Does the HTC One leave you cold, T-Mobile customer? Tired of all the plastic on Galaxies big and small? Then look at this filing in the Federal Communication Commission's ever-expanding database of certified wireless devices. It's the Xperia Z, Sony's current flagship model, with wireless bands for T-Mobile's standard HSPA+ network and its shiny new LTE spectrum as well. That makes the stylish smartphone as close to a done deal as we're likely to get until T-Mobile starts its press campaign.

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Still not convinced? An FCC filing doesn't mean a device will actually appear on American shores, but that's usually only true for international models (sometimes erroneously referred to as having "AT&T bands"). When a manufacturer submits a device for certification with specific radio support for one of the USA's non-standard networks, it's a pretty safe bet that it's set for release sometime in the next few months. TmoNews, which tends to be in the know when it comes to all things magenta, called this a few weeks ago.

And if you're still holding on to your skepticism like Scully in an alien autopsy, consider this little gem: the FCC filing also includes the complete user manual.

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Expect the Sony Xperia Z to pop up in T-Mobile's lineup sooner rather than later. When that happens, T-Mobile will be the first (and likely the only) US carrier to offer Sony's flagship in its lineup.

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Via Engadget - thanks to WinDroidGuy for the tip!

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • MrHaroHaro

    Sony really wants me to buy this phone. First it was the use of Sound & Vision in the ads. Now it's gonna be on my carrier, probably by the time I'm due for an upgrade.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DaATXMan Danny Davis

    I would hope this phone is pentaband so I could root and utilize ATT HSPA+. This is the phone I would really get non Nexus. The only other phone I cared to look out for is the Lenovo K900. One and S4 both are nice but overrated IMO.

    • basteagow

      It is pentaband.

      • http://www.facebook.com/DaATXMan Danny Davis

        Thanks for the info. I'm excited to check this out.

  • basteagow

    I have a red ZL and I love it. This is great news and I hope it helps get the word out about Sony making (good) smartphones. (Yes, many people I know weren't even aware that Sony was in this market at all.)

    • http://www.whatupgoingon.com Greg Macek

      How are you liking the ZL so far? I started considering this option over the Z as my next phone. Do you have the HSPA+ (6502) or LTE (6506) version? I'm on AT&T and haven't used their LTE network yet.

      • basteagow

        I have the C6506. AT&T's LTE is no faster than HSPA in my area, but it's nice to know that I'll be covered should I decide to move over to T-Mobile in the future.

        I switched to the ZL from a Nexus 4. While I do miss the stock Android experience every once in a while, I actually like many things about Sony's ROM, and the Xperia ZL is vastly superior to the Nexus 4 in construction and design. Now I have vibration that I can actually feel, a crisp loud speaker, no stupid glass on the back, USB On-The-Go, AVRCP 1.3, LTE, and an IR blaster.

        • http://www.whatupgoingon.com Greg Macek

          Thanks for the feedback! Where did you buy it? Sony charging $750+ for it on their site is ridiculous.

          • basteagow

            I agree; it almost looks like Sony doesn't want people to buy it. I got mine from CompSource.com for $568 shipped.

  • jonathan3579

    Obviously they're covering the T-Mobile logo with the black tape.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matts.lindmark.7 Matts Lindmark

    I donĀ“t see any reason to buy a carrier branded Z with a locked bootloader (carrier branded Sony devices are usually blocked from the bootloader unlocking service) when the C6602 is available with pentaband. It is a very nice device, a clean Android even if it is not a Nexus and putting carrier branding and bloat on is a bad idea that degrades the product.

    I have tried the ZL but I regard it as a plastic compared to the Z which feels like a premium device. The IP57 classification is also very nice to have.

    So do yourself a favor: get the unlocked C6602 instead of buying a carrier branded version with bloatware and locked bootloader. One of the strengths with the Z is the availability of rapid CM10.1 and Paranoid Android development and in order to use them, the bootloader has to be unlocked. The same applies to custom kernels.

    The ability to undervolt is great, Sony has very conservative voltage tables which make the device hotter than it can be. Using the DoomLord kernel makes it easy to lower the voltage and get a cooler device. So get the unlocked one.

    • QwietStorm

      Want to lend me a few hundred dollars?

      • http://www.facebook.com/matts.lindmark.7 Matts Lindmark

        Use a credit card instead but even better, do the simple math:

        Carrier branded device: $99 down payment (depends on the credit rating).
        Monthly bill: (Unlimited data) $70 per month
        Taxes and fees: $10-20 per month
        Monthly installment: $20 per month
        Total monthly cost: $100-110 (depending on the regulatory taxes and fees)

        Total cost for the device (provided that 24 months of installment is selected):

        $99 + $100-110/month x 24 = $2499-2740 (depending on the taxes).

        You can trim this by buying it outright and put T-Mobile prepaid on.

        Then we have the method I always use:

        Unlocked Xperia Z: $599
        Monthly cost: $30-49 per month (T-Mobile prepaid $30 plan, Straight Talk (T-Mobile) or Solavei (T-Mobile)
        Taxes and fees: $0
        Monthly installment: $0
        Total monthly cost: $30-49

        Total cost during 24 months: $1319-1775

        Savings: $965-1180

        Don't tell me that a carrier branded device is "cheaper" than the unbranded, unlocked version and please don't complain about device costs when you are ready to sign away $2499-2740 when the alternative saves you approximately $1000.

        I don't get people that complain about buying a device unlocked when they sign away a huge amount of money. The same people seem to understand that computers don't cost $99 and then $100 in Internet Service or that TV sets are $199 paired with minimum cable package of $75. They can buy a computer for $699 or a TV set for $699 without complaining. But when it comes to a smartphone, it is a lot of moan and gritting teeth when the price tag says $599 so they prefer to pay $2499 for it instead since they are forced to sign a contract.

        T-Mobile don't do contracts any more, I know that perfectly well but the fact remains: a T-Mobile branded device with 24 months of installments paired with service cost a lot more than the unlocked edition.

        To me, $2499 and more is way too expensive for a smartphone so I always opt for the cheap route and buy it unlocked. I got a superior device, no carrier bloatware at all, no carrier branding at all, updates straight from the manufacturer, unlockable bootloader (for the Xperia Z) and everything the way Sony intended.

        So buying a T-Mobile Xperia Z and truly believing that it is "cheaper" is a less optimum action. But it is obviously not my money, those that want to give $1000+ to a carrier are free to do so. We live in a free world.:)

        But they should not even try to claim that those extra $1000 somehow is a "cheaper" deal. It is like claiming that $10 is more than $20 ($20 is 5 + 1 x 15 in this case).

        I prefer to have $1000 in my wallet rather than giving them to a carrier and then "enjoying" branding, bloatware and locked bootloaders.

        As I wrote, I wonder how people can buy a new computer, a car, a TV etc without subsidies but when it comes to a phone, then it is disaster to pay $599 and a cheap monthly plan when you can pay $1000 more just in order to think that "I paid only $99 for the device, it is cheaper than $599!"

        • http://www.facebook.com/matts.lindmark.7 Matts Lindmark

          To me, $599 is a very good price for the Xperia Z. I don't complain at all. It is a perfectly normal price for a very good device. And, which is important: There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. You can't go to a store and buy it for $99 or $199. There is a contract attached, the carriers are FOR PROFIT companies, they need to get their investment back. So it is pure stupidity to claim that "X is just $199, it is cheaper than paying $599!" No, it isn't. Sorry to break the myth: you have to pay a lot in the other end so the total cost isn't going to be $199.

          • thepanttherlady

            I just bought the purple one on Ebay for $598. Can't wait! :)

  • QwietStorm

    Freaking WIN

  • porter86

    Xperia Z or HTC One.. They are so evenly matched, it's a really hard choice!


  • danny

    Is the tmobile version comes with both HSPA+ AND LTE all in one? Sony hasnt come out with one like that. I want one, tmobile or unlocked version.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paula-Langley/1055291520 Paula Langley

    I love the whole waterproof and dustproof aspect of this phone and was more or less set on another one until I heard it might be coming to TMO. However, I have read of multiple wifi issues especially with older Netgear routers which is exactly what I have. That makes me hesitant to purchase when it comes out because I have had no problems with various HTC products and the wifi issue which is a big deal because I am rural and in a cell dead zone so without reliable wifi connectivity I cannot use it at home.