Sony Xperia Z3 launching today with Whitepages-powered Name ID service

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Although pre-orders have already arrived on buyers’ doorsteps, today is the day that T-Mobile launches the long-awaited successor to the Xperia Z1s. The brand new Xperia Z3 is available to buy online and in retail stores from this morning. It has a full retail price of $630, or $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $26.25.

Key specs for the T-Mobile Xperia Z3:

  • 5.2-inch, 1080×1920 IPS LCD display with Triluminous tech
  • 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage, expandable up to an extra 128GB via Micro SD
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi calling built-in
  • 3,100mAh battery that provides up to 21 hours talk time
  • Waterproof and dust-proof – IP68 certified
  • 20.7 MP camera with 4k video recording
  • 5.75 x 2.83 x 0.30 inches

Another feature baked in to T-Mobile’s Z3 is a service offered by Whitepages which enhances the T-Mobile Name ID to provide much better information on who’s calling you, helping you identify spam/scam callers. This “next generation Whitepages powered solution” is built in to the core experience of the phone. And will be available for 10 days as a free trial to users buying the Z3 from today, and will be integrated in to other new T-Mobile Android phones going forward.

“What makes this next generation Whitepages powered solution so unique is that it is built right into the native phone and address book experience. It goes beyond identification, providing features from search to call blocking to spam identification, and giving users the tools they need to make the decision to answer an incoming call or text, which is important with the continued rise of mobile phone spam and fraudulent scams,” said Alex Algard, CEO, Whitepages. “Users will also see a drastic difference in their call history – what was once a list of unidentified numbers is now an informative catalog of names and contact information.”

Features now available on the Whitepages-powered T-Mobile Name ID service include:

IDENTIFY: Automatic identification of the person, business or spammer/scammer associated with an incoming call or text, even if they are not in the user’s address book or contact list, as well as additional information auto-surfaced for outbound calls. No more 10-digit numbers or unknown callers in the call history

FIND: The ability to search for more information on millions of contacts and find more information on the caller or texter, including robust contact data, spam score and feedback from other users on numbers associated with spam or scam.

MANAGE: One-click for blocking or unblocking calls and texts, along with the ability to update your name and contact information for others to see.

Once your 10 day trial is up, you can sign up for a monthly subscription through T-Mobile. You pay $3.99 per month through T-Mobile for access following the end of the trial.

Do you see the Whitepages inclusion as something beneficial to you, or does the thought of an extra monthly cost put you off it entirely?

 

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  • jsun

    I rarely get any spam calls and I have mostly everyone that calls me on my contacts. However, it’s a good feature to have but just not enough to justify paying for it.

  • thepanttherlady

    I think I got that app when it was free not too long ago. I prefer Mr. Number instead though.

    • Stone Cold

      So if we want it

      • thepanttherlady

        Sorry, making that happen is above my pay grade. :)

        • Stone Cold

          Lol I had deleted that comment and put it in reply to Cam.

    • Zacamandapio

      How do you know so many different apps?

      • thepanttherlady

        I could tell you but if I did, well, you know the rest. =P

      • JamesG

        How do you not use your smartphone and explore apps?

    • Stone Cold

      Mr. Number is made by White Pages

      • thepanttherlady

        Perhaps, but they are two different apps. Mr. Number offers more than White Pages.

  • Cam Bunton

    Post update: Cost will be $3.99 per month following the trial, subscribe through T-Mo.

    • Stone Cold

      This should be an automatic feature not a paid app subscription.

      • T-Mobile Cares

        I am sorry you find this to be a pain point. We currently offer this feature through a third party vendor. In order to keep your bill as low as we can, we offer it as an add-on feature. This gives you the flexibility to decide whether you would like the feature or not. We will keep this in mind for the future.

        • I know that I am joining in on this several months later. However, the point doesn’t get better with age.

          $4.00 per month for the service is not doing any customer a favor. Putting a short free trial, then automatically adding it to the bill is even worse for the customers.

          That nonsense about this being more convenient to your customers is an empty argument. Be honest, the only one it’s convenient for is whomever gets the 4 bucks from the confused and forgetful user.

          White pages, itself, is not a bad service. It’s the pricing and the way customers end up paying for a service, just because they forget to cancel it.

          $3.95 per year is a realistic price for the value it adds. I could practically buy a phone for that amount per month on the bill.

          It really is time to get with the program and stop picking your customers pockets.

  • Verizonthunder

    I love this phone so responsive, great battery life, awesome features, waterproof, and a awesome camera for day and night photos. Halloween pictures are going to look nice at night when walking with family.

  • Johayan

    Why not just use Google’s free ID service? It’s baked into several AOSP-type ROMs as it is. It’s also built in to Android L.

  • VG

    This reminds me of the landline carriers who used to charge extra for Caller ID before they just gave in and included it as a regular feature in the normal monthly price. I just wish T-Mobile would lead the charge and include “Name Caller ID” (or whatever it is called) along with “Number Caller ID” in the base monthly rate. Seems ridiculous in this day and age to try to continue to sell “Name Caller ID” as a feature with an additional cost.

    • Bryan Pizzuti

      Stay tuned for UnCarrier 8.0! ;)

    • T-Mobile Cares

      I am sorry you find this to be a pain point. We currently offer this feature through a third party vendor. In order to keep your bill as low as we can, we offer it as an add-on feature. This gives you the flexibility to decide whether you would like the feature or not. We will keep this in mind for the future. Thanks for pointng it out.

    • Doble-A

      Agreed.

      P.S. It’s called “T-Mobile Name ID”, and I am one with the service currently added to my account for an additional cost of $3.99.

  • Jose Cano

    I pre-ordered mine, but it was backordered. I can’t believe I won’t have mine day one. Don’t even know an estimated date. I would assume I can just go to a tmobile store and cancel my order and pick it up right then and there, but it’s unlikely. This sucks. :(

  • sushimane

    So does the z3 support 700mhz. I’m about to grab it.

    • GuyBorg

      Yes, it is noted on sony’s website in the whitepaper download.

      • sushimane

        Thanks I’m gonna grab it then.

    • Bryan Pizzuti

      It’s supported, but not yet enabled in the firmware.

      • sushimane

        Thanks

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        Where did you find that info?

        • Bryan Pizzuti

          Supported: FCC documentation.
          Not yet enabled: In my shiny little Xperia Z3. :)

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Is that only available to people who bought one or?

        • Bryan Pizzuti

          Last time I posted a link to FCC docs they moderated my post out, so I’m not doing it again. But some judicious Google searching will find it for you. There’s several versions, make sure you’re looking at the T-Mobile version.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          how about posting the google search

    • Benny

      T-Mobile Z3 is specific for T-Mobile. It supports only 3 LTE bands which are in use or will be in use in the near future. If you travel overseas, it’s highly possible that this phone doesn’t support LTE bands in the countries you visit.

      • sushimane

        Their has to be other carrier that uses the same frequency as T-Mobile. But I’ll keep a head up on that when I go to Canada in the summer.

        • JamesG

          Verizon uses band 4 now

        • sushimane

          I meant in other country not the us carrier.

        • Benny

          In North America you should be fine. Outside this continent, like in Europe or Asia, your tmobile Z3 will be out of luck.

    • ” J.D. “

      band 12 = 700MHz simply put yes

  • robert

    I will be picking one up today possibly, girlfriend is taking my s5, so I think this my next choice, everything looks amazing for this device

    • Verizonthunder

      It’s a great device mine arrived Thursday and this phone is sleek, powerful, and with a great camera too

  • ShermCraig

    The Wihtepages thing isn’t worth $48/year to me.

    • Stone Cold

      It isn’t seeing as white pages have free caller ID apps in the play app store.

  • Jarobusa

    Is this just a souped up caller id?

    • Stone Cold

      Yes but white pages has free apps that do the same thing. I opted out soon as I set up my device

  • gperez

    Goodbye Note3, Hello Z3

    • Verizonthunder

      The Sony Xperia Z3 is very fast and still no lag period also will receive 5.0 lollipop early next year

  • Benny

    The free Whoscall app does the same thing like tmobile Name ID service, doesn’t it?

  • javier

    Cam can we get some band 12 updates in Orlando area I can’t find any info on the online

  • neospade44

    Mine arrived yesterday, but still haven’t taken the wrappers off or turned it on. Damn work!

  • Kit Pogi

    VoLTE supported?

    • Anon

      Yes

    • csaba

      Yes

      • Kit Pogi

        Thank you… sorry for the delayed response I got mine today and tested it… VoLTE rocks on T-Mobile

  • Jared

    I got this phone in the mail last week and absolutely love it!!! I can’t say enough good things about it! But the greatest thing about it, for me, is that I was coming from an HTC M7, and with that phone I was on Edge or 2G all day long at work (45 minutes away from Tulsa where I live). On my Z3 I have 4Glte at work which is such a good feeling to actually be able to use my $600+ dollar phone for something more than just calling and texting. Oh and I just bought a PS4 last night and Sony’s Remote Play app is up and running, so I’ll be able to play PS4 on my phone without tying up the TV. Sony also sent me my digital copy of Driveclub yesterday for pre-ordering my phone, so I’m pumped about that too!!!

    • David

      me too!

      • Kit Pogi

        Yeeep…. speedy!

  • Uxorious

    Personally I find the Name-ID thing to be annoying as hell, and paying for it is plain dumb.
    At least the ROM allows disabling this particular app … maybe at some point, T-Mobile will realize that bloatware is a pain point!

  • Andrew Morel

    But still no IR blaster right? What a shame…

    • JamesG

      Not that many people used that feature on other phones

    • Stone Cold

      No IR blaster

  • John Masters

    I wish I knew if they were getting the Compact version. Might go for this phone, but would hate it if I got the Z3, and then T-Mobile announced the C Version in a few months.

  • Stone Cold

    Loving this phone hate the fact there were issues with getting accessories same day.

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      I so want this phone but I can’t justify leaving the HHTCone m8 until band 12 hits my area

  • Ryan

    I agree. I love the phone but apparently the accessories aren’t even available for it yet. Need a case. The Z3 is super slippery without one