Sony has made some great phones lately but hasn’t had much success getting the carriers to actually sell them. For the last couple of years, you would be hard pressed to find an Xperia phone from any U.S. carrier other than T-Mobile.
It comes as little surprise, then, that the magenta carrier has announced its plans to sell this fall's hot new Xperia Z3. It joins Verizon, which is offering its own variant. With both the nation's largest carrier and it's fastest growing carrier in Sony's pocket, the PS4 Remote Play-packing phone may get into more hands.
The Z3 has a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM, with a 5.2-inch full HD display and 20.7-megapixel camera with Sony’s Exmor RS mobile sensor.
T-Mo has a pre-order page where you can get the phone for $0 down and $26.25 monthly for 24 months.
Sony’s been busy trying to woo buyers. It has also launched online purchases for its Xperia Z3 Compact, a more budget-friendly device with a 4.6-inch screen. Sony also thinks it may win converts from Windows Phone, as it published an app to help transfer contacts and other content over to an Xperia device.
The story behind the story: We’ve found Sony’s Xperia series of phones to be excellent, with good build quality and solid specs. Unfortunately, you’ve really only had the choice of paying full price online for an unlocked version or going with T-Mobile.
It’s hard to sell a lot of phones that way as most buyers opt for subsidies or a monthly installment plan through their carrier. And while T-Mobile is hot right now, it’s still only the fourth-largest carrier behind Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T.
With Verizon selling both the Xperia Z3 and a forthcoming smartwatch, the company may finally be able to be part of the conversation when buyers are looking for the next great Android phone.