Vodafone has opted out of its exclusivity to sell the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 in the UK, instead turning its attention to the more lucrative Android market.
The mobile phone network confirmed dumping the WinMo handset in a statement which said it would, ‘not be ranging the Sony Ericsson X2".
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The company added that, "The delivery date of the device, with Windows 6.5, slipped pre-Christmas due to a series of technical issues, and we have taken the decision not to go ahead with the launch as it no longer fits with our planned portfolio."
On what is likely to come as a major blow after the recent Sony Ericsson Satio debacle, the mobile phone manufacturer issued a statement on the Vodafone cancellation saying it was "disappointed not to make this phone available to consumers in the UK."
The XPERIA X2 referred to as the smartphone for businessman, was supposed to have launched in the UK last year, but its arrival was put back to this month,
Android now appears to be the focus for Vodafone in 2010 having already picked up Google’s Nexus One smartphone. With the iPhone also heading to Vodafone this month, room for other smartphone competitors looks decidedly slim.