Not only is the OnePlus 6T expected to be sold directly through the nation’s leading “Un-carrier”, but the top wireless service provider stateside should also allow the phone to be activated on its dominant network. While that’s obviously not the same thing, it would be another huge step forward for an ambitious brand with a cult online following yet zero conventional retail presence in North America.
If PCMag’s inside sources are correct, which seems pretty much guaranteed, both the official Verizon support and an exclusive partnership with T-Mobile will be confirmed and fully detailed at the rescheduled OnePlus 6T launch event in New York on October 29.
Mind you, this latest rumor suggests Verizon’s certification has been obtained, despite the operator’s notoriously rigid and lengthy approval procedures, which means the OnePlus 6T will probably come better equipped out the box than the Razer Phone 2, for instance.
Most likely, you’ll need to purchase the 6T unlocked from the manufacturer’s e-store, then take it to Verizon for activation. The same model should obviously work on T-Mobile and AT&T as well, but not Sprint. A separate, T-Mobile-specific variant will purportedly arrive in Magenta’s own stores soon enough, offering OnePlus a type of US retail exposure that companies like Huawei can’t even dream of anymore. It remains to be seen if this move will be able to offset divisive choices like cutting the headphone jack.