T-Mobile cans the Sony Xperia Z3

T-Mobile cans the Sony Xperia Z3
It looks like Sony keeps having trouble selling its high-end Xperia Z smartphone series in the US. The Sony Xperia Z2 reached the United States a few good months after the smartphone's international release date, and now T-Mobile announced on Twitter that it has discontinued the Xperia Z3, the smartphone that Sony announced back in September 2014 at IFA Berlin.

The news comes as a T-Mobile rep recently responded to an inquiry on Twitter regarding the disappearance of the Sony Xperia Z3 from the carrier's website. The link posted by T-Mobile as a reply directs potential customers to a page where the only Sony smartphones available for purchase are refurbished Xperia Z and Z1S handsets. This latest development is an unfortunate for Sony's push in the US, as the only carrier offering a Sony flagship in the country is Verizon, with its customized Xperia Z3v version.

Last week, Sony announced a new and bold marketing campaign for the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact. Now that T-Mobile has discontinued the Xperia Z3, the only way to purchase the smartphone in the United States is to order an unlocked handset from retailers such as Amazon, where the Xperia Z3 is available at about $500. 

The Xperia Z4, recently leaked online carrying a 5.1-inch display with a resolution of 1440 by 2560 pixels (QHD) and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, seems to be an incremental update to the Xperia Z3. It remains to be seen if the Xperia Z4 can penetrate the US market, unlike Sony's previous two flagship smartphones.

source: T-Mobile



1. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Well. What did Sony expect with next to ZERO marketing in the USA?

18. Furbal unregistered

the tmobile one also had its LTE bands reduced, they were cut down drastically compared to the 66003

2. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Is it a hint that z4 is arriving soon?

3. josephnero

Posts: 782; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I hope so

4. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

It would be weird as they just released a marketing campaign. I think the z4 won't be here for at least a couple of months. maybe even 3th quarter

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

They've probably got a stockpile they need to get rid of.

6. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

sony should become a playstation company nothing more

13. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

They are about to become just that.

19. rsiders

Posts: 1971; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Well they do have some pretty awesome cameras too.

7. rsiders

Posts: 1971; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I just want my update.lol

8. epic_ninja420

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Hardly surprising, good thing I am eligible to jump so I can dump this garbage phone. I was really trying to wait for the lollipop update to see if they fixed the camera software but there is still no indication that is anywhere close to being released. I'll be picking up my GS6 on Friday.

9. rambo6

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

It's a shame that Sony has so much trouble with US carriers. I bought an international, unlocked version of the Z2 last July. I bought a Galaxy S5 and LG G3 at the same time. The Z2 has awesome performance, great battery life, a beautiful screen, an FM radio, and awesome build quality. I kept the Z2 over the other phones. The truly funny thing is that Samsung just copied it with their S6? Everyone is raving over the S6 when it's just a Sony copy without the SD card slot and the waterproofing. There are only two problems with the Sony Z2 and Z3. The placement of the power button is too low so one cannot use it in a car cradle and it does not have Qi wireless charging. If these deficiencies are fixed on the Z4 it should be an unbeatable phone. Hopefully, Sony is also waiting for the Qualcomm next generation hardware which doesn't overheat like the other devices using the Qualcomm 810 hardware.

11. Tajiseo

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Z2 screen is an uh oh

21. rambo6

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

The Z2 screen is excellent. It may not spec out as high as others but in fact it looks just as good as the G3s higher resolution screen. In fact, I liked the colors better.

14. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

it has alot of troubles with US Carriers because they dont really advertise there phones here . I was in mexico 3 weeks ago and over there i did see quite a few sony commercials on TV showing off a new phone,then in stores they had posters showing off the xperia Z3 ,u dont see that here in the US u dont see sony commercial on tv and stuff like that..

10. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

I was contemplating buying a Z3 a few months ago. It looked like a pretty decent smartphone. However, as a fairly slippery device with a posterior made of glass I knew it needed a case. Unfortunately I couldn't find one anywhere, not even on eBay. So I went with an iPhone.

15. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

really? 'not even on ebay" did you google sony xperia z3 case? http://www.androidheadlines.com/2015/02/featured-top-10-best-cases-sony-xperia-z3.html how about that? i mean, i'm sure you were contemplating it but it sounds like you really wanted the iphone instead so you can't really blame sony for that.

17. epic_ninja420

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Thats another reason I am getting rid of the phone, none of the major(read good) case makers offered anything worthwhile for it. The only quality accessory I have gotten is my glass screen protector.

20. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

what about Spigen? i agree with you about quality cases.. and a lot of them DO look shady but Spigen has quickly become my favorite casemaker and that's what has me considering the z3 over the z3c..

12. lamborghini

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

There is no way we will see sony in the USA in 2015, they just dont sell here. I have a z3v now and it sucks, call quality is horrible and camera is just average. I ordered a samsung galaxy s6 gold 32 gb.

16. DurTeeDee

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

the camera on my z3 WAS pretty good until the lens became too scratched. But at least I'll know i am part of an exclusive club of Z3 owners

22. Dcells

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 04, 2014

I think this might be because of the screen cracking problem that plagues the Sony Xperia Z line. I used to want a Sony but I started researching and I found a huge problem with this line of phones. Many, many people have been plagued with their phone screens cracking spontaneously and once the screen is cracked it is unusable. The lead theory is that the extreme heat generated by the phone cracks it and since their waterproof everything is all sealed in. Also those "premium materials of metal and glass" don't help either. This is a big shame on Sony. They have had 2 years and 4 phone models to solve this problem but they haven't done anything to solve it or recall their phones. They deny it and don't want to fix peoples' phones. This is all on google. For this Sony doesn't deserve to have a market here in the US. Maybe if they fixed this and reduced the prices of their over priced phones then they could and should have a good market presence here.

24. Jairudy

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

What a shock it was when I dropped my 4th smartphone, an LG G2 (Nexus 5 BTW) a week after receiving it. A super screen smash ocurred, but it stills powers on. I had all ready ordered three cases from Ebay, but not soon enough. Accidents happen with the BMW smartphones like Sony Z3. I have read about 5-6 reviews of Z3, 3 detailed reviews, and watched 5 videos and comparison videos. I have not seen the allegations you mention about overheating!!! I think people get mad when they have not gotten proper insurance. I missed the Screen Damage on my Square Trade policy.

23. Jairudy

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

What is pretty clear to me when you look at the Hype that has built up around the Galaxy S6, Samsung can pressure the carriers to keep it front and center and even drop competitors! The way many reviews Dump on Sony and LG is obvious and stupid proving the dishonesty of the Reviewer! I am fascinated by LG and Sony in the smartphone sales game. The reviews of the Z3 are pretty good, stylish, sensible and a statement is made. It looks like a great upgrade to the Z or Z1. Sony clearly has other markets where consumers want Japanese quality like in the EU.

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