Sony has agreements that the phone will be locked to Rogers even if you buy it outright.. I know a shame but those are the policies they both made. I got mine unlocked for $8 over at a website i unlock my phones at.
Yes the phone comes with Rogers bloatware on it. BUT this is the first phone i have seen that does not go slow or anything with the Rogers bloatware. You can not tell there is Rogers bloatware unless you use the apps.
Other then that nothing wrong with the phone. Been using it for almost a week.
I'm one of the few people that actually want a mobile phone to have great reception and call quality, everything else is a bonus. How's the call/reception on the Xperia? I've been reading the captavate buttons are not too responsive. I currently have the Samsung S2 LTE and reception sucks and too many dropped calls in my house. If the Sony can hold onto a call better than Samsung, I'll pony up the cash and make the switch.
The big 3 reception kings have always been Motorola, Nokia and Sony Ericcson, now just Sony. Samsung's have beautiful screens but reception wise, very lack luster. The SAR on the Sammys are very low, which is good but that explains why you have bad reception. Sony's SAR is much higher, hence the better reception.
One last ?, how do you like the Sony screen compared to the Samsung Galaxy? Is the off angle view good on the Sony?
How's Sony's return policy for mobile phones, same as Robbers?
Might make my way to Yorkdale Sunday and bring home a new toy.
Where do you recommend I sell my 5 month old Samsung S2 LTE?
Forgot to ask about the Xperia's battery life. How is it? Can you get a full day, say 9am to 10pm? Of course everyone's experience will be different but can you squeeze in about 1hr of calling, 3 hrs. of surfing and maybe another hour of music listening/texting and still have about 20% charge left?