Entire Vodafone New Zealand XPERIA Play stock stolen

May 17, 2011

Vodafone New Zealand has been forced to delay its launch of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play, after its entire launch stock was stolen. According to the carrier's Facebook page, a "major security" breach saw thieves make off with all the gaming phones.

The carrier shared a (tiny) photo of what looks to be a store with a boarded-up window, though it's unclear if this single retail location actually had all of the Vodafone stock on-site. The handset is yet to be listed on the carrier's site.

Vodafone hasn't said exactly when would-be mobile gamers can expect more stock to arrive. Conspiracy theories already abound, however, with some Facebook commenters going so far as to suggest that the carrier has staged a fake robbery to cover up a more mundane delay of the XPERIA Play.

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    ¬†doesn’t this seem like it will be rather easy to track anyone down using these phones?