How to find your free 250MB DataConnect promo

For those of you that got the launch package which includes 250MB of free data usage, activating the promo may be a challenge.  Sony’s blog has a good FAQ on setting up your DataConnect plan.  But for those of you who are more visual, I’ve taken some screenshots of the steps I took to find it.  This assumes you already have an active data plan, which is a requirement for the promo to work anyways.

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Vita unboxing and first impressions

After some shipping drama, my Vita is finally here, even if a tad late.  There are plenty of online unboxing videos, so I won’t bore everyone with the details.  But since I got the 3G launch bundle through Amazon, my box also included an 8GB memory card in addition to the standard power/usb cords, charger, and game system.

I was happy to find my Vita mostly charged, so I was able to boot it up without having to wait.  The initial setup screens were straight forward, but they could definitely be improved upon.  For instance, there was no wifi setup, and PSN couldn’t be setup without a connection, so you have to skip that step until later.  Setting up your 3G connection via AT&T is even more painful, as we pointed out in a previous post.

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Vita can receive SMS?

According to IGN, it looks like the Vita can receive text messages, but is missing the ability to send them out.  As you can see from this screen, a phone number has been assigned to the system.  Calling it will do nothing, but sending a text will have it pop up under “Notices from Operator”.  Will this be a feature Sony plans to expand on?  Wouldn’t it be nice to send a text to you friend when you’re looking for an opponent to play with?

Vita update 1.6 in Japan brings maps, movies, and more

It looks like this latest firmware update will come with a few goodies bundled with it.  The new maps application looks similar to the apps commonly found on smartphones.  Common functions such as satellite view, searching points-of-interest, calculating routes, and pinning locations all seem to be present.

Also included is the ability to switch to video recording while you’re in the camera app.  I’m surprised this wasn’t there at launch, but at least now you can capture those embarrassing youtube moments in full motion detail.

Lastly, the release will support the OS X version of their Content Management software, which will enable Mac users to transfer their pictures, videos, and application data onto their computer.  I’m assuming all of these features will make it onto the U.S. version of the Vita when it finally launches this month.  There’s no reason Sony would hold out on us right?