It looks like Telstra could be about to launch the long-awaited Sony Xperia Z2. The national carrier has apparently accidentally let the cat out of the bag by releasing two online ads naming the handset on their $70 per month Accelerate plans.
The two ads showed up on News.com.au, with one a banner ad at the top of the page:
While the other showed up further down the page in the side-bar :
Both ads directed to the Telstra website, but to a non-working page, which brings up an error saying ‘Oops. We can’t connect you with that page’, indicating that the page has not yet gone live as yet.
The plan on offer – the $70 per month Accelerate plan, with an added $6 per month handset payment on a 24 month contract, for a total minimum cost of $1,824 over 24 months. The $70 Accelerate plan offers
$950 worth of talk and MMS, as well as unlimited Text messages and 2.5GB of Data.Thanks to SammyK: $700 worth of talk and MMS, as well as unlimited Text messages and 1.5GB of Data. The phone would also qualify for the additional ‘New Phone Feeling’ option, but we’ve seen nothing to suggest that option is a great idea financially.
This latest flagship release compares quite favourably against the big guns, with the Galaxy S5 available on the same plan at $101 per month, while the HTC One (M8) is available on the $70 Mobile Accelerate Plan with a $12 per month handset repayment.
Overseas and through Mobicity, there is a bonus pack that is being included with the phone, which contains an accessory pack worth $250 that includes a Sony RS-BTM8 Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker as well as a pair of MDR-NC31EM Noise Canceling Headphones.
We’ll have to wait and see if Australian carriers intend to launch this bonus pack, or have something else up their sleeves for the launch of the Z2.
We look forward to an official announcement from not only Telstra, but Vodafone and Optus who have also advised they will be carrying the Xperia Z2 on their networks. Telstra is currently taking expressions of interest on their website, as is Vodafone.