T-Mobile Ready Sony Xperia Z Ultra Passes Through The FCC, But Will They Carry It?


A quick reminder that passage through the FCC doesn’t guarantee a T-Mobile arrival, but the appearance of the Xperia Z Ultra with T-Mobile-ready HSPA+ and LTE has us thinking. The FCC filing for the 6.4″ smartphone/tablet/thing shows LTE bands 2,4,5 and 7 and 1700 HSPA+. With T-Mobile already selling the smaller sibling in the Xperia Z, it’s not unthinkable that T-Mobile could pick up another Sony device. Of course, there’s no carrier indicators anywhere in the FCC filing so any T-Mobile arrival is just a guess at this point.

Sony calls the Xperia Z Ultra the worlds slimmest Full HD smartphone, not to mention its waterproof, dust-proof and features Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocking in a 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable internal memory and a 3050mAh battery.

There’s no question the Xperia Z Ultra is a multimedia powerhouse and just begs for movie watching, but is it too large? Take a look at the device in action thanks to our PhoneDog partner in crime Aaron Baker and his part 1 review of the mega-smartphone.

Unwired View via FCC

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  • Anonymouse

    ill wait for the C6833 variant since it supports lte bands 1,2,3,4,5,7,8 and 20. here’s the white paper: http://developer.sonymobile.com/downloads/whitepapers/sony-xperia-z-ultra-lte-c6833-white-paper/

    • Christopher Vanwinkle

      Have you already preordered it on NegriElectronics? They already have it there.

  • When you buy the Moto X you can add your Google Account on it right when you order it. So, technically speaking, you walk out working no matter where you buy it from ;)

    • pbxtech


    • merck


    • ceegii63

      can i buy pot from you? that’s some premium shit you smokin there

    • jonathan3579

      You must be some kind of idiot. That was one of the most irrelevant comment I’ve seen in a while.

    • mreveryphone

      You do know if you buy a flip phone all you need is your number to get the thing running?!?!?

      • minioninnc

        What’s a flip phone?

    • mueller2051

      You add sim card and set up your Google account when you get it. Then it should load your contacts. You can then go to Google play story and load your apps that you purshased ijln the past from my apps in Google . So yes you can buy it anywhere. You may need to manually put in tmobils apn. Under network settings

      • Ok, I’m being misunderstood here.

        Aron has been saying the “walk out working” phrase for a long time. Which is a selling point for Best Buy. Now in most cases, people go for that because many don’t really know how to setup their phones. Even if it’s really easy.

        So just about the last time Aron says “walk out working” he shows the Moto X, to make potential customers aware that Best Buy has it in stock.

        The ting about the Moto X is that, before you buy it, you can configure it online, you can customise it’s colours and also add your google account right there on the online configuration tool.

        When you go to pick up your phone it will already be configured. So you’re going to “walk out working” regardless of where you purchase this phone. In this particular case, the Moto X, Best Buys selling point isn’t valid here. Not entirely anyway, some people will still not use the online tool.

        And I found this funny. They could have come up with something more clever to say about the Moto X.

        • mueller2051

          I would not want to set my phone up on line when it only take minuets to do when I pull it out of the box. Just for security reason. But the selling point is some people have no clue how to set up there phone so it make sense from that stand point.

  • JBLmobileG1

    I definitely welcome it to T-mobile. Although being that they just released the smaller version…. It may not play nicely with the ones who picked it up not too long ago. I guess jump might start to come in handy after all… especially if they carry the updated or slightly better models a few months later.

  • sushimane

    it would be crazy to see them to carry it the note 3 is good but having a 6.4 screen its close enough to be called a tablet then a phablet but i welcome it i wouldnt buy it but i welcome it. it would be funny to see people using it as a phone holding it and talking to it. haha

  • Justin Black

    Does it come with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse?

    • Christopher Vanwinkle

      Not yet, we will have to wait about 2 years for that to come at this rate.

  • Jessicad

    Im happy with my purple xperia Z so ill just stick with that LOL . Also does anyone kno why my xperia z gets better signal than my mans galaxy s4? Ikno this has nothing to do with it but I noticed that my xperia for some reason has a better antenna? Both phones are running on tmobile but in our loft in downtown LA my xperia gets 4 bars of lte his galaXy 1-2 bars of lte in the same Places and sometimes his phone drops to hspa and mine maintains a good lte signal why is that??

    • Sean Walsh

      I am guessing that Sony put a higher quality antenna in
      their phones than Samsung. As has been the cases I have seen in the past.

    • JERRY

      i agree with sean sony phones and motorola phones from my experience have really good antennas better than htc and samsung dnt know bout iphones since i never owned one and probably never will. i had sony phones on att and tmobile on att i had xperia ion and galaxy s3 ,tmobile i have xperia z and had htc one, galaxy s3 and lg and in places were i had 0-1 bars on the htc one and galaxy s3 and optimus l9 on the xperia z i always had 2-4 bars , same when i had att in places i had 0-1 bars on the att galxy s3 i had 2-3 bars on the xperia ion. so yea i think sony uses better antennas in there phones.. and bout motorola i never had one but my wife has and same thing as the sony phones in places samsung and htc and lg phones have 0-1 bars the motorola like the sony phones had better signal 2-3 bars.

      • Morton H

        I have the Sony Xperia Z and i have full strength across the board and clear crisp call, not like i have had on my Note 2 before on ATT

        • Alex

          Whats the battery life like? I can’t decide between the S4 or Xperia but I’ve read its a battery guzzler.

        • Morton H

          I like the build quality better on the Sony than Samsung.. the battery life isn’t bad I always keep on stamina mode anyway so it last thru normal use..on full strength the battery would be dead

        • Alex

          Oh ok. Yea I think im going with the Sony. I just dont like being the “me too” guy when everyone pulls out their galaxies or iphones lol.

    • Christopher Vanwinkle

      #ForeverSony #SamsungFail
      I notice the same thing happening in SJ, CA with my One, which has full bars LTE, and my mum’s (yes, my mum’s) S4, which only gets 2 bars of 4G on Verizon’s more stable network. (It isn’t because I use T-Mobile, because my friend has an S4 on Magenta and has the same problem)

  • mreveryphone

    Thank you David!! This is the info I’ve been waiting on. Even if Magenta doesn’t sell it directly at least I know I can get a compatible tmo version. What a way to start a Monday!!

  • cybersedan

    I think this pushes the envelope too far for me, might be good for some people though.

    • Christopher Vanwinkle

      It is perfect for me.

  • kev2684

    T-Mobile has it all! can’t wait when they decide to carry HTC One Max as well. battle of the 2013 phablets is just right around the corner.

    Note vs. Max vs. Ultra *0*

  • mingkee

    I think it’s destined as ZL…sold as unlocked directly from Sony.

    • Christopher Vanwinkle

      Explain. Sorry, i’m sort of confused.

  • Don Kim

    It should depend on the sales of Xperia Z.

    • Evang3los

      I have sold 25 Xperia z already

  • David Lebron

    I want the honami…. Please dig up something on the Honami lol

    • ye

      ThisThisThis. I missed my chance to get a Galaxy S4 while it was the best phone available and I’m not that much of a fan of phablets and the G2 (is it considered a phablet? It’s not much smaller than the Note 1) has a lack of microSD and so will the Nexus 5. The Honami looks like the perfect sweet spot.

      • thepanttherlady

        I plan on getting this as well though I’m not waiting 5 months after it’s released for T-Mobile to get it. The int’l version of the XZ worked well with HSPA+ so I’ll be looking into the same for this one.

        • David Lebron

          Yea I figured I might have to do that. I love my Xperia Z. Was hoping since we got the XZ and may get the Ultra, it’d be awesome for us to get the Honami. If I need to get it internationally, I will

    • kev2684

      i think i read somewhere in Google+ that it passed through FCC with AT&T and T-Mobile compatible bands. (band 2, 4, 5 and 17 LTE)

      • David Lebron

        I just read something about it supporting HSPA+ so it’s awesome it’ll support our LTE bands too. Wifi calling is kind of a must for me though :/

  • twicetheprice

    It’s not for me but I want to see TMo get it. The more the better!

  • Jay J. Blanco

    This phone is huge !! Too big for my hands! almost the size of my Nexus 7 lol

  • D Velasquez

    all manufacturers are claiming now the “slimmest” title but in fact NEC claimed that title first 2 years ago with the MEDIAS N-04C then the Razr appeared then the rest…

  • Honna

    No FLASH! :-(

    • Evang3los

      Doesn’t matter, flashes only reach 15 feet. And the z ultra takes amazing night shots

    • Guy

      Got to agree with you here Honna. Understand the point of the 15ft as well, but I normally take photos within that range and sometimes in not well lit areas. No excuse for no flash.

    • I actually use before I hate

      Go play with a sony camera that has an exmor r sensor in it and see why u dont need flash. Sony is number 1 n the camera business I think they know what their doing they arenr a recipe company like samsung my s4 has a flash and takes shit pictures

    • zp

      agreed. huge flaw.

  • I’ll take this over the Note any day, very nice.

  • big_d_undercover

    ok so i have a new name for smartphones. i.e. note 1,2, 3, xperia z ultra……

    SMURPH! smartphone/phablet/mini me with magical powers!


  • ceegii63

    saw top and bottom Speaker Holes: WANT!!!
    realized it was Mono not Stereo: FAIL!!!

  • Michael Cohen

    I like this phone a lot but I have issues with certain aspects and I am not talking about size. Why is the camera of lower quality than the regular Xperia Z, I mean 8mp compared to 13mp, no camera flash. Also the battery is big, but is it big enough? The Note 3 is rumored to have 3450mAh, the HTC One Max is rumored to have 3300mAh. The Xperia Z Ultra should atleast have as big or an even bigger battery. Also no stylus what so ever, “Oh but you can use any pen or pencil as a stylus”, true, but I just don’t feel comfortable using such objects on my screen, I’d rather have a dedicated stylus pen already on the phone.

    • faaaaq

      Simply put, to keep it slim. That answers the “why” of all of your questions.

    • zp

      Agreed with every one of your points here. Slightly frustrated by those failings.

  • FallenAngelJK

    I think I am going to get this phone. I want the purple. I’ll probably purchase it when I buy my PS4. #Awesomeness #SonyPlanet

  • Christopher Vanwinkle

    This would go perfect with that rumoured Sony Smartphone camera that isn’t actually a part of the phone.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Hopefully the Honami comes to Tmobile US. I would sell my GS4 for that in a heartbeat

  • zp

    Do we have a release date yet?

  • Allen Enriquez

    I want this Sony Xperia Z Ultra so bad, but if t-Mobile US gets it I hope they put an IR blaster stylus camera flash