After much speculation over exactly who would power Vita's 3G network across Europe, Sony has revealed it's joining forces with Vodafone to provide the console's always-on connectivity.

The deal extends to the following countries:

UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands, and with Vodafone’s Partner in France (SFR).

Interestingly, Sony specifies that both models of the Vita — that's Wi-Fi and 3G — will come with a Vodafone SIM card in the box in selected countries. Anyone joining up to the Vodafone service will also be able to download Wipeout 2048 for free.

What do you make of this appointment?

[via blog.eu.playstation.com]