Sony Xperia Z3 returns to T-Mobile priced more affordably

Earlier this month, we told you how a tweet from T-Mobile had informed us that the carrier was dropping the Sony Xperia Z3 from its line up. At the time, the reason for the move was not made public. The first thing that comes to mind is disappointing sales. Whatever the reason for T-Mobile's decision to pull the Sony Xperia Z3, the mobile operator must have given it a second thought because this morning Sony's current flagship handset returned to T-Mobile's online store.

Not only has the Sony Xperia Z3 risen from the EOL graveyard, it also has been graced with a price cut of 21% The off-contract price of the phone has been slashed from $630 USD to $499.92 USD. If you qualify for an EIP, you can arrange to pay $20.83 a month over 24 months. Sony recently introduced the Sony Xperia Z4, although the variant introduced is a model for consumers in Japan only with different versions of the Xperia Z4 expected to be sold in other regions.

The Sony Xperia Z3 is a T-Mobile exclusive in the U.S. and comes with a 5.2-inch screen carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution. That works out to a pixel density of 424ppi. A quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU drives the handset with the Adreno 330 GPU handling graphics. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 16GB of native storage. Of that amount, 11.8GB is available to the user. A 20.7MP snapper is on back with a 2.2MP camera on the front, ready to handle your selfie and video chat needs. Power needs are met by the 3100mAh battery found inside the unit.

With T-Mobile playing peek-a-boo with the Xperia Z3 and ultimately cutting the price of the phone, it seems like it won't be too long before the device is permanently retired to that old age home for smartphones. If this is the handset that you've been dreaming about, you might not want to wait terribly long to pull the trigger on your purchase just in case it's too late. We get the distinct impression that the next time the Sony Xperia Z3 disappears from T-Mobile's lineup, it won't be coming back.

source: T-Mobile via AndroidAuthority

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Xperia Z3
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh(14h talk time)



1. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Sad, its a good phone, but Sony presence in the states in too thin...

2. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

Price seems more reasonable now. Why would anyone pay $630 for branded, locked tmobile version in the first place? Sony and other retailers have been selling the unlocked model for a while (for around $570 or even less after discounts). Tmobile version would receive updates months after unlocked models as well!

15. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

32gb of storage.

3. sun0066

Posts: 275; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

Phone arena should be better informed ,t mobile version has 32 gb on board memory .

10. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

100% correct and that makes the article looks dumb

23. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

You know PA all the negative stuff from Sony they'll write it even have a poll with it. They want to see Sony die. Samsung and especially apple always positive articles.

4. Oğuzhan_77

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Nexus 6 sucesor specs?

5. josephnero

Posts: 782; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Sony should advertise it more

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Sony definitely should make better phones. The camera is pretty bad and the UI is a slow sluggish mess that makes TouchWiz look like butter at times. There's really no reason why the Z3 shouldn't be better than the others given the potential it had.

7. josephnero

Posts: 782; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Ignore the sad troll

9. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

LOL - I gave him the +1 he's desperately trolling for. After all, it's Friday!

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Tell me I'm wrong. The UI needs an update. At least Samsung finally updated TouchWiz while Sony is still using the same UI for the last 3 generations. The very untimely updates don't help either. Like I said before, the Z3 had potential to be a great phone.

21. TheLegendaryGhost

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

it seems that you haven't tried new sony lollipop version yet!/// i m running it on Z2 and it's buttery smooth......pretty much like vanilla android... and not bashing on sammy but they did cut down on blot and new UI got little light... but my brother just got his Edge and after few days ... it's been slowing down where he staretd noticing... and he is not even tech savvy at all...i have been using lollipop on z2 for almost 2 months now .... and its still runs like it did the first time i installed...P.S. i have more apps and use then he does ... not to mention i can still rock full day usage and still have some juice left in it.. where edge failes full days sometime... he mainly uses for calls and light email....and i m not bashing or picking side .. i have use em all and G3, M8 S5, s6, edge and Nexus 5 n 6 been keep going back to Z2... z3 is good but why bother upgrading (ATT) when z2 works fine... and nexus 5 was good ... but right after they stopped i broke the screen....

24. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Well @TheLegendaryGhost he's a complete troll to all Sony article bashing Sony whenever he got a chance that's @Mxyzptlk for you. I admit camera needs improvement but ui of Sony is one of the best close to stock android.

8. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

beast phone

11. iqjumpuw

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

People keep saying Z3 is a great phone and I always wonder if they've actually owned one. Z3 is my current phone and I absolutely regret purchasing it. There's a reason why these phones don't sell well. I guarantee you Z3's won't sell well even after the discount. The phone looks gorgeous. The only problem is that it scratches so easily. It doesn't use reinforced glass like Samsung so I have no choice but to put a gigantic case that completely covers the phone. Even a slim clear case makes the phone look too big. You think Samsung and HTC are bad with bloatware? Holy moly you should see how many useless apps come preloaded with Z3. They are not removable either. My brand new phone's screen will just stop working out of nowhere. Rebooting or factory reset doesn't fix it but it will start working again in a day. No clue why. Sometimes the physical buttons on the side will stop working so you can't turn on the phone unless someone calls. The physical buttons stopped working when I didn't have the knock on feature turned on so I just had to wait like 6 hours until it mysteriously start working again. The camera on this phone is a joke. 27MP and it takes worse pics than my wife's LG G2... I honestly have no idea why so many people praise this phone. Their sales suck. No one buys it. You'd think it would be the other way around with how many positive reviews this phone receives. I always wonder if those reviewers spent enough time with this phone. I really hope Sony does well. More competition is always better for us but Z3 for me was a huge disappointment.

13. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

I agree with you. I had z1 for about 2 or 3 weeks. It was good looking phone but something was telling me it wont last long. He fozed few times, nothing serious bu i didnt want to take chances. I returned it and took Galaxy Alpha. I was thinking to buy z3 now with lower price but seeing your comment remind me why I left sony. Tnx.

14. murali_v_2000

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

The front and back glass of Z3 is covered by a thin plastic layer (more like a screen protector but installed in the factory) below which lies a scratch-proof glass. The one that is scratched is likely just that screen protector & not the glass. Note that if you remove that protector (which is not easy) you would lose the SONY logo !

16. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

sony stopped using those plastic layers since the Z1/Z2, there's only glasses on the 2 sides of the phone (gorilla on the back and dragon trail on the front)

18. AndreaWijayanti

Posts: 69; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Agree with you i own Z3C and your story exactly same with my Z3C especially on the parts of the camera

25. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Really you own z3c? Come on a lot of username here just to troll and yet your using iphone 5c on your profile. At least troll better than that.

12. Somark

Posts: 18; Member since: May 12, 2014

I have the Z1S. I bought it after trying the Galaxy S5 and found it cheap-feeling and the camera having a pretty poor dynamic range. Life with the Z1s has not been easy, although better than life with three different Galaxies before, which is not saying much. Sony has not updated the firmware in ages. The camera is slightly better than the S5, but comparing it to my iPhone 6+, there is just no contest, the iPhone takes much better photos. The phone locks about once a week. Twice I've had to do hard reset. This is my second handset, because the first one just died without any reason. Otherwise, it's a well designed and good looking phone. I don't think I'll get another Sony phone though.

19. jmonteiro829

Posts: 264; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

LOL... exact opposite here. The phone has been solid for me. Takes way better pics than my friends are able to get with the iPhone 6 and 6+. First off never take pics in full auto mode. Any Z owner knows this. I have never had my Z1S reboot or lock up on me and I have had it for over a year. One point I will agree on is the camera software sometimes drives me nuts but I am able to take stellar pics with it.

20. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

The reason why it's cheaper right now is because it's on a special promotion, it'll likely go back to $630 in a week or two. T-mobile occasionally has these sales for flagships, but they usually only last a week.

22. gosselin

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Good news

26. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

27. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

Who knows what those people are doing to the phone or how tight their jeans are. I have dropped my Z3 from waist height several times, one time it even fell face down and it has not cracked. Since its glass casing it makes the phone easier to slip, so I was forced to buy a case, I got those ultra thin cases so the phone won't look too bulky and I use invisible shield on its front screen to protrect from scratches from my keys or other things I might put in my pocket.

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