Sony Ericsson to release football-shaped mobile?

Sony Ericsson to sponsor 2010 FIFA World Cup... Woo!
Sony Ericsson to sponsor 2010 FIFA World Cup... Woo!

Sony Ericsson, not content with its sponsorship of the WTA Tour, has decided to go one better and become the official mobile phone sponsor for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

This means the SE-lovers of the world will soon be able to buy branded phones (probably) and a load of other football-related madness (we expect the World Cup song to be pre-loaded on every handset between now and then).

What might be of more interest is the company's pledge to bring football-related content to its customers, which will probably be delivered by some decent streaming options or in the form of highlights packages to download.

Which in turn would hint at some larger screened media powerhouses from the Japanese-Swedish company.

Marketing fun

Or, you can read the same thing we just wrote, but in fun marketing-speak from Lennard Hoornik, Sony Ericsson's vice president and head of global marketing:

"The 2010 FIFA World Cup is one of the world's leading sporting events and is watched across the world by millions of fans. It will be these fans that we focus our engagement in football on; using our relationship with FIFA and our handsets to enable them to get closer to the game in new ways and enjoy the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

"We are looking forward to using our handsets to capture and share their football experiences."

Bated breath anyone?

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.