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Sony Xperia Z2 Verizon US exclusivity prospect

Under: Mobile Phones, Sony
By:Debbie Turner | March 26th, 2014

The flagship Sony Xperia Z2 smartphone was recently unveiled and is set to release over the next few weeks. This is a high-end device that is likely to attract plenty of customers, and a variant for Verizon now appears to have received Wi-Fi certification. While this is good news for Verizon customers, a report also says that Verizon will have exclusivity in the US, news that could frustrate many potential buyers.

A report from Japan tells us that the Sony Xperia Z2 D6508 (thought to be a variant for Verizon) has received the necessary Wi-Fi certification and that the handset has LTE/CDMA2000/WCDMA/GSM connectivity support. Further to this, Phone Arena states that it will be exclusive for Verizon. This does surprise us a little, although of course this could turn out to be accurate.

We’ll be following developments on this and will pass on more concrete news as we hear it. It was recently reported that the release of the Xperia Z2 might be delayed because of low production numbers, but at the moment it’s a case of wait and see. What are your thoughts on possible Verizon exclusivity of the Sony Xperia Z2?

Source: Blog of Mobile (translated)
Via: Phone Arena

Sony Xperia Z2 Verizon US exclusivity prospect

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  • Steven DuBois

    I am waiting on the phone to come out. I have t mobile and I do hope this phone comes out for t Mobil as well. I will not switch carriers.

    • Edward Bishop

      I agree

    • Danny

      Steven if it doesn’t, not all is lost. Get the Z1S. Minus a few features it is very close to the Z2. Hopefully though T-Mobile sold enough of the Z1s models to be considered to carey the new one.
      Also, I think you can get the Z1s with $0 down and like $20 a month.

  • ChrisM

    why oh why can’t it come to AT&T? Because it would compete with Samsung and HTC? Now if I want it, I will have to fork over alot of dough for an unlocked version.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joekeilso Joe Keilso

      Face it Chris, AT&T HATES HATES HATES Sony. I heard AT&T had a contract with Sony a while back, but that ended ages ago. You’re better off cutting contract with this crappy company and sign up for Verizion. You’ll never see a Sony phone land on AT&T’s waters anytime soon. We’re stuck with the s***** iPhones and Samsungs. Sorry man.

    • Balix Martin

      Even if it did, ATT Forces any platform now to include its Browser Bar, Many other ADD ONS that bog down the phones, and ANTIVIRUS Software starting Next Year…. good luck with them…

  • Barb

    Please hold for a Verizon Wireless sales representative, we appreciate your patience. Your current estimated wait time is 0 min 23 secs.Please hold for a Verizon Wireless sales representative, we appreciate your patience. Your current estimated wait time is 0 min 23 secs.I can’t wait to tell you how you can get MORE! Ask me about our new MORE Everything Plans now! Your RealTime session ID is RT6414739347.You are now chatting with ‘Maddison’Maddison: Hello, welcome to Verizon Wireless sales chat! My name is Maddison, may I have your name, please?You: Hello, I just have a few questionsMaddison: I’d be happy to assist you.You: BarbYou: We wanted to switch our current plan, and maybe do the edge program, but only if you will be getting the sony z2. Can u confirm for me by chanceMaddison: How may I assist you Barb?Maddison: I do not have any information on that, I do apologize.You: Verizon has received the necessary Wi-Fi certification and that the handset has LTE/CDMA2000/WCDMA this is what I read as of 3/26/14Maddison: I do understand.You: So your saying you wont recieve the sony z2?Maddison: I am saying, I do not have any information on if Verizon will get that phone or not.You: Then who can I contact that would know?Maddison: 1-800-922-0204 is the number .You: With verizonMaddison: Press 0 to get a agent.You: This number is what department?Maddison: Customer care department.You: And they would know? How is that and you do not Maddison: This is sales in a sales department to assist with orders.
    So this being said the I called also and noone csn confirm verizon will recieve this device, all they are saying in sales is probably not because of issues with sony devices I past.
    Seems intresting no one knows anything…….lol

    • Cha chee

      Yo. I work at Verizon. I want this phone too. All I can say is the people that customers talk to find out at the same time as the customers when it comes to releases. It sucks but I think they do it because there are so many of us and news of this going one way or the other could directly effect a bunch of things. So they tend to not say one way or the other until there is something factual to say. Cross your fingers! I know I am!

      • Barb

        I just think the ones that post such things honestly shouldn’t say anything and get a lot of peoples hopes up. I just wanted to add what was said is all. We been with verizon since 07, & if in fact it doesn’t come to verizon then all I can say this phone is worth us switching carriers. Sorry, no disrespect to u bc ur a employee….hopefully it comes to all carriers so everyone can be happy. It would be a smart move to go to all carriers and can assure sales will sky rocket if open to all carriers…..just saying….:)

        • Danny

          I’ve share your thoughts. Would be nice if all this top secret stuff over a phone could ease up a little.
          I’m a T-Mobile customer and as luck had it started with them right as the Z1s was released. I can safely say without any hesitation that it is by far the best phone I have had. I love everything about it.
          Having said all that, I’m also very anxious to see if T-Mobile will get it, but in all honesty with an exclusive deal on the Z1s I’m not really holding my breath for T-Mobile. I hope I am wrong. From a consumer point of view, I’m not really sure about Sony’s logic on making exclusive deals – seems to me it would limit sales quite a bit especially since T-Mobile, with it’s superior service, is number 4 in terms of customer base.
          Guess they know something I don’t. All is not lost though! I’m also going to get the Z2 Tablet and while it doesn’t have 4k video, it will still be like having a giant Z2 phone.

  • Barb

    Sorry about last post….copied and pasted chat session with vz

  • Steven Kelley

    I have Verizon and I’ve been waiting to see if I can get this. I hope it’s true that it comes to Verizon, but I really don’t like these exclusivity practices.

  • Joel

    Thank god! My iPhone is smashed and doesn’t work anymore! Had my eye on this one for awhile.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joekeilso Joe Keilso

      And it’ll be a LONG while until this phone comes to USA. You’ll be stuck with that smashed iPhone for awhile longer.

  • hopefull

    This phone looks to be at the top of the food chain! If it comes to Verizon, I will be first in line, fingers crossed!

  • Wil

    I hate this why not TMobile

    • Edward Bishop

      I know right, I so want to cry.

    • Moe Zambeek

      It’s Verizon’s turn fool! so wait until the z3.. Lol jk

  • robert flores

    Bye, bye sprint here I come Verizon can’t wait for that phone awesome

    • http://www.facebook.com/joekeilso Joe Keilso

      Glad you’re leaving Sprint. They’re a terrible company.

  • jaydub110

    Since this phone is obviously so popular how could Sony make it exclusive to one carrier. I think they will make it available for all 4 carriers.

  • Donnie

    I guess what the report says is that Sony Xperia Z2 D6508 is exclusive for Verizon, as it is CDMA. Maybe there will be WCDMA/HSPA variant for other carrier.

  • Sebastian

    I do have Verizon and I’m really hoping it does come out in April as my contract ends on 4/12. If this device comes out for other carrier and not Verizon its definitely worth changing carriers. This better be true.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joekeilso Joe Keilso

      Sadly it won’t. The phone just shipped from Singapore, but it got delayed in UK, meaning UK won’t receive their phones until May. Then Sony will focus on other parts of Asia, then Australia, and finally, Canada. They won’t bother releasing the phone in US until ALL the other countries are taken care of first. My contract ended 3 days ago, and as you can see, Z2 is not here yet.

      If you still want this phone, then you’re in for a very long wait. You can always shell out $800-$1000+ for the unlocked model, though. Good luck!

  • Ohh

    well I know I’m purchasing it but now I have to figure out what color I want….

  • LP

    This would be a big seller. Sony brand success carried over from PS4.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joekeilso Joe Keilso

      It would be a success if the Z2 wasn’t delayed to begin with. There’s no way Sony can compete with Samsung, Apple and HTC at this rate. Since the Z2 isn’t coming to USA any time soon, Sony already lost. Samsung and HTC already have their phones on sale in the USA, and Apple’s new iPhone 6 is rumored to come out this September. Do you really think the Z2 will arrive in time for iPhone 6′s launch this Fall? I very much doubt it. With the lack of release announcements for the United States, Sony is already failing.

      I’m guesing that by September, the Z2 will probably be out in Canada, Australia, India, Malaysia, Alaska, Antarctica, South Africa, or Korea. The USA will most likely get this phone by January or April 2015. Just in time for the announcement of the Z3 and the Z3 Compact. Hah. Sorry, Sony may have succeeded in the video game department, but in the cellphone industry, they LOST. Big time.

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