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Sony Xperia Z available in the U.K.; phone offered to U.S. buyers for $849

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Sony Xperia Z available in the U.K.; phone offered to U.S. buyers for $849
Expected to be launched in the U.K. on March 1st, a number of U.K. retailers have started offering the Sony Xperia Z a day early. The device is being offered unlocked and SIM free for various prices with Phones4U apparently the cheapest option at £489.95 ($745 USD). Unlocked Mobiles is selling the device for £514.98 ($783 USD) and Clove has a price tag on the unit reading £522 ($793 USD), although that includes a free wireless speaker worth £65 ($99 USD).

U.S. buyers can purchase the phone for $849, unlocked

U.S. buyers can purchase the phone for $849, unlocked

If you are looking to go the subsidized route, Carphone Warehouse will give you the Black or White Sony Xperia Z for free with a £36 ($55 USD) per month contract. For the same price, Orange gives you a choice of the black or white model of the handset with 600 voice minutes, unlimited texts, and 1 GB of data. Want more voice minutes? For the same price you can have 900 minutes, unlimited texts, and 250 MB of data. If more data is what you need, EE will give you unlimited calls, texts and 20 GB of data for £61 ($93 USD). Crave a purple version of the phone? You can get one exclusively from O2 with a plan starting at £39 ($59 USD) a month.

No U.S. carrier has stepped up to the plate yet to announce that they will be offering the phone in the U.S. If you don't mind missing out on LTE service, you can purchase the Sony Xperia Z unlocked for $849 from GSM Nation. The phone is compatible with AT&T on the 850MHz frequency, which will allow for 3G speed while the 1700MHz frequency coverage allows for EDGE connectivity over T-Mobile's pipeline.

source: UnwiredView

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posted on 28 Feb 2013, 10:03 12

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4234; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Wow $849.00 for 2012 specs?!? Thanks but no thanks.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 10:07 14

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


You Forgot to add that HTC Droid DNA is better, didn't you?!

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 08:18

50. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4234; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


The HTC Droid DNA actually came out in 2012. Don't get the Sony Xperia Z people, get either the HTC One or the Samsung Galaxy S IV. lol

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 09:52

51. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


You are just an HTC Droid DNA owner which just can't come to terms that there is a new and better "sheriff in town" a.k.a. Sony Xperia Z. And you just can't handle that other feel the hype about Sony Xperia Z. And that's why you are squealing in every article about Sony Xperia Z, you feel butthurt. ;D

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 10:12 8

5. drpain (Posts: 85; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


Even worse than that.

Poor battery
Poor ergonomics
Washed out screen
Purple tinted photos

It's got the Sony logo, fanboys gonna wet themselves over this

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 10:19 16

6. emadshiny (Posts: 1136; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


and have you experienced the phone?

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 18:29 4

41. MrJerry (Posts: 396; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


I have here in Australia

I can tell you its outside is the best till today
But inside(sorry i have to say this) is even worse than GS3
Idk what they did with their UI but it is seriously laggy and looks not cool (laggy especially phone, call, text)
And I still have no idea why they need the big tile as background for the application

To sum up, it is not worth $849 even if you are an early adapter..you gatta wait till the price goes down

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 23:26 1

46. 007akshay (Posts: 37; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


hey u should have seen china made xperia z i think.... :p..lol

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 00:15 2

47. MrJerry (Posts: 396; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


I hope so otherwise you guys will be so disappointed with it on your hand

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 10:21 15

7. emadshiny (Posts: 1136; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


have you worked with this phone or you're just a butthurt fanboy?
or maybe you only credit those biased reviews of this phone.
Grow Up.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 10:42 12

11. Rexperia (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


What's problem with you? Are you mad? Did Sony treat you bad? Calm down and grow up! If you don't like it then go look for your dreams phone... Pathetic..

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 10:44 13

12. AshishRomea (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


my friend from london who owns the Z himself has told me that the phone beats the heck out of BUTTERFLY ! the screen is washed out , camera is the best till date & battery lasts more than a day !

its the fan boys from HTC & SAMSUNG who has done Z damage !

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 11:04 4

16. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Poor ergonomics"

Troll, do you even know what is ergonomics...

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 11:24 5

20. drpain (Posts: 85; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


Read the reviews instead of being a famboi

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 11:36 6

21. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


First of all I don't need to reade any reviews to know what is ergonomics.

Second, one review may say that Sony Xperia Z has bad ergonomics while another review may say that Sony Xperia Z has good ergonomics, then what?

And what if review will say you to jump off the roof, do you will jump?

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 12:07 3

26. ryq24 (Posts: 511; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Drpain work for Samsung! :-)

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 16:15

34. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


the same specs and lower price

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 18:39 2

42. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6600; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


you're a poor reviewer it have STAMINA STAND BY MODE for longer and turn off web traffic 2400 maH battery. FULL HD 1080P screen 6.9 MM THICK Smaller than youre crappy iPhone TEMPER GLASS stronger than fragile glass. need i say more? learn too look at review phones before u say something

posted on 03 Mar 2013, 18:18

52. TMach (Posts: 372; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Not sure what to make of haters like you other than conclude a) either you can't afford the phone or b) you are simply a butthurt fanboy of another maker. I have just spent a full day with this phone and after having it on and using it all day, phone calls texting, playing Angry Birds out of boredom and watching a movie, I still have 56% battery left! The screen is simply to die for and I have had them all and still own the HTC One X+ and Xperia T as well as the Nexus 4! The colours are so rich and vivid on this phone, it almost hurts as the images are that sharp - you will need to use it in real life to appreciate......oh, I forgot, you are simply trolling and never held this phone or yo are just a fanboy of .........

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 06:43

54. joshOps85 (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Wow sounds amazing, water resistance is a big plus for me so I'll eventually get this I think, how much was yours?

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 10:25 3

8. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6600; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


THIS IS UNLOCKED through the U.K. I'm waiting for U.S. CARRIER vsrsion.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 11:01 5

15. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4073; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Wow, the amount of Sony and Nokia fans here lately surprises me...

Seriously though, the Xperia Z IS a 2012 phone in a world soon to be full of 2013 beasts. I mean, the Z isn't bad by any means, every phone has it's cons, but it's just late to the party; and to be late while pricing it that high is just absurd. I can pre order a 32 GB HTC One for about $700, which is a true 2013 flagship.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 12:55

30. Taters (Posts: 3291; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Actually, if it had the Qualcomm 600 like it really should have, don't know how Sony screwed up there, the Z would be much better than the HTC One. It looks better, is thinner, better ergonomics(button placement), better screen size to phone size ratio etc.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 18:24 1

40. jan25 (Posts: 408; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


Sony fanboys will have to say make sense of the Xperia Z old chipset, the not so great bravia engine, and the company's bad reputation with updates. Not to mention the borong UI. Now lets count the dislikes.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 12:29

29. oister85 (Posts: 402; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


it has the same specs of the htc one same processor, jelly bean. I think the z offers more with the water resistant dust, really good headphones, and is made of glass

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 23:22 1

44. 007akshay (Posts: 37; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


f**k off mate water resistant high end mobile is 2012 spec.......ooff!!
.......where ru leavin mate...??????????

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 23:24 1

45. 007akshay (Posts: 37; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


i know it is costlier but by d release of s4 it will be reduced to 700$ i guess.....

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 10:08 11

3. emadshiny (Posts: 1136; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


the purple one is a real eye catcher but its very difficult to find one.
i think i must go for white

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 10:48 2

13. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4073; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


You can pre order the purple one here for $770;

http://negrielectronics.com/sony-xperia-z-unlocked-purple.html#.US-J1jCkofU

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 10:09 12

4. Esf_Kid (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


my beauty is coming.
can't wait anymore and want to buy a PURPLE one.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 10:25 9

9. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6600; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Com on SONY RELEASE THIS BABY IN THE U.S.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 10:34 1

10. StacksTM (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


The 6606 with be the US LTE variant working on Rogers/ AT&T and T-Mobile bands 4 and 17. You'll regret spending $850 just to see the LTE variant from shortly after.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 10:52 4

14. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


o o tooo expensive??why sony!!
its pretty good if z has a good screen or good camera or better battary..
no tnx sony..
i like to try yoga..

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 11:05

17. bustervic (Posts: 22; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


Great device, WAYYY too much money. Sony needs to earn peoples trust by having them experience a great device. No one in their right mind will pay that price if they aren't sure about the user experience.
Price it at $650 and you might have a chance, price it at $550 and it's a killer.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 11:17 1

18. haseebzahid (Posts: 1833; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


849$ looks extortionate price damn is it a phone or a apple laptop
and i heard people saying surface pro is overpriced :O well that pro and this phone is at same price hmm thats wierd

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 11:58

24. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


TX sells for 40% off from it's launch price ... in less than 4 months after release ... this phone also will have same fate ... :)

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 11:20 2

19. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


This is a great phone when it comes to features and performance,but the PRICE ?????????

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 11:56 2

22. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Typical Sony stuff outdated yet expensive. Wait for 4-5 months and no one will ever remember this phone... just like TX and T ... the hyped bond phone.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 11:57 1

23. siluro (Posts: 46; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


So where are all the Sony Xperia Z lovers that were complaining in the PA review? I called it that the price would be outrageous, and PA basically said it's not all that amazing of a phone... Hope all of you who thought otherwise know better now!

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 12:06

25. pwnarena (Posts: 947; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


stupid sony pricing. as much as i like that brand, that price is just unacceptable considering that there are better choices available. i would understand if they put a better display there, never mind the processor. a better display and a better camera would have made it worth that much. unfortunately, sony does not have intentions of recovering given their deluded "premium" pricing.

looks like my hopes for a good year for sony have just gone down the drain.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 12:11

27. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


If and when they release the phone in the US, it will have a different price tag. It's always like that.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 12:28 2

28. nikenturd (unregistered)


Sony sucks. $849 for a phone that isnt even at the very top end? Id rather wait for the Galaxy SIV and be good spending my $650-$700

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 17:23 1

39. TMach (Posts: 372; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Sweet dreams as you are about to get the biggest wake up call if you think your precious S4 will be cheaper! Suggest you start thinking of the US Dollar equivalent of £550 and up!

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 13:26

31. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


Clove is the best place for interested people in USA. Cost like 451 pounds( $690 approx.) inc. shipping... Just ordered mine:)

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 13:55 5

32. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


i prefer htc one ..maybe s4.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 15:06 10

33. TheLoyalist (Posts: 20; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


I've used both Z, ZL and HTC One and they are all fantastic phones. You Will be very happy with all these phones, it's just a matter of taste. They all fly.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 17:00 1

35. joshOps85 (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Gee it's just one place in USA that sells it for $850, if other places sold it too it would be much cheaper. Plus if you're going to call this a 2012 phone than more like December '12. How many phones in 2012 had same specs, that aside it will still be fast enough for what ever you through at it. Don't be sacked in by the spec race, it's point is to make you buy a phone every 6 months... Ie they make lots of money off us poorer people!

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 17:16

36. TMach (Posts: 372; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


I dare you to name any phone from 2012, apart from the HTC Butterfly, which by the way is only available in limited markets and even now is still a rarity and is therefore arguably a 2013 phone. I get mine tomorrow and have had a chance to look and play with one of these already and forgive me but there is not a phone around that even gets close. There may be better phones in the future but not right now, oh by the way the HTC One X+ and Samsung S3 were near enoug the same price on release.

If you have nothing useful to say, do desist from making puerile comments. Thank you.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 06:41

53. joshOps85 (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


I agree with you by the way, sorry if I was confusing.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 17:20 1

37. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 435; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


WOW! Well you know people, its Europe! Where taxes are said to be high. So in US, maybe the price will lower a little bit. In the Philippines, the phone is officially priced by Sony Mobile PH on Facebook with an amount to pay of P32,490 or $813.
Some people would still buy the featureless iPhone 16GB at that price in the Philippines.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 21:26 1

43. pyradark (Posts: 776; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


iphone 5 is selling is due to the offer of our telecom, if there is no offer NO ONE will be interested to bought that expensive phone where you can get the same price as Xperia Z with Water & Dust Proof.

Cant wait to get one, in Unlocked Version

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 17:20

38. TMach (Posts: 372; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Lol...seeing as this iPhone arena, this is still cheaper than the equivalent iPhone 5, oh I forgot, there is not an iPhone equivalent all of them being inferior. Before you even go there fanboys, got iP5 from vodafone as my upgrade and found it so utterly boring I sold it CEX. Can't believe I got rid of my iP4 for it so now divested myself of iToys completely especially as I have a strong preference for Android phones and always have.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 02:03

48. joshOps85 (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Btw here in Australia it's $749 but you can't get it for $730 at some online stores. I remember my old x10 was like $1000 when it first came out, so really its quite a good price. Samsung and apple just don't want it getting popular and push a lot of negativity about the zed.

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