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The Xperia Z1S was only announced last week at CES, but it's showing up for purchase right on time. As promised, the Xperia Z1S is on sale through T-Mobile's website for $528 full price or 24 equal payments of $22.

2014-01-13 03_42_51-Sony Xperia® Z1S _ T-Mobile

This device has the same guts as the Xperia Z1, but it rocks T-Mobile's LTE bands. There's a 5-inch 1080p screen, 2GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 800, Android 4.3, and a bonkers 20.3MP rear camera. The design is still water and dust-resistant too. Sony will also offer you a $100 Visa gift card if you pick up a PS4 to go with your Xperia Z1S. Isn't that nice?

If you're looking to take advantage of T-Mobile's ETF program, you might have to wait for the Z1S to appear in stores. You can only set up the ETF reimbursement in a T-Mobile store, so it may be tricky with an online-only device.

[T-Mobile]

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  • RH

    Anyone know if this works on at&t's LTE network?

    • Phillip Burns

      Possibly, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LTE_networks
      Tmo uses 1700 band 4 , it says AT&T has 700 band 17 & 29 & 1700 band 4 as well. I bet there would be a way to make it work, just depends on what the LTE radio supports.

    • silver_arrow

      Yup includes support for AT&T LTE

    • ProductFRED

      100% yes. All T-Mobile LTE devices work on AT&T HSPA+ and LTE. As a matter of fact, given the choice, always buy T-Mobile variants. Why?

      1. T-Mobile doesn't ask manufacturers to lock their bootloaders (S4, Note 3, Moto X, etc), unlike AT&T and Verizon.

      2. Unlike AT&T, T-Mobile doesn't ask manufacturers like Samsung to cripple their devices by disabling their competitors' GSM frequencies; identical phones on AT&T are missing AWS for 4G, meaning in many areas they'll get EDGE on T-Mobile. T-Mobile devices include all of the same frequencies that AT&T devices do, PLUS AWS for HSPA+ (4G).

      3. Wifi Calling built in, in case you decide to switch to T-Mobile (only works with T-Mobile and MetroPCS). What is it? Calls, texts, MMS (and of course data) will all go over Wifi. And best of all it saves battery by turning off the phone's own modem, so you don't get the battery drain of low signal. What's cool is you can use it overseas to call and text, and you won't get charged because it counts as domestic use.

      • T-Mo anon

        except the xperia z on tmobile, model c6606, has a locked bootloader. i own this device. i will be getting the z1s regardless, but i hope it doesnt have a locked bootloader as well.

      • lagurl323

        hi i have the older xperia z that tmobile released months ago do u know if that phone has att lte bands?

        • ProductFRED

          Yes, it'll work on AT&T HSPA+ (4G) and LTE.

      • Duc Ly

        I just read that the bootloader in the Z1S from T-Mobile is locked. T-Mobile also says it's carrier locked and requires 45 days of service with them before they will unlock it. Any easy way to remove the carrier lock?

  • silver_arrow

    Just a heads up but the original Z1 includes support for T-Mobile LTE so you might want to edit that bit.

    • http://karmamule.wordpress.com Eddie Yasi

      I think the international one does, but the one Sony officially offered through their store for US sales supposedly had fewer bands and would not have full LTE coverage for T-Mobile. I'm not band-savvy enough to check that for myself, but that's what I'd read others say.

    • ProductFRED

      True, but this one has 32GB of internal storage (which means more app storage space without the need of root), a centered headphone jack (subjective), and better reception (T-Mobile asked for plastic instead of metal around the edges because signal penetrates worse through metal). Plus Wifi Calling is built in; you would need to flash a T-Mobile ROM onto the Z1 to get that anyways.

    • Daniel

      True but this one supports T-Mobiles 20x20 LTE

  • Himmat Singh

    Is that $528 with no data plan?

    • ProductFRED

      $528 outright, with no monthly payments for the phone.

  • John Smith

    Does it have a microSD slot for my 64GB class10 ramrod ?

  • tejas naik

    i m staying in india and my uncle will bring it frm USA so will it work in indian sim????plz reply mee

  • mustafa el shami

    Is that only 528$ without any additional cost as I'm from Egypt ?
    And does it take long time to receive it in Egypt. ?