UPDATE2: see my most recent comment.
UPDATE: regarding IMEI registration, this post has some additional information.
Good things are coming from Docomo, according to some random shop employee. Last night I had some business to take care of at a Docomo shop, and over the course of the visit, I got the impression that the guy behind the counter actually seemed to know what he was talking about. So I started asking questions:
- When is the Sony Ericsson Xperia going to be available?
- Will HT-03a users get Android 2.1 as an OTA update?
- Is it true that non-Docomo phones (that don't have an IMEI registered with Docomo) cannot connect to the the biz-hodai (flat rate data) APN due to IMEI filtering?
March April, though it is still not currently listed as one of the upcoming phones, a press release (Thanks chyro!) announced the Xperia the same day I originally posted this. It seems the delay is related to updating the UI to work with Android 2.0, as opposed to 1.6, which was the version originally slated for this phone.
Android 2.x on HT-03a
NO, HT-03a users will not get 2.1. The next update will be 2.0 and it is scheduled to be pushed over the air in February. It seems the reason to go with 2.0 is that the Xperia will also be running 2.0 (with a flashy GUI on top).
NO COMMENT on filtering.
NO, Docomo will not register IMEIs now.
BUT, beginning in February or March of this year Docomo will begin allowing IMEI registration of unlocked, non-Docomo phones. The employee said there was just a meeting where he was told about the coming change in IMEI registration policy.