If you’re one of the many Sony Xperia V fans who were disheartened by the news that the handset won’t be arriving until next year in Europe, here’s an update of the phone’s availability, one that should help turn those frowns upside down.

Despite earlier reports, it seems the Xperia V will hit several European countries before the end of the year after all, specifically Sweden and Finland this December.

Swedish mobile operators Telia and Three, for instance, are already taking pre-orders for the phone. The former is selling the Xperia V unlocked for 5,295 kr ($780), while the latter is offering it outright for 4,995 kr ($740). Both carriers also sell the Xperia V on-contract and will ship the phone out in early December.

The Sony Xperia V is up for pre-order in Finland as well. You can purchase the unlocked model for €619 ($790) from Gigantti. According to the retailer, the phone will be delivered on December 7.

Note that the Xperia V variant that’ll be sold early only comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Other markets that’ll get the phone next year, such as France, will get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

Would you rather have it early or a bit later if it means getting Jelly Bean?