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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.

Reader comments

Sony Xperia Z pre-orders begin in the UK, free headphones offered


I would immediately have regrets of my Nexus4 purchase if this came to TMobile. I've never had 'regrets' as most phones are equally fantastic but this device is just astonishing and the only one recently that's made me look past the non-Nexus factor and actually want one.