The T226's mobile Internet browser lets you check sports scores, local weather and more using high speed GPRS data services. You only pay for data sent--not total airtime, so costs can stay low. For gaming, the T226's five-way "rocker" joystick gives the controls a real gaming feel. The phone comes with a variety of games, and promises more to download when you're done with those. The phone's audio abilities include a second speaker to boost its polyphonic ring tones that use up to 32 simultaneous notes. And you also get polyphonic sound with the games. You can even record your own voice and use it as a ring signal.
Other key calling features include: voice memo picture phonebook, contacts, WAP 2.0 support, alarm clock, backlight display, calculator calendar, call list, clock, e-mail, EMS (enhanced messaging), high speed data transfer, MMS (Multimedia Messaging), MMS templates, melody composer, mobile chat, phone book, picture gallery, SMS (text messaging), sound recorder, stopwatch, style-up covers, themes display, timer, and a viewfinder display.
For fun, you can use the attachable (but not included) Communicam MCA-25 to take pictures and load them into your phone, or send them via advanced text messaging email to your friends. Sony Ericsson also provides free downloadable software for you to edit your pictures and the Sony Ericsson MMS Home Studio for designing multimedia messages, which can contain things like a photo and a spoken greeting. You can also take pictures of your friends and attach it to their contact info in the T226's phone book so you can see who's calling. When that person calls, his or her picture is displayed on the screen. Or, save their shining faces in your phone as wallpaper.