HSPA+ version of Xperia V cancelled? [Update]

by XB on 14th September 2012

in Xperia V


When the Sony Xperia ion was announced at the start of the year, it was the first Xperia LTE device to hit western shores. That particular handset was bound for AT&T (LT28at), but then a RoW version popped up (LT28i) still with LTE support. Since then, Sony has released a HSPA+ version (LT28h) of the Xperia ion.

All of this gave us hope that perhaps we might see a HSPA+ version of the Sony Xperia V (LT25i) in markets where LTE isn’t so prevalent. At one point, there certainly was a LT25h on the roadmap, but we’re now hearing that this version has been canned. The situation isn’t definitive, however, given the strong demand in South America.

If a HSPA+ version of the Xperia V has been cancelled, it will be a shame as this is a phone that many Sony Xperia fans are looking forward to. In markets with no LTE, operators are unlikely to carry the phone, despite the fact that it would still be compatible with the 3G networks sans LTE. For those who really have this high up on their wish list, there’s always the option of importing the phone, but this isn’t necessarily straightforward or cheap. In the meantime, we’ll keep our fingers crossed that Sony changes its mind.

Update: Just to be clear, the Xperia V (LT25i) supports the following HSPA+ bands: 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII) and 2100 (Band I). If you carrier uses any of these bands, you will be able to use the phone without any problem in your country.

  • Raiden

    V >?? ok, nice phone with some extra features on it but is tiny ..

    JUST BRING THAT TX HERE ASAP AND TAKE MY MONEY !!

  • S*** my country still not support LTE..so sad

  • lovebmw

    it’s so weird, anything that could be successful Sony makes sure for it not to flourish….

  • lovebmw


    we’ll keep our fingers crossed thatSony changes its mind” and add a camera button

  • Xlash Andraid

    SONY, you need to fire your current marketing manager ASAP, or at least have a long meeting with him/her. This is one of the most stupid moves a company have ever done. LTE is not a standar signal in a lot of countries yet, and Xperia V is, as far as I see it, the most popular phone of your new line, I just can’t stop imaging myself using it and I’m not the only one. Not releasing a HSPA+ version will mean a failure in your final financial results. Reconsider your decision because you’ve made things good lately, but this is a step backwards.

  • Does the Xperia V have HSPA+ on 850/900/1900/2100 like most current Xperia’s? I know the T is pentaband (includes 1700). If that was the case, you could still buy the LTE version and use it but only with HSPA+.

  • Aokde Gharra

    a sony representative in israel said that the XPERIA V won’t be available because it has LTE and israel doesn’t…so i guess it is indeed cancelled.

    here’s what he said: V ?? ??????? ?????? ???? ???? ????? LTE
    http://i46.tinypic.com/27y4is6.jpg

  • Sony Mobile Italy keeps on advertising it, the last time today (you can check on Facebook, look for Sony Mobile IT) even if there’s no LTE in Italy (experimental and only in 2-3 cities, no public access yet).

  • Roy

    I hope Sony launch this device in Brazil ASAP. However as far as the camera dedicated button goes, I think that’s a limitation imposed by the water/dust resistance design. I frankly wont miss it, but for people who would there’s always the T or TX.

  • Roy


    The situation isn’t definitive, however, given the strong demand in South America.”
    I hope they mean Brazil by it. I’m not very optimistic given that Sony never mentioned the Active (2011 line) on Brazil’s market, our options are never as rich in variety as the european or asian market are. I WILL have my hands on this device though, I don’t care if I have to import it like I did my Arc. (The Arc/Arc S was actually launched in Brazil, I just could not wait so I cheated :p )
    I’m ready for you V!!!!!!!!!

    Brazil does not support LTE as of yet, however there’s talk of implementing it in time for the world cup. I really hope this annoying soccer craze give us at least this much, I don’t get the hype for something that just doesn’t matter, but I digress…

  • Roy

    In Brazil no LTE as of yet, but there’s talk of implementing it in time for the world cup. LTE or not, I’ll have this device!!

  • hamboy

    I love Sony products but the people in charge of actually selling the things are idiots.

  • SONY bad, was slow to relist teams and now canceled some. It seems they do not want to sell shit.

  • FlowXT

    Do you know if the Xperia acro S will get an Israeli launch?

  • doesn’t LTE works with older generation tech like backward compatible? Also with better battery life.

  • pleitti

    does this phone will release in asia ???

  • Aokde Gharra

    Most likely it will, because we already have the S P U Go Sola so i guess acro s will be available also

  • jIMMY

    Want everyone so angry about. Iphone 5 also come with LTE only. Not HSPA there no right or wrong in this situation.

  • xperia

    sony releases excellent products…but the marketing team makes sure it fails in the market also….what a tragedy…!!!!

  • xperia

    Sony releases some excellent products…and their own people makes sure it fails in the market…what a tragedy

  • Indiandawg

    Does that mean 3G won’t work?

  • JM Penas

    My country does have LTE but its bands aren’t compatible with the V. This is terrible news.

  • Kinder

    Yes I think so :

    http://www.sonymobile.com/fr/products/phones/xperia-v/specifications/

    GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900UMTS HSPA+ 850, 900, 2100LTE Bande I, III, V, VII et XX

  • But how can this be a bad thing? According to the white paper http://developer.sonymobile.com/downloads/whitepapers/sony-xperia-v-white-paper/ – correct me if I’m wrong -, the LTE version does support HSPA+. Isn’t it just better to have an all in one phone instead of having multiple phones? I mean, what if after a few months, my country started supporting LTE? I wouldn’t have to buy another phone, I can keep the same Xperia V….

  • Fraulein

    LTE version still has HSPA+ also, so what?

  • H-R-K

    when this phone come to our hand? this year later

  • goldenblls

    Xperiablog, Where did you get this info from?

  • So could it get the update for new firmware in local where the carirers dont supply the lte band

  • JM Penas

    Wait, Sony’s cancelling the HSPA+ ONLY version right? The LTE version has HSPA+ too right, so it won’t really be much of a problem…. I think

  • .cj

    xperia active, xperia arco S ???

  • paul4id

    I predict that instead of releasing an HSPA-only device, they are working on introducing a model with more/different LTE bands.

  • H-R-K

    maybe you have to wait six month……..

  • lovebmw

    in those examples he is telling you roy that those phones are water resistant yet have the buttons

  • Roy

    Ah, now I get it. Ty lovebmw

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