Sony Xperia Z2 box

Following a somewhat staggered rollout across some UK mobile operators, independent retailer Phones 4u has today launched Sony's early 2014 flagship, the Xperia Z2. The 5.2-inch rectangular behemoth costs around £540-550 outright. It's also available on contracts from Vodafone and EE through Phones 4u, for £37.99 per month and £49 upfront (for this weekend only), and on EE, Orange, T-Mobile, O2 and Vodafone through the Carphone Warehouse, with prices for a free Z2 starting at £42 per month.

Phones 4u says the Xperia Z2 is available through its 720 brick-and-mortar stores across the UK as well as through its online presence. It's also offering 50 percent off the Sony Smartband when purchased with a Z2, along with up to £80 worth of Sony entertainment content. And you'll also get Michael Jackson's new album, XSCAPE, for free.

Meanwhile in the U.S., Sony has committed to releasing an unlocked version of the Z2 in the near future, though with the launch delayed until June in some countries, it could be a while before it arrives on American shores.

Update: Vodafone UK sends word that the Xperia Z2 is also available in its stores from today, priced £42 per month with an upfront cost of £79 — a 4G plan with 3GB of data.

Update 2: Carphone Warehouse has confirmed that the Xperia Z2 is available at a cost of £549.95 SIM-free. Additionally, Carphone Warehouse is offering customers who trade in their old phone when purchasing a Z2 £50 in addition to the trade in value of their current device.

Stay tuned in the next week for our full review of the Sony Xperia Z2.

Source: Vodafone, Phones 4u, Carphone Warehouse