Sony Xperia ZL gets its first US carrier, arrives at Cincinnati Bell on May 1st

In the battle of 5-inch, 1080p smartphones, it seems that the Sony Xperia ZL might've gotten lost in the shuffle amongst US carriers. Despite its availability as an unlocked device (and through Canadian carriers), any potential stateside buyers looking to snag the Xperia ZL with a carrier subsidy are currently out of luck. Fortunately for some, all that is set to change on May 1st, as Cincinnati Bell has announced that it'll sell the Xperia ZL for $250 after rebate on a two-year contract. Naturally, Cincinnati Bell isn't the largest of carriers, and its relatively steep pricing leaves a bit to be desired, but it's certainly nice to see Sony gain some traction in the states. Perhaps it's a sign of things to come?

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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.

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Sony Xperia ZL gets its first US carrier, arrives at Cincinnati Bell on May 1st