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


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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