By November 21, 2009

Is the Sony Ericsson Satio junk?


Here is an article from Mobile Today regarding the awesome looking Sony Ericsson Satio. Carphone Warehouse have suspended sales of the Satio due to software problems and speaker faults. sounds nasty, read on:

Sony Ericsson Satio withdrawn due to high returns

Carphone Warehouse has suspended sales of Sony Ericsson’s flagship smartphone Satio due to the high number of customer returns.

The suspension came into effect yesterday and is understood to be related to software problems.

The move is a huge blow to Sony Ericsson’s push to regain market share and its attempts to move away from its reputation for poor performing handsets.

Sony Ericsson pushed the Satio via as many distribution channels as possible.

The manufacturer launched the 12-megapixel, touch-screen, camera phone in mid-October along with the Aino.

The handset was first available on Vodafone and has since been added to Orange and 3’s network.

Carphone Warehouse confirmed the suspension. In a statement the firm said: ‘From time to time we experience issues with new handsets, and their software, which may result in a customer experience that is below our usually high standards. We want customers to have complete confidence and satisfaction in the handsets they buy from us, which is why we have temporarily withdrawn the Sony Ericsson Satio from sale. We are working closely with Sony Ericsson to restock the Satio phone as soon as possible and will offer any customer who returns a faulty Satio an exchange of phone.’

Sony Ericsson UK MD Nathen Vautier introduced tougher handset quality control measures this year after mass recalls on flagship devices, the K850i, W910i and C902 in 2008 prompted operators to seek compensation from Sony Ericsson.
At the time software freezing and speaker faults on the C905 camera device were responsible for returns as high as 30%.

In a statement Sony Ericsson said: ‘Sony Ericsson confirms that it has been made aware that a small number of consumers have experienced software issues with its Satio handset when using certain applications. Carphone Warehouse has temporarily removed the handset from sale to ensure that future customers do not have an adverse experience. Sony Ericsson is giving this matter its utmost priority and is working toward solving it as soon as possible.’

A source at one operator said it was experiencing ‘some’ returns. Sony Ericsson is understood to be developing software update to tackle the problem ‘within the next few days’.

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