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T-Mobile does a 180 and restarts Sony Xperia Z3 sales with lower price tag

It was earlier in April when T-Mobile announced that, after being available for less than six months, the Sony Xperia Z3 would no longer be available for purchase. As interesting as this move was, it’s even more intriguing that the smartphone is once again available through T-Mobile.

Looking at the Xperia Z3’s page on T-Mobile, not only is it available for purchase, but T-Mobile even discounted the handset, dropping the price to $500 if you want to buy it outright. This represents a $130 price cut from the smartphone’s original $630 price tag, which it had before it was mysteriously discontinued. If you opt for an installment plan instead, you’ll be paying $20.83 a month for 24 months.

Related: Sorry, Xperia fans! Sony’s Xperia Z4 launches in Japan only — for now

The price cut poses the interesting question of why the Xperia Z3 was unavailable to begin with, and why T-Mobile decided to once again sell the smartphone. For all we know, the Xperia Z3 could still be on the way out, seeing how Sony recently announced its successor, the Xperia Z4, though it was only made available in Japan. To make the matter even stranger, the Verizon variant of the Xperia Z3, the Xperia Z3V, was still available, even when the Xperia Z3 on T-Mobile wasn’t on sale anymore.

For the most part, the Xperia Z4 is a carbon copy of the Xperia Z3, and even James Bond himself is not impressed with Sony’s latest and greatest. Odds are we’ll see it in North America and other regions sometime in the near future, but Sony has yet to make such an announcement.

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