Sony i1/Honami visits the FCC. LTE bands indicate US availability – AT&T?

by: Bogdan PetrovanAugust 3, 2013

sony i1 honami fcc filing

For any device to be legally commercialized in the United States, its maker must file a bevy of tests and other documents to certify that the device works according to regulations. This process is often, but not always, useful for determining when a device is about to be launched in the US.

That’s the case with the Sony i1, also known under the codename Honami, which just made an appearance in the FCC’s database. While the documents don’t provide much information in addition to what we already knew, the LTE compatibility listed in the filing gives us a clue about the carriers that could range the Honami.

The Sony i1 sold in the US should be compatible with these LTE bands: 2, 4, 5, 7, and 17. Judging from spectrum allocation alone, the American operators that could carry the i1/Honami are AT&T and perhaps T-Mobile.

Keep in mind however, that the mere certification of a device for certain cellular frequencies doesn’t guarantee that the device will actually ever be sold in the US. However, the availability of the T-Mobile Xperia Z, albeit late, gives us hope that Sony will manage to improve the distribution of its future flagship.

Other useful tidbits from the filings are the presence of Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac and a microSD card slot.

The Sony i1 is widely expected to debut at a Sony press event in Berlin on September 4, ahead of IFA 2013.


  • King-Podigy-X

    WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! AT&T!!!!

  • WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! T-Mobile!!!!

  • MasterMuffin

    WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Honami!!!!

  • End in sight

    It’s either this or the nexus 5 for me.

    Wait, does Sony skin their phones? And if so, does it suck?

    • Walter

      Woooooo!! Yes they do, and no, it doesn’t suck..

      • EliasAlucard

        Sony uses their own UX skin, which is actually the best one as far as I’m concerned, not only because it looks best, but also because it’s not bloatware like TouchWiz, Sense etc., it’s very close to vanilla Android nowadays.

        • Corcel

          Looks like a budget version of Sense. Design-wise, Sony never caught up in the on the smartphone era, and it’s easy to get the third-world feeling over it, like with Samsung devices. Sense is the only Android UI overlay that actually makes sense, even though iOS is the definite choice if you really want a great UI.

    • Ruben Ali Fuenmayor

      Not heavily, comming from Nexus devices I actually like my Z stock.

  • Azulor

    WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! I’m Not American!!!!

    In all seriousness, I hope it comes in a timely fashion to Australian carriers. So many possible upgrades to choose from coming soon!

    • Max

      We never get any new phones in a timely fashion…

  • Sergio Rainor

    LTE band 7, nice, is the same frequency of Brazil.

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  • Mysterious girl lol

    WOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Austrailia need this phone mate!! Cause its dust nd waterproof mate!! I love my kids mate!! Cheers mate!?!

  • D3Seeker

    WOOOOOOOOO!!!! not on my network and ATT sux here………………… :'( ”””

  • Ryan Castle

    Please Sony release it in T-Mobile plz plz plz plz plz.

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  • Railwayman

    If Sony decide to bring the Honami to the US, it should be as an unlocked C6906 with working LTE on AT&T and T-Mobile. It would be shameful if they would let T-Mobile destroy it like the Z, i.e. with a locked bootloader, Android 4.1.2 bloated (when 4.2.2 is out even if the C6606 can be reflashed), branding and disabled LTE bands for proprietary vendor lock-in.

    That would be very bad for such a nice device as the Honami.

    No, release it in the Sony Store and offer it with different payment plans for those customers that scream that they “need” to buy it from a carrier “because they can’t afford paying it outright”. Sony already offers decent financing options in their store, btw.

    It is time for the manufacturers to take a stance against the US carriers and simply tell them that “this is OUR product and we won’t accept that you cripple it and destroy our brand!”

    It is bad enough that people blame Sony when their T-Mobile Z is stuck on 4.1.2 – in order to avoid such brand degradation, the Honami should be unlocked and sold direct by Sony.

  • George

    I hope they put a proper display on the phone this time around. The terrible display was the reason I didn’t buy the Xperia Z

    • Anonymous

      unless you are blind, go back to shop and check it again with the latest update 10.3.1.A.0.244, everything is getting better and better.

      • jonathan3579

        It’s funny how everyone keeps talking about that. I have personally seen the phone after the update and it made a SIGNIFICANT difference in quality.