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Is the Sony Xperia Z2 coming to Verizon as an exclusive?

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Is the Sony Xperia Z2 coming to Verizon as an exclusive?
Now that the new HTC One (M8) has been introduced and is available at Verizon, customers of the nation's largest carrier might soon have another high-end Android phone to consider. According to a report out of Japan, the Sony Xperia Z2 is heading to Verizon. The report states that the Sony D6508 (which is allegedly Verizon's version of the flagship model) had received Wi-Fi certification on March 3rd. The phone will support LTE/CDMA2000/WCDMA/GSM connectivity.

The Sony Xperia Z2 will launch in the second quarter. Surprisingly, it will be a Verizon exclusive. Considering that T-Mobile had offered the Sony Xperia Z and the Sony Xperia Z1, it had been expected that the nation's fourth largest mobile operator would be adding the Xperia Z2 to its line-up.

If the report is true, the Xperia Z2 will be the first Sony branded smartphone to grace the shelves at Verizon since the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY back in 2011.

Thanks for the tip, Ryan!

source: BlogofMobile (translated)

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posted on 25 Mar 2014, 14:38 11

1. ocilfa (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


If this is true, I need new pants :)

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 14:47 7

3. akki20892 (Posts: 3624; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Evleaks tweeted about this. Sony should bring in all four major carrier. But anyway still good move to bring in Verizon.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 05:00

39. boosook (Posts: 1081; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I guess that's probably the best they can do. They don't have Samsung or Apple's strength, and if a carrier tells them "ok, I will distribute your phone but it must be an exclusive", they probably have no choice but to accept.
Maybe this will change over time, as Sony gains more strength.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 14:54 6

4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4342; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


YES... This is the phone I am going to get the wife.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 16:06

20. KParks23 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


If true they should announce this there is no competing phone on Verizons network from Sony and they will pull a couple of the HTC m8 buyers.. This will be my next phone if it comes!

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 16:18 3

23. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


I was considering the m8.....but your right, if this is coming to verizon i'll 1) Need a new pair of pants and 2) Will be waiting for the arrival VERY impatiently

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 19:23

31. JC557 (Posts: 1150; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Nuts... I wanted this very thing to happen when I posted on it in the last month or so and now it seems to be coming to fruition. Looks like my phone shopping will become quite difficult as I'll decide between the HTC One, Xperia Z2, LG G3 and the Lumia Icon is kinda still in the running. So far I'm leaning towards the Xperia and One but the stereo speakers and decently long battery life has me on the latter. Can't wait to see how the Z2 stacks up in the battery department.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 16:24

24. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


if only those bezels were lesser this wouldve been a device that turns heads

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 16:41 2

27. KParks23 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


I can deal with the bezels both the new one and the s5 have huge bezels also and there not waterproof like the z2

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 23:43

47. kelso (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)


"and there not"

They're**

Fix your grammar, troll.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 22:23

34. zachattack (Posts: 590; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Troll, it will still very much turn heads. The bezels are never a bad thing on such a beautiful phone

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:00

41. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


calling me a troll, while im a sony lover, dont you read posts or just skip them...?

posted on 14 Jun 2014, 18:53

55. cnwwyo (Posts: 126; Member since: 26 May 2011)


new shirt would benefit u better.....lol

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 14:44 5

2. Commentator (Posts: 2473; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Wow, Verizon's on a roll. Lumia Icon, early One in-store access, and now this.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 14:56 8

5. Lt.Green (Posts: 394; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


A step to the right direction.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 15:25

11. Bridgep0rt (Posts: 37; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


i agree.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 15:29 4

12. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Yep,
Better late than never.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 14:56 3

6. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1408; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


NO NO NO NO!! I have been waiting for the Z2 to come out to AT&T since the announcement. Sony will be shooting them in the foot if they only release on Verizon. Look at Motorola for example. Their top tier phones are only on Verizon and they aren't exactly the most talk about phone company out there. I know they have pretty good success with Moto X & G but that's only because they put them out for all carrier and unlock models.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 15:00

7. NoFanboy (Posts: 233; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


Most customers in the US.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 15:05 4

8. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1408; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Yes, Verizon has the most subscribers in the U.S., but not all of them are going to opting to get the Z2. Sony needs to push its phone to all the carriers. Or even offer unlock model with some sort of financing plan. To shelve out about $750 for a phone at once is a bit hard... But if Sony wants to get back to the smartphone game, they need to do something different... They are already in the losing end as a company goes.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 15:49

16. NoFanboy (Posts: 233; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


I know. But i'm responding to your claim that atnt should have exclusivity instead of verizon. Ideally, it should be on all carriers.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 15:58 2

18. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1408; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


No, I don't think any phone should be exclusivity to any carrier at all. I might have written the wrong way. It kills any company when they are exclusive to a carrier unless they get butt load of money by doing that and they aren't doing so well in terms of sale

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 16:12 1

21. camera531 (Posts: 171; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


The cool thing about AT&T is that most phones outside the US (especially UK and Canada) are fully compatible. Just go on Negri Electronics or Expansys websites (the 2 biggest and by far most reputable) and order any Sony you want. Verizon is much more limited with CDMA so I have no problem with them getting exclusives.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 15:12 3

9. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 529; Member since: 20 May 2012)


T-Mobile and AT&T users will throw an utter shiat fit if this happens

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 16:25

25. hurrycanger (Posts: 1265; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


My guess is the international version will work with both T-mobile and AT&T 4G network, both HSPA+ and LTE.
The Z Ultra didn't come to carriers in the US (umm... right?), but there were 2 versions that work with T-mobile 4G. So yeah, I guess T-mobile and AT&T people will be alright. But it's just a guess anyway. xD

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 22:25 1

35. zachattack (Posts: 590; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Who cares, Verizon deserves this kind of phone. Lesser carries get these cool phones all the time I couldn't care less about the people who hate on Verizon

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 23:45

48. kelso (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)


Who cares, AT&T deserves this kind of phone. Lesser carries get these cool phones all the time I couldn't care less about the people who hate on AT&T.

FIX'D. :)

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 15:13 5

10. robert26101 (Posts: 84; Member since: 21 Mar 2014)


Another bad business decision. If they want to become competition for HTC, LG, Samsung to name a few they need to release it on all 4 major carriers. They made the mistake of having the Z1 exclusive to Tmobile and it hurt them when it came down to sales.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 15:29 1

13. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


^This. I'm on Verizon but Sony has to stop doing this. Samsung and now HTC has learned this valuable lesson. Even LG but their Verizon LG 2 was still slightly different.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 15:43

15. ojdidit84 (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Agree, it's like what Motorola and LG were doing for years all over again. Why WOULDN'T you want your product to get the most exposure by being on all major carriers? I don't get these business decisions.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 16:01

19. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Maybe limitation in production is the main reason.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 05:06 1

40. boosook (Posts: 1081; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


If you are Apple or Samsung, you can go to each of the major carriers and tell them: "I have this phone which will sell in millions. Do you want it or not?". Carriers cannot afford to reject a phone like the iphone or the lastest Galaxy flagship, so in this case is the manufacturer who has the power to decide.
But if you're Sony or Motorola your position is extremely different: you go there and beg a carrier to distribute your products. Because you know that, without the carrirer's support, you would sell just a few thousand units. In this case, the carrier can tell you: "ok, I will distribute your phone, but I want to be the only one". So I think that it's not Sony's decision. They would certainly be happier if their phones were sold by all major carriers, but they simply cannot afford it right now.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:43 1

45. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


funny and weird country is USA
in EUROPE every carriers will stock the phones

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 15:41 3

14. downphoenix (Posts: 2389; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I thought Sony wanted to double their handset sales. How are they going to do this by doing carrier exclusivity? They should release on at least 3 of the 4 major carriers, if not all 4.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 22:37 1

36. zachattack (Posts: 590; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Are you forgetting the Xperia line is exclusive to Tmobile one of teh worst providers. Putting a phone like this on the biggest carrier is not a bad thing for Sony at all, it's smart. Also i'm fairly certain it will be exclusive for a week much like HTC One and be available to everyone

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 23:47

49. kelso (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)


Lies. AT&T never got the Xperia Z1. Pretty sure this phone is going to be exclusive to Verizon forever. And the next Z3 will probably be going back to T-Mobile, unless Verizon gets greedy and nabs the Z3 as their next exclusive. AT&T doesn't give a s___ though, they only care about Samsung and Apple.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 15:54

17. Biglurr54 (Posts: 14; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Its true there is a god. I have been looking for this article to come out since the phone was announced. Three times a day every day. If you will excuse me I am now going to put the computer down for a while. Time to celebrate.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 16:15

22. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1243; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


if its going to verizon its surely is going to t-mobile too,..hope t-mobile doesnt remove the metal sides like z1s..

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 18:22

28. mikeyguy (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


bugsbunny00.. how are you so sure that it's coming to Tmobile as well??

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 16:29

26. 216monster (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


This is pretty interesting, I have been waiting for the phone to come out now for some time on T-Mobile. If it really does come out on Verizon then I will for sure buy pending the development sources are made available ( Hint : Sony take Verizon out of the picture on that part like for GSM Sony Sources so Verizon doesn't mess that up like they did Xperia Play R800x ) ...

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 18:47 1

29. Adrian38 (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


Carrier exclusivity was, is and will always be Sony's problem. You can't get anywhere by having your device on one carrier. They just don't learn.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 19:20

30. JC557 (Posts: 1150; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Sadly though sometimes if you want to be on a certain carrier that carrier may demand some kind of exclusivity. All carriers do this at some point.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 22:19

32. techperson211 (Posts: 709; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Well hopefully Sony will launch Z2 in all carriers so that they can boost their sales and let the whole world know that Z2 is one of the best phone this year.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 23:50

50. kelso (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)


Keep dreaming. Verizon owns the phone now and are jumping in joy and celebrating,. T-Mobile is crying in the river, AT&T doesn't care, and Sprint will never get a phone like this. And Sony is already happy that one of these carriers is claiming their phone, so why should they bother with the others?

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 22:21

33. zachattack (Posts: 590; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


LOL omg I'm so excited because I totally wanted the Z2 before the HTC m8 came out. Now I don't have to settle! f**king can't wait this phone was my favorite of them all.HTC m8 is still a fantastic premium phone nonetheless

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 00:00 1

37. Odiin (Posts: 295; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


second quarter? Too late,

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 00:34

38. zachattack (Posts: 590; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


kinda agree only because i can upgrade in like 2 months, don't want to wait much more than that!

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 09:43

43. drazwy (Posts: 140; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


I agree. I hate the actual releases being so far out past the announcement. Who the hell cares what you announce. If you can't get it soon after, it's too late to market and has missed the boat.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:57

44. dbdrummer88 (Posts: 29; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


The second quarter technically starts next week, although I'm sure the actual release will probably be at the end of April/early May. My contract is up on the 20th of April so it works out perfect for me.

Back in February 2012 when they announced the new droids, I had to wait 2 months before my upgrade, so for me I am glad there is a small gap between announcement and release.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 09:41

42. drazwy (Posts: 140; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


Ugh. Pissed if true.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 23:51

51. kelso (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)


It's true. Prepare to be pissed.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 10:57

46. mikeyguy (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


So do you guys think it'll be exclusive on Verizon permanently? it's just strange because Sony has a close relationship with Tmobile from what i've read, and you'd think Sony would eventually release it on Tmobile. i think all phones should be released on all carriers, but business is business i guess.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 23:52

52. kelso (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)


Sony is greedy. They turned their backs on T-Mo because they later found out that, through Verizon's commercials on being "the largest 4G network" in the US, Sony decided to end their relationship with T-mo and sign an agreement with Verizon on selling the Z2. T-Mobile, poor old saps they are, are probably utterly, devastated at this decision. They will never sell a sony phone ever again. And Verizon are laughing their way to the bank.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 10:49

53. mikeyguy (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


i guess going to the largest US carrier makes sense. well looks like my only option now is to get the unlocked version..

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 19:11

54. Jmerithew87 (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


I really like the looks of the Z2, but since they're not denying this rumor, I'll probably be picking up the M8 for T-Mobile in the 11th. If Sony makes a statement soon about what carriers they're using then I can wait, but if they can't communicate I'm not going to give them patience.

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