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Vodafone is now selling Sony’s Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

Vodafone has announced that Sony's new flagship Xperia Z3, and the Z3 Compact, are now available from the network operator – with a musical bonus for early customers.

The Xperia Z3 is an impressive phone (see our positive hands-on impressions (opens in new tab) of it here), but as ever with a flagship, it doesn't come cheap.

Vodafone are offering the Xperia Z3 from £38.50 per month if you want the phone for free, and that comes with unlimited minutes and texts, and 1GB of 4G data. If you want the cheapest tariff, that's £26.50 per month, but you'll have to stump up £199 for the handset, and the allowance is only 100 minutes and 100MB (with unlimited texts).

As for the Z3 Compact, that can be had for £30.50 per month with the handset free, including 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. Again, the cheapest plan offers 100 minutes and 100MB for £22.50 per month, although an up-front payment of £99 for the phone itself is required.

Related: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Sony Xperia Z3 specs showdown (opens in new tab)

And the musical bonus we mentioned? Well, Vodafone has organised a secret London gig for The Script, and the first 1000 customers who buy a Z3 or Z3 Compact and register their claim (see the Vodafone blog page here (opens in new tab)) will get a pair of tickets to that gig.

We suppose whether it's a bonus or not depends on whether you like The Script (but then you could always eBay them – ahem, who said that?).

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.