As I get closer to buying my new phone, I have been looking around at the various deals and stock due dates.
The Sony Xperia Z1 is a classic example.
Clove Technology is offering the Z1 for around £565. This includes the Sony Smartwatch 2 and £100 of media content from Sony.
Sonymobile part of Sony UK is offering the Z1 for £599 and throwing in free delivery. But no watch and no media pack.
Sony UK is offering the above too but has a different range of accessories for the Z1.
Amazon UK is just offering the Z1 for £599 with no offers and delivery on the 20th September.
Sony and Sonymobile has delivery for the end of September.
Clove Technology will be posting the black version out today.
OK, so this is the online options. Let’s have a look at the high street stores. My local Sony Centre in Plymouth offers excellent customer service and knowledgeable staff. They were offering the Z1 with a Sony Smartwatch 2 at half its normal price. They then offered me a deal buying the Z1 sim free with £75 voucher for the watch or the QX10 or off the QX100 lens hub. Only one slight problem, they couldn’t tell me the sim free price of the Z1. Just I could get £75 off one of the accessories if I ordered today. Not only that they had no stock demos of the Z1 or QX10.
In several phone shops the Z1 was available to look at and use. So I got to see the white and black version. The O2 stores had the Z1 and a QX10 lens and I got to see both in action. The staff at the Sony Centre were very disgruntled over not having any demo stock. To add insult to injury the Sony rep had been in Plymouth visiting the phone shops leaving demo stock but not Sony’s own centres.
So the moral of the story. Buy from Clove Technology. Have a free smartwatch and £110 worth of media and get the black Z1 posted from today instead of waiting 2 to 3 weeks longer and paying a lot more.
Crazy state of affairs.