Sony Xperia Z2 not coming to any U.S. carrier, available only on Sony's website
U.S. citizens will get a crack at the Xperia Z2 later this summer when the unlocked version of the phone becomes available via Sony's U.S. online store. As far as the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is concerned, U.S. consumers will need to go overseas for this one. Not only won't the highly spec'd mini be seen on the shelves of any U.S. carrier, it also will not be offered online.
Considering Sony's plans to offer its newest flagship handset every 6 months, by the time U.S. smartphone buyers have the opportunity to buy the Sony Xperia Z2 from Sony's website, it might be close to the unveiling of the Sony Xperia Z3.
1. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)
Something's wrong. There's gotta be a reason which makes business sense that Sony can't grab a hold on US carriers.
3. Sharky (Posts: 98; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)
Exactly what I was thinking. But what could it be? As far as I can tell Sony's devices have been fairly well rated.
39. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
What PA?? You're title is misleading! "U.S. citizens will get a crack at the Xperia Z2 later this summer when the unlocked version of the phone becomes available via Sony's U.S. online store." not coming really??
40. Alan01 (Posts: 176; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
Read the headline...not coming to any carrier...and that is the truth.
50. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
/04/26/unlocked-xperia-z2-to-see-summer-launch-in-united-states/"TechCrunch is reporting that deals with US carriers are still ongoing..."
41. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7587; Member since: 14 May 2012)
So what do you have to say for yourself now after talking all that smack?
51. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
Don't act like a smart kid Smurf, you're always trying to put up a fight, what's the matter with you? If you're really a Med student act professionally. You're not acting your age Smurf.
58. Teja171 (unregistered)
He is probably a mentally retarded person. He should seek the help of a psychiatrist or he would become a psycho himself, bashing others all the time. He is a PsychoSmurf.
42. Taters (Posts: 2639; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Just because you put it out on the shelves it doesn't mean people will buy it. There are plenty of good products only available outside of North America. The reasons can range from logistics to budget to Apple patenting everything.
Who knows the reason. All we need to know is that the Sony investors are not willing to make the Z2 available on every carrier. My guess is because they probably lost too much money on previous Xperia flagships trying to push it in the US and want to concentrate in the areas where they KNOW for sure people will buy the Z2.
47. buccob (Posts: 1334; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Yeah I agree... plus they probably make more money bypassing carriers, at least in the short term which is the way they do things apparently.
But my issue is that even on Sony store, they lack stock quantities... the variety is very limited... My mom travel last year to Florida and she was going to get the Xperia SP which seemed to fit her needs, and budget price.. but after some visits to Sony Stores, she ended up getting the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (for a good price) since it was wildly available...
Sony is not making much effort in the US... that is the truth
13. Tizen007 (Posts: 500; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
If they release it in the US they have to spend millions of dollars for marketing. They can't just roll it out cause if they can't do better marketing than its competitors they will not only sell less devices but it will also have a negative impact on their brand image.
For this I go with Sony. Sony is already famous for their premium high technology. Sony's TV, game counsels, and home appliances are doing well. It's better to keep up with the smartphone tech competition while concentrating on those products that sell well
Just my opinion.
16. Fluxman (Posts: 46; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Try billions. Samsung's marketing budget last year was $14 billion, and I will bet you over half that was in US alone.
21. Tizen007 (Posts: 500; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
Exactly. Plus its competitor Galaxy S5 had a head start in gaining momentum in the US market. There is no way with Sony's current financial strength that it can make the Z2 sell better.
LG G3 is coming out
Only a few months till the iPhone 6 is announced
Galaxy Note 4 is also a highly anticipated phone with its "new form factor"
Sony's production problems just messed it up for the US release.
54. LGisgood (Posts: 432; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
SONY NOW A DAY IS NOT GOOD!
ITS A JAPAN MANUFACTURER BUT ITS PRODUCTS(SMARTPHONES) ARE ALL MADE IN CHINA!
AND EVERYTHING PARTS OF ITS HARDWARE ARE CHINA -MADE TOO...
LG MOBILE IS BETTER ITS MADE IN KOREA( HOME LAND)
55. LGisgood (Posts: 432; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
Sony Viao sold!
Sony Playstation will soon to sell
sony tv's poor sales...
sony mobile poor sales...
56. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
Are you okay? Are you reading the news regarding Sony's sales?
14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5571; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Maybe Sony thinks they are above negotiating wholesale pricing terms with U.S. carriers? That is as bad as (actually, I think it is worse than) a carrier exclusive. Now, no carrier is pitching Sony phones to their customers.
Sony marketing executives must have OD'd on stupid pills.
15. Fluxman (Posts: 46; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
US is a huge market, but extremely difficult to penetrate. You have to have a model the will work for each of the US carrriers, support those models, and bring the marketing dough to compete with Samsung and Apple.
Sony doesn't feel like they are in a good position to risk it right now, and are focusing their efforts on the markets where they already have influence and penetration (Europe and Asia). Also, in general, you only need one or two models of phones to cover that entire region.
HTC is a perfect example. They make solid phones, but every year they are in the red, bc they can not compete with the big guys.
I am actually impressed that Sony is at least making the phone available to sell in the US. It appeases the people who really want the Sony Z2 without having to make the huge risk to try and penetrate until they are ready.
22. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1807; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
I personally think Sony did a good thing by not releasing the Z2 in the US. The only smartphones on the mind of most US consumers are the iPhone and a Samsung Galaxy. Sony anyways wouldn't have sold much. And the US is pretty much saturated. They should concentrate on marketing the phone in countries where they are popular and sell the Z2 there. This would increase their brand recognition in emerging markets.
23. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1131; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
It's why I can't take Sony serious in the smartphone game. Such a great name and presence that you would figure that they could easily rival Samsung across the market. At a time Sony was much bigger than Apple in name alone.
If I was Sony I would make a flagship game phone with either attachable or slide out controls with spec's that rival Samsung and HTC flagships. Not that miserable attempt with xperia play a few years ago. To fight piracy just add extra hardware for game authentication and add a Sony game store along with Google play. Sony should be using the PlayStation brand to their advantage.
43. Taters (Posts: 2639; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
That sounds good but you need money and stuff to do things
29. Kylesforza (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)
Actually , Check Xperiablog. There's a new post on this. PhoneArena is just trolling
33. akki20892 (Posts: 3290; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Sony announced z2 in January ces, so they should have been release in February before s5 and HTC one m8 announced. So they can get dam good sell numbers, idk what happened, but they had perfect timed but didn't use time perfectly.
34. Ashoaib (Posts: 1250; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Even chinese are spreading their wings to enter US market... how come sony cant do that? Chinese doesnt have more financial strength than sony... I think there is some other problem with Sony... may be production problem... they are keeping my words so far "Sony is always good in fu*king something in their phones"
2. ocilfa (Posts: 331; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
That's a load of bull. I was looking forward to picking mine up on Verizon.
4. iqjumpuw (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
I'm pretty sure this is due to vendor problems...
10. maherk (Posts: 795; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Exactly, there is no other reason why it won't be available at least with t-mobile. I can't but laugh at Sony fans and how delusional they were thinking that a Sony fan will beat an HTC/Samsung flagship in sales.
26. Roeshak (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)
Please spare me the bull. Sony outsold htc last year without the us market. Htc are minnows, a company slowly going out of business. When was the last time they actually made a profit?
Please only htc fanatics and American techblogs think htc is anything. They have a bit of sales in America but elsewhere they're literally dead compared to other brands.
Back to the topic at hand, let's be honest many Americans have issues buying Japanese products. It goes back to wait and pearl harbour etc. You can see it from the disinterest many techblogs over there show to Sony products. They always pick on them downplaying their strengths and exaggerating their weaknesses. Against that sort of backdrop you can't blame Sony for being so tentative when it comes to the US. They have a greater presence in Canada after all!
Sony if they can dominate the European and Asian markets can very easily consolidate their place in market share producing healthy profits which is their stated objective. Well, if they keep putting out devices as fantastic as the z2, then that aim is very achievable.
Sorry for all the Sony lovers stateside but you guys are in the small minority. US techblogs treat Sony products with a lot of bias and that's probably put Sony off. Nobody wants to create a device as awesome as the z2 only to see it ridiculed by incredibly biased idiots. It'll be available unlocked though so guys start saving up for it. It's an awesome device. I've had it for over a week now and rust me, it's the best smartphone ever built. The camera is truly amazing!!!
28. refillable (Posts: 590; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
In Short: 'Sony is not serious about the US as they think that the US market isn't profitable'. In Asia, despise their lack of popularity in the US, they sell pretty well.
31. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
So yr saying all the tech sites worldwide that are praising HTC phones are bull, but then yr saying HTC fans are the fanatic ones ?! There are two important markets where HTC are outselling Sony, USA and UK and possibly the rest of Europe.
But numbers are NOTHING! As for me, nothing against Sony phones, but I'll take HTC over Sony. But that's my personal preference.
5. pyradark (Posts: 748; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)
Its looks like. They prepping up for the last flagship. This year for US like the Z1S
17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5571; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Sammy execs have quite a lot to be happy for. Thanksgiving for them came a bit early this year. Maybe even a second Holiday shopping season.
8. BattleBrat (Posts: 1045; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Great, then it'll only be 9+ months old. If Sony wants to make any headway in the American market they're going to have to get serious and actually release their devices on time. Unfreaking believable
19. Fluxman (Posts: 46; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
I don't think they particularly care about the US market right now.
9. zunaidahmed (Posts: 41; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)
Really hoped they would sell this phone in the states before July, I would have pre-ordered it right away, guess I would just get a S5 with a metal cover.......SONY SUCKS IN MARKETING AND SALES :
37. zunaidahmed (Posts: 41; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)
Could not resist myself anymore, ordered it from eBay right now, hope it gets here sometime in mid-may.
38. Amir1 (Posts: 252; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
why not? sim free is sim free. got your bands covered. you are good to go.
11. TheNeighbor (Posts: 87; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Maybe quality issues like those bezel gaps and 4k video recording overheating.
12. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)
Feel like Sony won't be here in a decade. The only part of their business that is doing good is their console business and it's in decline. I love sony products so this makes me sad. Really wanted to get this on Verizon but made my decision to wait for 64 bit chips even easier.
18. Federated (Posts: 169; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)
Perfect! I always buy smartphones on full retail price anyway. My Z1s is still up there with the top dogs.
20. Federated (Posts: 169; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)
I have a feeling the United States version of the Z2 will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC. Z3 will have SD 810 and will be released next year 1st quarter here in the States.
53. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Why would you think that? Both the Z & Z1s were released in the U.S. many months after their original debut & their internals remained unchanged. History says you're wrong.
24. Amir1 (Posts: 252; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
so sony is going to market strong only from Z3 or Z4 i guess. it's only a matter of time until they start to market strong in usa.
25. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2384; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Sony should buy OnePlus or some other company that seems more focused and dedicated.
27. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 910; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
wtf sony you said z2 will release april,now we havent hear anything till now,...and now s5 and m8 is in the spot light..poor z2.
30. Kylesforza (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)
Good job at trolling. Look at Xperia blog people, its coming in Summer.
45. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2384; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
The Z2 makes it to the US when the Z3 is announced for the rest of the world? This makes it a lot harder to sell for Sony.
Perhaps when the Z2 finally makes it to the us, they should price it at $400 unlocked. They would sell far more phones that way.
57. jb4674 (Posts: 139; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
If the truth hurts, quit complaining. I was waiting for the Z1 LTE to come out once it was released and it has just come out maybe 3 weeks ago (months after the Z2 was announced, so I decided to wait for it). Now Sony says that the Z2 will be released "in the summer" what month is that in?
Sony shot themselves in the foot by not sticking to their word. A company that has more than enough cashflow to fix any supplier issues, claims that it has no control over it? Please....
If I was Kaz Hirai, I would fire the retards who thought it was a good idea to release the phone elsewhere but the US.
I'm not an Apple or fanboy but, you don't see them delay the release of the iPhone for months....
32. RandomUsername (Posts: 396; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
Good thing I don't live in the US ;)
35. The13thKing (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
lmao.. people don't care about sony here. was with some friends last time. they were all like " yaayy 'Retrica' is now avaible on samsungs" I said : "android? play store?" .. they said : "yes it's now for samsungs too". people don't care about sony or htc and others.. they think android is for samsung and other brands don't exist.. all they know about are "Galaxys and iPhones" Nokia and blackberry are a synonym for jokes.. and some don't even know sony devices even exist I swear.. they just don't care.. their galaxys get what they want done and it's a famous device loved by everyone plus feared and respected by apple owners, why buy a phone that would raise eyebrows
36. JunitoNH (Posts: 860; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Unfortunately, the market is driven by the non-tech savvy; main reason Nexus devices don't sell well. Sony in the US is synonymous with TV, radios, and of course the play station.
52. Kylesforza (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)
Because its better to stand out than be a sheeep?
44. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6185; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
That's a blow on sony part. How are they going to compete against samsung which have higher rate in the U.S.? Think they should focus on the u.s. Marke guess sony don't care bout sales here in the u.s. Which kinda sucks.
46. jb4674 (Posts: 139; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
This is utterly ridiculous. Why advertise something at CES along with a release date, and then you can't deliver?
Sony has plenty of money to outsell Apple, Samsung, etc. and I just don't understand why they can't take the gamble. The Z2 has a great featureset and it can give most phones a run for their money without breaking a sweat.
Shame on you Sony.
59. almostdone (Posts: 109; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
The US may have 300+ million people but the world has 7+ billion people. Sony does not have to penetrate US markets if they do not think it's viable or profitable.
48. techloverNYC (Posts: 382; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
This is why Sony will never reach Apple, Samsung or even Nokia's market status world wide. They have nice devices and enough money but they go cheap on the marketing and every time they release a nice device worldwide they have a shortage of supply. Something fishy is going on in Sony.
49. Adrian38 (Posts: 109; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)
How unfortunate. I think Sony had a real chance at doing something great with this phone. But as always, 1 step forward, 5 giant steps back.
60. zunaidahmed (Posts: 41; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)
Hey guys, just wondering what type of glass panel the z2 uses, I can't find the exact answer on google. IF it is gorilla glass, i won't bother for a screen protector, if it is something else, I may have to speed some money on a good glass screen protector. Any idea on what it really is, some say it is GG3, some say it is dragontrail, some say it is just tempered scatch resistance glass. PLS help me out, thanks a lot