T-Mobile Announces The Sony Xperia Z, Available In “The Coming Weeks”

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In a move that we called just a few short days ago, T-Mobile has announced they will be the exclusive US carrier of the Sony Xperia Z. The Sony flagship Android smartphone will be available to T-Mobile customers in the “coming weeks” through nationwide T-Mobile retail stores, select national retailers and dealers and online via www.t-mobile.com.

The Sony Xperia Z “features a stylish and durable physical design with a 5-inch 1080p HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 technology for enhanced brightness and clarity, and sports a 13-megapixel camera with Exmore RS for Mobile.”

The smartphone will be available in both a black finish and a limited-time purple finish (while supplies last).

“T-Mobile customers traveling this summer will love the Xperia Z with its big, beautiful HD screen, water-resistant design and advanced camera features,” said Jason Young, vice president of product marketing, T-Mobile. “This is an outstanding combination: a premium 4G LTE smartphone with Sony’s best features coupled with T-Mobile’s unlimited data and speedy nationwide network.”

Xperia® Z from Sony to Make a Splash at T-Mobile this Summer

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BELLEVUE, WA — June 18, 2013 — Continuing to offer customers a wide selection of hot 4G LTE smartphones, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) today announced it will be the exclusive U.S. wireless company to carry the Xperia® Z from Sony.

The Xperia Z packs the best Sony has to offer into a premium Android-powered smartphone. T-Mobile will offer the device on its Simple Choice Plan with no annual service contract plus unlimited talk, text and Web on a screaming fast, nationwide 4G network with 4G LTE rolling out across the country.

“T-Mobile customers traveling this summer will love the Xperia Z with its big, beautiful HD screen, water-resistant design and advanced camera features,” said Jason Young, vice president of product marketing, T-Mobile. “This is an outstanding combination: a premium 4G LTE smartphone with Sony’s best features coupled with T-Mobile’s unlimited data and speedy nationwide network.”

Simple Choice Plan

With T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan, Xperia Z customers design their plan based on the number of lines and amount of high-speed data they want. Unlimited talk, text and Web with up to 500MB of high-speed data is $50 per month (plus taxes and fees) for the first line. Customers can add another 2GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds for $10 per month per line or get unlimited 4G data and up to 500MB of tethering for an additional $20 per month per line. A second phone line can be added for $30 per month and each additional line is just $10 per month. There are no caps, no overages and no restrictive annual service contracts.

T-Mobile’s 4G LTE Network

The Xperia Z will seamlessly connect to T-Mobile’s high-speed nationwide 4G HSPA+ network and advanced 4G LTE network wherever it is available, which is expected to reach 100 million people by midyear and 200 million nationwide by the end of the year1. T-Mobile’s 4G LTE rollout complements its existing nationwide 4G network covering 228 million people, which third-party tests show already rivals or beats existing competitive LTE networks in many markets. T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network is currently available in seven metropolitan areas: Baltimore; Houston; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Phoenix; San Jose, Calif.; and Washington, D.C.

“With Xperia Z, we are thrilled to bring a breakthrough smartphone to T-Mobile, the breakout carrier in the U.S.,” said Timothy Hernquist, North America Vice President of Marketing, Sony Mobile Communications. “Xperia Z offers customers a beautifully designed, water-resistant premium Android smartphone ready to handle whatever life throws at it.”

Sony went with a stylish and durable physical design with unique technology, content and connectivity all bundled into the Xperia Z. A 5-inch 1080p HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 provides super brightness and clarity. The highly-durable design features  tempered glass and anti-shatter film on the front and back and the highest levels of dust- and water-resistance2 (IP55 and IP57) in a premium smartphone. A 13-megapixel camera with Exmor RS for Mobile, the world’s first image sensor with HDR (High Dynamic Range) video for smartphones, delivers stunning photos and videos in any condition. And its STAMINA mode is designed to greatly improve battery standby time byautomatically shutting down battery-draining apps when the screen is off.


The Xperia Z is expected to be available nationwide at T-Mobile retail stores, select national retailers and dealers and online via www.T-Mobile.com in the coming weeks. The smartphone will be available in a black finish and a limited-time only purple finish (while supplies last). For more information, visithttp://t-mobile.com/Sony-XperiaZ.

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  • chynnamann

    I’ve always wanted a Sony phone. How does this compare to the Note 2?

    • AllThingsReviewed215

      it doesn’t.

      • You’re right. The Xperia Z is dust proof, water resistent, has a higher pixel density, better camera, and a newer version of Android.

        You’re right, they don’t compare. /s

        • Verizonthunder

          Love Sony Product’s I will have my eye on this smartphone, sigh bring’s back to my Sony Ericsson W810i had amazing battery life for it’s time and well built. I will look forwarding to playing and buying this smartphone Sony welcome been waiting too long

  • Chris

    Wow I don’t remember the last time T-Mobile had an exclusive on a high end handset. This is great news, as it’s a great phone. I can’t wait to go play with one in the store! Hopefully this gets marketed a bit.

  • noelsito

    take THAT AT&T!

  • Mike

    I have the Sony Xperia ZL. Pretty happy with this phone. Basically the same as the Z but in a different case.

  • thepanttherlady

    David, you just made my Tuesday!!!! I <3 this phone.

    While I like my unlocked one, I'll be picking up the purple LTE version. Yayyyyyy!

    • G_Mobile

      So what will you do with your unlocked version? I may be interested in it?

      • thepanttherlady

        We’re not allowed to make deals on this blog but thank you. :)

  • sidekicker89

    why do some phones only show a max of 4 bars on the signal indicator? I wish they would go back to 6 :)

  • Jon Peake

    Hope this doesn’t mean T-Mobile won’t be carrying the S4 Active… I like the more rugged look and feel of the Active over the all-glass design of the Xperia, plus the Active’s more powerful and has a better battery.

    • thepanttherlady

      I thought the S4 Active was an AT&T exclusive?

      • Jon Peake

        Well damn, guess I missed that in my ogling of the Active’s specs… *sigh*

  • kevev

    Awesome device. I am so glad we have Motorola back on T-Mobile. I missed my water-resistant Defy. :o)

    • Jon Peake


  • atari37

    I hope this means T-Mobile will be getting the Sony i1 Honami. That’s a phone for the Gods and I want it…LOL

    • thepanttherlady

      Me too!

  • AllThingsReviewed215


  • Hamster

    I’d prefer seeing the Xperia ZR. Or at least a model of it with T-Mo’s 3G/4G bands offered.

  • Marc Klein

    I never had a SONY phone. Are they any good?

    • thepanttherlady

      This is my first and I’m truly enjoying it right now. There have been complaints that Sony is not too good on updating though. Personally, I don’t care if I’m using version 4.1.2 or 4.2.2 or whatever as long as my phone is functioning properly.

      • Marc Klein

        What version is it ? (Your using an international version aren’t you)

        • thepanttherlady

          I’m using the C6602 and yes, it is the international unlocked version.

      • superg05

        wow you just couldn’t wait any longer hun? well if you got the bread spread that butter i guess but it doesn’t have LTE…. which is currently lighting up all over the place hspda+ is still good though besides if you never had LTE its not like you would know what your missing. But its shocking you will be like this -_- then when you see how fast it is your like this O-o page loaded before i could even blink unfortunately for me the 2-5 block radius around my house is connected to a tower that has not be upgraded i’m the hole in the center on the donut –____– i mapped the lte in my area with sensorly evey now in then when i wake up my phone is connected some far off tower with no bars then it vanishes

        • thepanttherlady

          Sony released this phone in February and there was no guarantee T-Mobile would actually offer it. :) Why wait when I could be enjoying this phone sooner rather than later?

  • “in the coming weeks”

    Hurry please, the device is getting old already (in smartphone years).

  • Jay J. Blanco

    I love it!!!!! Here’s my routing number T-Mobile …… lol ! I need to watch some reviews of this baby

    • thepanttherlady

      Ha! I’m prepared to give my first born. :P

    • eanfoso

      haha I wonder though, like I have the Xperia Z tablet and I do know you can tether from your xperia z mobile phone, will T-Mobile block this feature on an unlimited data plan? (no throttling unlimited)

      • Jay J. Blanco

        With my unlimited data plan I get 500MB of teathering. So I would think no.

  • No white? :(



    • thepanttherlady

      C6606 (this one) will be T-Mobile branded and have the LTE bands.
      C6602 is the international unlocked version but only runs HSPA+ (I use this one currently)
      C6603 is also an international unlocked version but cannot run on T-Mobile.

      • Zacamandapio

        What would we do without you Panther Lady?


        • thepanttherlady

          *gasp* It’s too horrible to even fathom!

          Hahahaha…I’m sure you’d all survive but I do try my best. :)

  • Ethrem

    Notice they don’t mention the outdated processor. If you’re looking at this device over the One or S4, only look at it for durability purposes because it’s old tech in every other way. Not to the point of being irrelevant but around 20-30% slower.

  • TechHog

    A bunch of tech sites are choking on crow right now. That said, no flagship should be exclusive to any carrier imo.

    • JJ

      This is why tech writers don’t run the company. They would fail.

  • Ordeith

    Not the phone I am waiting for.
    When do we get the 925? Come on T-Mobile, out with it already!

    • eanfoso

      dunno, but you can register at nokia.com to get updates, I too am eager to check out the 925, although I don’t think this phone will replace my 808 PureView I do think is an awesome device

  • ssl48

    This is why they’re failing. Don’t announce a phone without a release date. “In the coming weeks” means nothing. Every big phone that has come out is announced as coming soon or in the coming weeks. Not a good way to do business

    • JJ

      Most companies do this. I don’t think its just T-mobile.

  • guest23

    i have the xperia ZL hspa+ LTE version and its awsome

    • Sean Walsh

      I have the ZL also. I like it better than the Xperia Z. Although they are pretty much the same phone minus the Water/Dust Proof feature. The IR remote is great to uses at bars & restaurants.

  • JJ

    So how about we compare this Phone to Nokia 925 and Samsung S4? which would you get and why? nothing about the app stores.

    • ssl48

      I don’t think it compares to the S4. It has an outdated processor and the side viewing angles are horrid, not to mention the lag.

      • eanfoso

        that is true, there’s nothing laggier than Sammy-made mobile phones, and lol the pathetic camera on the s4 doesn’t even come close to the lumia 925, none the less the nokia 808 PureView, and since Nokia maps offer offline navigation battery life is tremendously improved

    • blah

      i picked up the zl(the same specs/5inch screen as the z, but in the body of a 4.6inch screen phone)

      i tried both the zl and the s4 and in terms of real world use both were the same with app speeds and camera(samsung has the same exmore rs sensor) i picked up the zl for its large screen in tiny body form factor

      in my opinion, all the android phones, have reached hardware parity right now, so any choice will be based on customization, the s4 felt too gimicky, whereas the sony imo, had just the right amount of tweaks in terms of graphics and apps without going overboard like the s4

      that being said, ill likely give the zl away, and either get the sony honomi or the nokia eos, as id prefer a phone with a xenon flash and a good camera

  • Doakie

    My Tmo Note 2 has spoiled me to smaller screens. My Sprint HTC One feels almost unusable due to the combination of smaller screen size and horrible data connection speeds. Honestly the only things right now that would perk any interest from me would be the Huawei Ascend Mate, Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 or the Blu Life View. I think T-Mobile should concentrate on getting some of the cheaper unlocked phone companies into their portfolio now that they are not subsidizing your phone anymore. Could you imagine if you could walk into a T-Mobile store pick up a 5.7″ Blu Life View or a 5.0″ Blu Life One for $0 down and $12 per month financing? Couple that with the $60 2 GB plan and you pay $72 per month with no initial down payment the phones would be flying off the shelves.

    • superg05

      its not a bad idea you should let them know John.legere@t-mobile.com and also tell him to have someone read the t-mobile news comments for other great ideas

      • John


        • superg05


  • mueller2051

    Bring it on I have a pool and would love to have a phone I don’t have to worry about getting wet. Also kinda done with galaxy s3 I have problems with texting. and the circle of death where sending a text and busy circle appears and never send text. Any one else have this problem and have a answer to that problem I’m all ears

    • knightsray

      root your phone and install a custom rom!

      • mueller2051

        I would but phone only 3 months old don’t want to void warrenty yet. My note 2 has no problems like this

        • JBrowne1012

          you can still return it back to stock and send it off for warranty I’ve returned rooted devices before they really don’t check it.

        • mueller2051

          Rooting fine but don’t want to add another rom. Hustingswondering if iI’m only one with this texting problem. May be a conflicting app but I same ones on note 2 no problems

    • Lagurl39

      I never had that problem with my galaxy s4 texts always go tru just fine same when i had my old s3 never a problem with texts.

  • Alex Zapata

    Still waiting for my L925. Gaaaahhh! Cool phone from Sony though. More devices should be water and dust resistant.

  • NYCTheBronx

    Awesome! =)

  • Dan Lupescu

    does it have ant+ like other sony phones?

  • mikel

    I hope they get the Xperia z Ultra as well