Sony Xperia XZ Premium coming to AT&T?

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Without a doubt, one of the biggest issues Sony faces in the US is a lack of carrier support which why their sales are nonexistent here. In recent years, that’s only gotten worse with Sony phones being mostly found on Amazon or Best Buy (just the online store) in unlocked variants, something US consumers aren’t accustomed to. According to a tipster, this could change and Sony Mobile could be partnering up with their old carrier, AT&T. Details are scarce at best and as always, take news like this with a grain salt. After all, Sony built a a custom model, the Xperia Z4v, for Verizon, which was canceled mere weeks before its release.

 Verizon will no longer be launching Xperia Z4v, however we are committed to supporting Sony Mobile’s product portfolio and will support existing products. Sony is a strategic partner as we continue having ongoing discussions together as part of our future portfolio. 

No future commitment came from Verizon for any Sony phones. But even the possibility of carrier support for Xperia phones in the US is a good one for Sony Mobile. The less barriers consumers face, the more likely they are to make a purchase and having a phone that’s ready to use on day one will go a long way towards removing purchase anxiety. If true, there still remains a lot of other unknowns – like will the Xperia XZ Premium be neglected online only or will it have some form of store presence? That in itself will make a huge difference towards consumer response, seeing how they aren’t familiar with Xperia phones here in the US.

With the XZ Premium slated to go on sale in June, we likely won’t have to wait long to find out. Thanks to our tipster for sending this in.

  • TYR

    Does anyone know if the UK version will work in the US and on what carriers? The LTE bands match but I don’t know if texting/calling will work on networks here.

  • -DM-

    Yes it will work as long as you’re on at&t or t-mobile as they’re GSM networks which use a sim card (won’t work on verizon or sprint, as they use CDMA networks, so no sim) and you’ll have fingerprint management available as well as Sony can’t for some obscure legal reasons have the feature turned on at the moment (the hardware as always been present on US models but the software is removed)…
    Plus there won’t all the crapware that carries like to bloat phones with and the bootloader will be unlockable if you want to root…

  • James Janner

    I was also looking at the UK version. But issue there is no USA Sony warranty service (I confirmed with Sony repair center chat) for non-North America versions. I’m waiting to see if AT&T announces this phone on or about June 2nd.

  • Charles Martin Hinkle

    Yes, you’d have to send it back to the UK for service, it would only be under warranty there. I already preordered mine from UK and live in US. Hopefully, I won’t be needing service on it.

  • James Janner

    BH Photo, in the USA, now says at their product listing that they will have North American version (G8142) “available for purchase” on June 18th.

  • Paul

    Not to mention much better firmware support directly from Sony with the unlocked versions.

  • Charles Martin Hinkle

    No fingerprint sensor on US version because of some patent issue with HP. If you want the sensor you’ll either have to flash the US to international firmware or import one unfortunately.

  • James Janner

    The fingerprint sensor issue may yet have me order the UK version of this phone. But how does region locking work for apps? For example, I want to install Cortana, but a UK English version is not yet available. Am I “locked” in Google Play based on my Goggle account geographic location (USA) or based on my phone’s firmware (UK)? (I’m coming from Windows Phone world, due to lack of new hardware in that ecosystem)