Rogers Sony Xperia S is now available on hardware upgrade

Ian Hardy

April 21, 2012 10:10am

Sony release the Xperia S in Canada last Tuesday for $499.99 outright, or $99.99 on a 3-year term with Rogers. At the time this 3-year price was only available to new customers, but for those Rogers customers who are eligible for a hardware upgrade you can now go forth and grab this Android. On Twitter, Sony stated that “The Xperia S is now available for hardware upgrades, exclusively at the Sony Store.” In addition, the Xperia S has also popped up in the Rogers internal systems so it might even find its way out of the Sony Store and into Rogers locations.

Check out our review of the Sony Xperia S here.

Source: Sony
Via: Twitter
(Thanks tipster for the pic!)

  • Xer

    Why is Sony not selling the phone outright and unlocked? If Apple can sell their iPhone unlocked, Sony should be able to! I really don’t like a phone a tie to a specific carrier! At 499.99, it is a good choice to buy it outright… But the phone is locked to Rogers! I hope when Samsung is having their own store in Canada, they will sell their Galaxy phone outright and unlocked. Rogers is the biggest piece of junk!

    • SFAN

      They are selling it outright and unlocked at the Sony store.

    • multicool20

      Yea I know, it sucks to have it not unlocked.
      I talked with an employee about it and they said that Sony has some kinda of contract with Rogers so it has to be locked.

      I was honestly so hopeful about getting an unlocked Xperia S at the Sony Store. Guess I’ll have to look elsewhere now.

    • Casey Callaghan

      You do realize that with any phone other than the iPhone that you can buy an unlock code online for cheap and it never comes off as with a jailbroken unlock for an iPhone? It’s not much of a hinderance for this phone if it’s not sold unlocked as it’s simple and cheap to do it yourself.

  • Johnathan

    The lack of hardware upgrade option made my decisionto get the HTC one x even easier. It’s a shame rogers and Sony botched this launch so badly.

  • Cyber

    No! I asked already. Even you buy it outright, it is still locked to Rogers!

  • thew

    Nice, i went from holding one in my hand to being put on a long waiting list. This will force me to wait to see the specs on the new S3 so no self control required by me!

  • thew

    Just went in again and the hardware upgrade doesn’t start till sometime next month

    • Micheal

      I went in this morning and did the hardware upgrade. The staff didn’t believe me when I asked for it (both on the phone last night and in person this morning) but I told them to try it and see what would happen and they did and it worked. Rogers Hardware Upgrade eligibility rules have changed since I dealt with them last though. Fee-free upgrades only happen after 30 months instead of 24 with a $15-20 fee per month before you are eligible (Early Upgrade Fee). The system also had troubles when they tried to see me a microSIM to go with the phone, but I just modified my old SIM at home and it works just fine (results may vary).

  • again!

    Just went in again and the hardware upgrade doesn’t start till sometime next month

    • John Z

      What are you talking about? I called Sony store at Yorkdale & Eatons center & they both can do it.. I just went & did it at the eaton center & i got the last one. I suggest you get the info right next time…

  • elcubanito

    And that folks is why I avoid Rogers like a plague

  • Mario

    Sony have issues here in Montreal with the upgrade, so I wait for the SG3 specs.