Last week Sony teased smartphone fans across the US with the publication of an image seeming to reveal its flagship Xperia Z2 with Verizon branding. Was the Android really going to see carrier support in the States? The official word came down that the posting was a mistake, but it sure did manage to pique our interest. Even if Verizon never does warm to Sony’s offerings, smartphone users in the US will still get a chance to pick up the Xperia Z2 from Sony directly in a couple months – look for those unlocked sales to kick-off this summer. But if even that sounds too far away, retailers are already stepping-up to fill the Z2 gap, and this week we learn about one doing just that, with GSM Nation starting sales of the Z2 in the US.
The retailer has the unlocked, 16GB Xperia Z2 available in all three launch colors for just about $800. Even though this model isn’t designed specifically for US operation, the right band support is present for use on either AT&T or T-Mobile, including LTE.
We’ve spotted other retailers offering the Z2 to US shoppers, but they’re either still in the pre-order phase (like at Negri) or more expensive than GSM Nation is offering here (as we see with Amazon sellers). For what it’s worth, the Z2 is going for nearly 600 GBP in the UK, which works out to well over 1000 USD – presumably, Sony will deliver the Z2 to the US for considerably less than that, but it still makes this $800 price tag a lot easier to swallow in comparison.
Check out GSM Nation’s full press release below:
GSM Nation Offers the Xperia Z2
GSM Nation is First to Market With The Unlocked Z2, Now Available at $799
Washington, D.C. (May 5, 2014) GSM Nation today began offering the unlocked Sony Xperia Z2, model number D6503, for $799. Sony enthusiasts can now purchase the Z2 in either black or white from www.gsmnation.com. With a powerful LCD screen, excellent 20.7 megapixel camera, and a long-lasting battery, the Z2 is guaranteed to delight consumers.
“The device is fully compatible with all US GSM carriers on both LTE and 4G networks, which makes it an extremely versatile device,” says Director of Marketing, Laura Harrison. “Since no American carrier will be offering the Z2, we are excited to be able to make it available to our US customers just a few days after it became available overseas.”
Debuted at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Xperia Z2 is waterproof, and it can survive up to thirty minutes in water. With the world’s first 4K video recording capability, the phone is designed for users who want to capture the moment in vivid detail. Videographers can also shoot in slo-mo and add AR effects for Hollywood-style fun. A bonus for gamers is the PlayStation Mobile support, which makes the Z2 compatible with the PlayStation #’s DualShock 3 controller.
The Z2 has been released in the UK and Singapore, but it remains on preorder on the Sony Mobile website, with no clear release date. Customers who wish to purchase the phone immediately should go to www.gsmnation.com
Source: GSM Nation