umbrella, and the GST (Goods and Services Tax) is set at 10% of the sale price. Don't ask me to get into all sorts of details. 'Tis too early in the morning for that.

And _______, I've only played for a short while using a touch screen on a friends iPhone, but I found it rather enjoyable. But given the rip-roaring success of the DS, I'd say that there is definitely a place for touch screens, provided that they are properly utilised.
Peace.

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___________
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 1:26:21 AM
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if thats the case i cant see it selling too well.
250-280 is far too close to a ps3, and if that price drop is coming that will make the NGP MORE expensive!
how can a device that does so much less be more expensive then a device that can do so much more?
soon you will see games consoles for 10K and TVs for 1K!

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sawao_yamanaka
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 1:56:19 AM

The 3ds is more than the wii.

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___________
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 8:12:04 AM

yes, but it does more then the wii.
the ps3 can do so much more like act as a computer via linux, be a media server, play bluray movies.
many things the NGP cant do.
the NGP is a supped up PSP, i dont think thats enough to bring in the sales, especially if its going to be 450 - 500 AUD!
how can a hand held be worth more then a brand new 250GB 360 AND kinect bundle?

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Lord carlos
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 8:23:51 AM

Something tells me it will sell well because its a handheld with a quad core processor,and future proofed for the next 10yrs.

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Highlander
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 10:03:30 AM

Wii is by far more powerful than the 3DS. The 3DS is a souped up DS with a parallax barrier on one of it's screens and very little else.

(Gee, when was the last time I defended the Wii??)

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DKBaNaaH
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 3:40:05 AM
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perfect pricing in my opinion especially when converted to GBP + a rough estimate of the added on cost we usually get vs USD. I'll be getting the £G thank you =]

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airwedge1
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 7:57:26 AM
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Seems like they would have to charge a monthly fee for 3g access just like a phone. The people that think you won't are dreaming. People that use the NGP will eat up a ton of bandwidth. Streaming video's, playing games, playing music through Pandora, etc. This isn't the kindle where once in a while someone downloads a book

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Highlander
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 9:59:23 AM

Kindle doesn't have a monthly fee, but I do tend to agree with you since the bandwidth a Kindle uses is tiny compared to the bandwidth that a NGP will more than likely use.

OTOH, if Sony has worked out 3G provisioning with one or two major 3G networks and is financing a low level bandwidth facility (enough to play games, but not enough to torrent anything) through game sales on the PSN for NGP, that could work.

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Simcoe
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 11:15:41 AM

I wonder what kind of bandwidth is needed for online play, I know it's less than 512 kb/s as I've used a connection as slow as that before with absolutely no problems.

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Highlander
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 11:49:49 AM

Bandwidth required depends on the game infrastructure. If the game uses peer to peer hosting you need bandwidth in the order of 64-128kbits/second per player. If the game is server based, then the requirement is much lower than that, even when there are a lot of players.

Network latency will be an issue for multi-player games over 3G though.

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GuyverLT
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 9:46:01 AM
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WOW REALLY I was looking for it too be a whole lot more than that with all it can do but that's pretty nice price range I'll still most likely get the standard though.

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spiderboi
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 10:08:18 AM
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Will definitely get the non-3G type. 3G service s*cks here. Not to mention a lot of 3G mobile internet users. Since for 3G, its better when you are 1) Nearer the signal source, and 2)less users to compete with on the signal, its a big NO for me on 3G. Wifi will be more than enough for me. You can hardly find a place nowadays without free wifi.

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telly
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 10:21:53 AM
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Forgot to tell you guys -- I got to play 3DS last week! Was at a big event here in DC for the ESA, and a few Nintendo reps were there showing off the Japanese 3DS. Very impressed with the glassless 3D tech. It really addeded depth, and I could see it making a lot of games more fun and interesting.

The issue, of course, is the lineup. I got stuck with the Nintendogs + Cats demo and it was every bit as lame as you might expect. And while Ocarina of Time was a good game (though fantastically overrated, IMHO) that and the Kid Icarus game are just about the only things i've seen so far that even a little interesting. And they are exactly what they look like -- retreads of worn out, overplayed Nintendo concepts.

HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS -- and no, I am not making this up -- when I mentioned to the Nintendo rep that the MGS 3DS demo last year really caught my attention last year, and that I said that game was easily in my top five games of all time, the rep told me, "just between you and me? YOU HAVEN'T SEEN SH*T." So, uh, get ready for some MGS news apparently :)

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 10:33:02 AM
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Well, that's a price expected I guess. But. Like I've said before as much as I want one, I won't spend more on one than I could a home console. So when that price drops to round $250 I'll be looking into them.

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Zorigo
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 10:46:25 AM
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$250. thats about £190
sweeeeeet.

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riptide8
Thursday, February 24, 2011 @ 6:07:20 PM
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Why 3g? Not 4g? 3G is not quick enough for gaming. Im sure it will cost an additional 30.00 for a data plan...great if I was riding a buss for 2 hours a day.

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riptide8
Thursday, February 24, 2011 @ 6:07:21 PM
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Why 3g? Not 4g? 3G is not quick enough for gaming. Im sure it will cost an additional 30.00 for a data plan...great if I was riding a buss for 2 hours a day.

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