Sony might be a big smartphone brand in some parts of the world, but the same can’t be said for the United States. With a limited U.S. presence, often the only way to get ahold of a Sony handset is to buy it outright and unlocked.

If you were hoping that situation would change starting with the Sony Xperia Z1, Sony has now officially dashed your dreams. Speaking to the press, Sony has confirmed they will continue to put most of their focus on Japan and Europe.

Does that mean you won’t be able to get the Sony Xperia Z1 directly from a carrier? While the phone might not be coming to all the big carriers, it will make its way to T-Mobile – at least if a new leak proves correct.

Courtesy of famed tech news leaker @evleaks, an image of a T-Mobile branded Sony Xperia Z1 has now hit the web. We have to admit we aren’t too surprised to hear that the Z1 is coming to the uncarrier. After all, the Sony Xperia Z’s only U.S. launch partner was also T-Mobile.

Keep in mind that neither Sony or T-Mobile have yet to confirm their plans for the Xperia Z1, so speculation is still advised. We also have no clue when the Z1 will show up on T-Mobile’s network.

For folks that are more interested in buying outright from Sony or a retailer, the news of a T-Mobile Xperia Z1 might actually be a bit of a downer, as it means that the LTE version of the Xperia Z1 will likely be exclusive to T-Mobile in the states. On the bright side, for those that don’t mind rocking the HSPA+ version, you can pick it up unlocked now from Newegg for $730.

So how about it, are you interested in picking up the Sony Xperia Z1 if it does end up available through T-Mobile? Conversely, is the lack of more carrier options holding you back from seriously considering Sony mobile devices?

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