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Verizon Xperia Z2 photo pops up in Sony Google+ post, is AT&T and T-Mobile next?

The Sony Xperia Z2, slated for a Summer 2014  U.S. release date appears to be heading to Verizon
The Sony Xperia Z2, slated for a Summer 2014 U.S. release date appears to be heading to Verizon
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Verizon customers could get the chance to own the Xperia Z2 this summer. After much speculation about if, when and where the Sony flagship phone would land in the U.S., it looks like we have a confirmation.

Sony spilled the tea on itself Thursday (May 1), by posting an image of a Verizon logo sporting Xperia Z2 smartphone on its official Google+ page. As Droid Life reports, the statement “Be prepared for every adventure in the great outdoors with the waterproof and dust-resistant Xperia Z2,” accompanied the photo.

The mini advertisement for the water and dust resistant phone has since been removed from the Sony Xperia Google+ page. Whether the post was accidental or not, it pretty much confirms Verizon as at least one of the U.S. carriers of the upcoming Z2.

Due to the Xperia Z2’s network band compatibility, speculation leans towards U.S. carriers AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon as candidates to carry the phone. Sony confirms that the Xperia Z2 will be available in the U.S. this summer, committing to its promise of a global release.

Following reports that the Xperia Z1 successor would only be sold in the U.S. at Sony’s Website, the electronics manufacturer was in recent talks with carriers late last month. According to TechCrunch at the time, no decision was final.

After launching in countries including China, the UK, Finland, Japan and Canada, the Sony Xperia Z1 became exclusive to T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network upon its U.S. arrival. While we are now fairly certain that Verizon will sell the Z2 in the U.S., the now is: “Will the Xperia Z2 also land on T-Mobile and/or AT&T, or will it remain a Verizon exclusive?”

Once it sees its U.S. release date, the IP58 rated water and dust resistant Xperia Z2 stands to rival the recently released Samsung Galaxy S5. Boasting an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance, the Galaxy S5 is currently available in the U.S. on all five major carrier networks. While not 100 percent "waterproof", either phone can withstand being submerged in water for up to 30 minutes.

Update: Sony reached out to us in regards to the Google+ image post with the following statement:

"A mock-up image was mistakenly posted to the Sony Mobile Google+ page. The image has since been removed and we apologize for any confusion this may have caused. For our U.S. customers eager to find out more information about the availability of Xperia Z2, we are excited to share that the device will be coming to the U.S. unlocked this summer."