There is good and bad news for anyone wanting to get their hands on the Sony Xperia Z2 in the UK. High Street retailer Phones 4u have made the smartphone available for pre-order, although if you do not want to pay anything for the handset up front, it will cost a not-particularly-appetising £47 per month over two years.
On first reading, the pricing of the Sony Xperia Z2 appears to be a little alarming, with the new smartphone much more expensive than comparable handsets released last year. The difference in cost is so much that it cannot be accounted for simply by prelaunch hype.
Should you buy the Sony Xperia Z2 SIM free?
A key point to consider is that the Sony Xperia Z2 is not actually more expensive than its predecessor, the Sony Xperia Z1, to buy outright. In fact, the forthcoming handset is available to pre-order from Clove for £550.
The SIM free cost of the Sony Xperia Z2 actually compares very favourably with last year’s Sony Xperia Z1, which Clove initially sold for £564.
All the indications are that there has been no surge in handset prices across the market, since the Sony Xperia Z1 was released in September last year. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to sell for in the region of £580 – much less than the £629.95 initial cost of the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Stumping up a hefty amount of cash to buy a handset outright can be an eye-watering prospect. But if all-inclusive deals are uncompetitive, then buying the Sony Xperia Z2 SIM free may be worth considering.
Once you have paid for the cost of the handset itself, on-going costs can become almost negligible by comparison to all-inclusive deals. For example, Three are currently offering 500 MB data, 200 minutes and 500 texts for only £6.90 per month, on a 12-month contract.
Added cost of 4G
The £47 per month deal at Phones 4u is on Vodafone. However, it is a 4G plan and the retailer is not currently advertising any 3G tariffs.
For £47 pound, every month you will receive unlimited UK voice minutes, unlimited UK texts and a data allowance of 3 GB. Whilst this offering does not appear overly generous, it is more reasonable when you consider that Vodafone will also provide a choice of either Sky Sports Mobile or Spotify, included within the cost of the contract.
There is not really any phone available in the UK right now that could be considered to be directly comparable – in terms of spec – to the Sony Xperia Z2, so estimating future pricing is not straightforward. It is worth noting, though, that Vodafone currently offer the older Sony Xperia Z1 free on a 3G tariff for £37 per month.
As has already been mentioned, the Sony Xperia Z2 is by no means an expensive smartphone, when you consider its spec. This is true not only when it is compared to the competition, but it even holds up well against last year’s models.
Therefore, we can expect most networks to offer the Sony Xperia Z2 at around £37 per month, with no up front cost, once the excitement of the launch fades away and stock is in plentiful supply. The price is likely to fall further still, when cashback deals and other offers become available.