T-Mobile Begins Pre-Orders For its First Water-Resistant Phone, the Xperia Z for $99 Down or $579 Full Retail

July 16, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

We heard last week that the Sony Xperia Z would be launching on T-Mobile this week. The device is actually set to go on sale tomorrow, but T-Mobile is doing pre-orders today. They are offering the water-resistant, 4G LTE device for $99 down or you can pay $579 for it outright. T-Mobile and Sony are also offering a Wireless Bluetooth Speak while supplies last. Remember the Xperia Z is an exclusive, and was also announced back at CES in January. So it’s more than halfway through it’s product cycle. If you’re not sure whether you should buy it or not, check out our review of the device.

So if the device goes on sale tomorrow, why bother pre-ordering today? Well Sony and T-Mobile have added in a couple of nice perks for those that pre-order. You’ll be getting Sony’s wireless Bluetooth speaker which is normally $69.99, along with overnight shipping. Sounds like a pretty decent deal right?

As far as pricing goes, that’s $99 down then $20 per month for the Equipment Installment Plan. Of course, if you enroll in the JUMP! program, you’ll be able to upgrade to a new phone in January. Possibly the Xperia Z Ultra or Honami? Who knows what will be out at that time. The Xperia Z is a pretty good device, I just wish it had landed in the US (and Canada) sooner. C’mon Sony, we love your products, can you bring them over here a bit faster next time?

Anyways, the Xperia Z features a 5-inch full HD display, with 2GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 13MP camera on the back and Android 4.2.2 (It might ship with Android 4.1.2, but the update is already available). It also has Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. Which is a pretty decent feature as well. And of course, it’s water and dust resistant. Just like the Galaxy S4 Active?

How many of you are going to pick up the Xperia Z from T-Mobile?

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