Sony has already put the unlocked Xperia ZL for sale in the US via their website, but now we see a contract version with Cincinnati Bell. The 5-inch Mobile Bravia Engine equipped phone will be available by May 1, and cost just $250 (after mail-in rebate) with a two-year agreement.
It's the same Xperia ZL we see on the Sony store (though this version may be SIM locked) with the quad-core Snapdragon S4, 5-inch 1080p display, and 13MP Exmor RS rear camera that has everyone excited. It's also equipped with the same pentaband HSPA (bands 1,2,4,5 and 8) radio as the unlocked version, which means 3G 4G/HSPA+ service will work on just about every GSM carrier in the world. There's no word if LTE bands are still supported (1, 2, 4, 5 and 17) but we would be surprised if they were changed for this model.
The Xperia ZL looks like a real stunner, and we're happy that Cincinnati Bell customers have this one to choose from. The full press release is after the break.
Cincinnati Bell Becomes First U.S. Carrier to Offer Sony Xperia™ ZL Smartphone
World’s Most Compact Premium Smartphone Available from Cincinnati Bell on May 1
CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cincinnati Bell, the region’s leading provider of communications services for homes and businesses, today announced it will begin selling the new Sony Xperia™ ZL, a premium smartphone with a razor-sharp 5-inch high-definition Reality Display. The Xperia ZL from Sony will be available from Cincinnati Bell online and in stores by May 1 for $249.99 after mail-in rebate with a two-year equipment agreement.
“We’re excited to add the Sony Xperia ZL to our line of premium smartphones. With this extraordinary device, customers can connect with each other using the best technology Sony has to offer,” said Mike Vanderwoude, senior vice president/general manager, Consumer Markets. “The Xperia ZL on Cincinnati Bell’s 4G wireless network creates an unbeatable combination.”
The Xperia ZL has all of the specifications and premium features expected from a technology innovator like Sony. A razor-sharp 5-inch full HD (1920x1080p) Reality Display brings Sony’s long-standing TV expertise to the smartphone delivering optimized color, contrast and clarity. Intelligent camera capabilities previously only available in Sony digital cameras make taking high-quality images easier than ever, no matter what the conditions.
One-touch connections via NFC (Near field communication) enable consumers to easily share music, photos, and video from their Xperia ZL with other NFC-enabled devices including Sony speakers, headphones and TVs. For example, with the latest NFC-capable BRAVIA TV, simply touch the Xperia ZL to the TV remote control and enjoy photos or browse the Xperia ZL’s interface on the large TV screen. In addition, the Xperia ZL’s infrared capability offers remote control of TV’s and other home entertainment devices.
Xperia ZL Key Features:
- 5-inch 1920x1080p full HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2
- 13MP camera with Exmor RS for Mobile, HDR video (1080p), Superior Auto and Noise Reduction to effortlessly capture razor-sharp pictures and videos in any conditions
- Battery STAMINA for improved standby time
- NFC-enabled and Infrared capable
- 1.5 GHz asynchronous quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB RAM
- Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- Compatible network bands: HSPA+ 1,2,4,5,8 and EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
The Sony Xperia ZL will be available for purchase on Cincinnati Bell’s website, www.cincinnatibell.com, and in Cincinnati Bell stores by May 1 for $249.99 after mail-in rebate with a two-year equipment agreement.
About Cincinnati Bell
With headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Bell (NYSE: CBB) provides integrated communications solutions—including local and long distance voice, data, high-speed Internet, entertainment, and wireless services—that keep residential and business customers in Greater Cincinnati and Dayton connected with each other and with the world. In addition, enterprise customers across the United States rely on Cincinnati Bell for efficient, scalable office communications systems and end-to-end IT solutions. Cincinnati Bell is the majority owner of CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE), which provides best-in-class data center colocation services to enterprise customers through its facilities with fully redundant power and cooling solutions that are currently located in the Midwest, Texas, Arizona, London, and Singapore. For more information, please visit www.cincinnatibell.com.
About Sony Mobile Communications
Sony Mobile Communications is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation, a leading global innovator of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Through its Xperia™ smartphone portfolio, Sony Mobile Communications delivers the best of Sony technology, premium content and services, and easy connectivity to Sony’s world of networked entertainment experiences. For more information: www.sonymobile.com.
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