SIM-free Sony Xperia T reportedly not available until 2013

Some possible bad news this morning for anyone hoping to pick up Sony's new flagship phone, the Xperia T, on its own without a contract. The phone is expected to become available on-contract through UK mobile networks and independent retailers later this month, but buyers looking to pick up a SIM-free Xperia T may be out of luck. According to TechRadar, UK retailer Expansys isn't expecting to be able to stock the Xperia T on its own until as late as January 2013.

The site reports that "talks with Sony revealed the handset will be only available on contract first, direct from networks and from a couple of high street retailers,” with January 2013 pegged as a likely release date for the SIM-free option. That would mean anyone looking to pick up an Xperia T to use with an existing service plan could be in for a long wait. However, we should remember that this report comes from a retailer, rather than directly from the manufacturer, so it should be taken with a pinch of salt until confirmed.

We've reached out to Sony Mobile for confirmation of the Xperia T's off-contract availability, and we'll keep you updated with any info they provide.

Source: TechRadar

Alex Dobie
Executive Editor

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • not available in the UK or not available in the rest of the world ?? This article is comfusing
  • I love how these manufactures limit their early sales by not offering a SIM free option, and then it'll be available 4-5 months down the road by the time it's obsolete. Way to set themselves up for failure...I was actually planning on buying this phone to give Sony a shot, but not if I have to wait that long.
  • With the rumors that Sony is releasing a high end Nexus device this year, I am not so sure a delay in the unlocked Xperia T will matter all that much. If the rumors turn out to be true, I know what my Christmas present to myself will be this year.
  • That's the thing about this. I to was giving thought to getting it in a month or two. If they are holding it off till 2013 they may as well forget sales. Now if a Sony Nexus are to be believed then I'll jump on that. Tell ya though an HTC One X+ is sounding better by the day.
  • Agreed, barring any Sony Nexus. I was really considering this thing.