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5-inch Sony phone available to pre-order at Three, O2, Phones4U and CPW with free £300 cans; launch slated for Feb. 28

Today sees the start of Sony's launch promotions for the Xperia Z in the UK. The 5-inch handset is can be pre-ordered through mobile networks O2 and Three, as well as retailers Phones4U and Carphone Warehouse. All four could earn you the chance to walk away with a set of £300 Sony MDR-1R Prestige headphones, though the promotion is limited to the first 1000 pre-orders at each retailer or carrier. The pre-order promo runs from now until Feb 28, when the Xperia Z goes on sale in the UK.

Here's a quick breakdown of what each Xperia Z launch partner is offering --

Three --

  • Black and white colors
  • Prices start at £34 per month on a 24-month contract, with a £69 up-front fee
  • That gets you 500 minutes, 5000 texts and unlimited data
  • Also selling on Pay As You Go (PAYG) for £449.99

O2 --

  • Black and purple colors
  • Wide range of tariffs; cheapest plan with a free phone is £47 per month on a 24-month contract
  • That gets you 1200 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB, as well as a 3-month early upgrade
  • O2 is not yet offering the Xperia Z on PAYG

Carphone Warehouse -- 

  • Black and white colors
  • Selling on four 24-month contracts with O2 and Vodafone between £33 and £38 per month
  • Best value plans are with Vodafone -- £38 p.m. for unlimited texts and minutes, plus 2GB, or £33 p.m. for 600 mins, unlimited texts and 500MB, plus a £29 up-front fee.
  • No details of PAYG or off-contract prices yet.

Phones4U --

  • Black and white colors
  • Selling on 24-month contracts on Vodafone -- £33 p.m. for 600 minutes, unlimited texts, 500MB with £29 up-front fee, or £37 p.m. for unlimited minutes and texts and 1GB.
  • No details of PAYG or off-contract prices yet.