Sony Xperia Z2 on Verizon

What have we here? It sure looks like a Sony Xperia Z2 with a big old Verizon logo up top. The image above was published (and since deleted) on the official Sony Xperia Google+ account along with a promotional blurb about the phone. And from what we can see, it's the same Xperia Z2 that's currently available in parts of Europe5.2-inch display and all.

A word of warning, though — just because a Z2 with Verizon branding exists somewhere, doesn't necessarily mean it's a dead cert for release. Remember the ill-fated Verizon HTC Merge, for instance, which never saw the light of day. So far the only official U.S. release plans for the Xperia Z2 involve a GSM unlocked version being sold on Sony's online store.

We've reached out to Sony for comment and we'll update this post with any official response. In the meantime, hit the comments and let us know if you'd buy a Sony Xperia Z2 on Verizon.

Update: The image has now been pulled from Google+. You'll find it preserved for posterity above.

Update 2: We've received a statement on the leak from Sony, which simply reiterates that the Xperia Z2 will be made available unlocked later this year:

"A mock-up image was mistakenly posted to the Sony Mobile Google+ page. The image has since been removed and we apologize for any confusion this may have caused. For our U.S. customers eager to find out more information about the availability of Xperia Z2, we are excited to share that the device will be coming to the U.S. unlocked this summer."

Source: +Sony Xperia, Thanks @CrenshawPete!


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Verizon Sony Xperia Z2 outed on official Google+ page (Update)


There is now hope for the Sprint version I've been asking for, for about two years.
Was gonna be happy with my Sprint G2 until 2015, but I can see that I'll have an extra device if the CDMA Sprint variant hits.

Mine as well. Love my M8 (which I would keep) but the S5 will GO! It will fund the purchase of a device I want so bad. In fact, I refuse to believe this will happen. I don't want to be let down.

The unlocked version says "Sony" at the top with nothing at the bottom. The Verizon version says "Verizon" at the top and "Sony" at the bottom. Not a major change.

I would just buy the international front replacement glass and replace it ad BOOM! no more Verizon logo :) I honestly don't care that the logo is there im just happy that its coming to Verizon, Sony will have way more success selling this phone on let say Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint then they would just limiting it on just T-Mobile.

It would be best if it came to all carriers. Since I'm on T-Mobile I could just get the international version. But I would prefer a proper US version. That's just me though.

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I guess getting that awesome phone on Verizon makes it a little bit less painful to have the Verizon logo on the front. Will be interesting to see if it actually makes it to Verizon

On Verizon...ugh. Go ahead and release it on all carriers. This exclusive release stuff is not going to help Sony in America.

But if you have to do exclusivity due to Sony's stock issues... Verizon is better than T-MOBILE for Sony because you reach more customers... So that does help Sony

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Not really. I know Verizon is the biggest carrier, but all my friends on Verizon have either iPhones or S4/S5's. I'm on T-Mobile and would get the Z2. 1 friend has the Z and 2 of my friends have a Z1s. Since they already have Sony phones on T-Mobile and it's the best out people would realize that the Z2 is better than the M8 and S5 and would get it instead.

Uh yes really. Your Small sample pool isn't all of nationwide statistics. It's just common sense to release it to a company that has a higher probability of buying your product.

Why do you think so many manufacturers make iphone accessories?

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Why would somebody buy a Sony phone when they're so used to iPhones and Galaxy devices. That's all they know. The last Sony phone on Verizon that I know of was the Xperia Play. How many years ago was that?? There's currently the Z and Z1s on T-Mobile. All I'm saying is that Sony will make more money by releasing the Z2 on the other carriers as well.

Verizon phones are network unlocked out of the box, and use band 4 LTE like TMO. So you can easily buy one and just use it on TMO if you really wanted to and still have LTE, or buy an international one?

I switched from Verizon to T-Mobile in January. I took my Verizon Note 3 over. I was able to get LTE, but wasn't able to make phone calls. Then when I put it in GSM mode I was able to make calls but was limited to HSPA+. So that's the drawback. I would rather just get an international Z2. But I don't have $700 to pull out of my ass for it right now. And I'll only get able $300 for my G2. Which is why this needs to come to other carriers.

As someone who flip flops my Verizon phones (GS4 and Note3) on TMO all the time, it does work properly but you just have to go to the testing menu and change it to GSM/LTE (auto PRL). I had the same problem initially until I realized The standard Global setting is really CDMA/LTE OR GSM and GSM is really just GSM(auto PRL) without LTE. On Global it locks to LTE but still looking for CDMA for voice/SMS, which is why that doesn't work. Manually selecting GSM/LTE (auto PRL) solves the problem entirely. Cheers.

Please Verizon, start carrying Sony's phones. They make some awesome ones and we could really use the choices.

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Buy the unlocked version. Don't go to the carrier where you are only dependent in the phones they decide to carry.

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Just no. That logo in top is so ugly and spoils the entire look of the phone.
Thank god for the gsm version to be available unlocked in Sony stores.

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Wow I can't believe this will actually happen. Too bad it will be locked down tighter than a nun's nasty.

Nooooo! Why Sony WHY? Lol

T-Mobile or AT&T I'd be all in. Verizon, I'll have to pass on that.

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"IF" is that it hasnt been announced and it might not make it to other carriers.

Considering you can get better deals on data and plans with either att or tmobile compared to verizon, that certainly makes a difference.

The fact you can get it unlocked and simply pay for as little data as you need and switch between gsm providers as you wish, that certainly makes a difference.

I would definitely buy the Z2. I purchased the M8 party because I thought Sony didn't have a chance of releasing this phone on Verizon.

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I'll pass on this unless there is a 32GB option for onboard RAM. 16 GB is too little for a flagship especially after Sony and Verizon is done with their skins and bloatware, the end user will be fortunate to have 8GB to use out of the box.

The Verizon HTC Merge was actually released on Verizon, but it ended up being released in small numbers to master dealers for sale to third-party dealers. The reason for this was due to Verizon's reluctance on releasing the phone after such a long approval process, so they just decided to dump the stock that did exist instead of bothering with a formal launch. It was also launched on the former Alltel Wireless and US Cellular.

If it becomes a Verizon exclusive then my options for my next JUMP are the G3 or the Nexus 6.

I love my Sony Z1s.

I'm sure the Z2 on Verizon will be hobbled and chock full of uninstallable Verizon bloatware. Just release it on all carriers and not on the one carrier that will more than likely offer a bad user experience.

I was completely content to just get the G3 when it came out. Even though I'm 99% sure this is never I have a glimmer of hope. God damnit.

Good news for Sony. Hopefully this is planned for T-Mobile as well (and AT&T, Sprint). I almost got the Z1s as I was doing a warranty exchange on my G2 the other day but it's not really any kind of upgrade (or downgrade) from my current phone.

Likely this or the G3, Sony needs to move fast.

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Who puts the power button on the button of the phone? Correct me if Im wrong on that, but that just seems stupid.

Power button is not on the bottom, from top: Power (Circular and silver), Volume (long), Camera. I've used a phone with all buttons on one side and its great, additionally these all seem towards the bottom half, which considering how big the phone is along with how people tend to hold the phone you got all the buttons within easy reach.

Would it be possible for sony to sell a verizon compatible model off contract and not affiliated with any verizon hell hole they call a retail store?

I hope the z2 is better than the z1s.. Like updates and put of the box problems won't be getting it but hope they improved regardless the z1s has been such a let down.just waiting till June to jump

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If this Z2 is offered on Verizon and is subsidized, I'll certainly buy it and renew my contract which expired more than 2 weeks ago.