Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

OnePlus 6T October launch could spark first United States carrier partnership, with T

OnePlus 6T October launch could spark first United States carrier partnership, with T

For US consumers, the bigger story is that this could finally mark the beginning of an official carrier partnership. OnePlus has been following a half-yearly cycle for a while now and those who have been holding out buying the OnePlus 6 in anticipation of the T model, may not have to wait that long.

Earlier on this year OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau, mentioned the company's plans for offering smartphone through the U.S. carriers.

The report states that T-Mobile is the exclusive U.S. carrier for this next phone from OnePlus and that they'll sell an optimized version for T-Mobile's network that will be able to take advantage of their 600MHz spectrum. Just like last fall's 5T, the OnePlus 6T is expected to be released five short months after the company's previous high-ender.

In the past, OnePlus has sold all of its devices int he U.S. unlocked and directly to the customers.

According to CNET, the company OnePlus will unveil a new flagship smartphone in October this year. In the USA, that includes AT&T and T-Mobile, but not Verizon and Sprint, which use the CDMA standard. A rumor to take with a grain of salt.

OnePlus will be launching the 6T in October through its usual online portal, reports CNET. Earlier this year, the heads of the FBI, NSA and Central Intelligence Agency cautioned Americans away from buying ZTE or Huawei smartphones. OnePlus phones don't have some of the bells and whistles like a 1440p display, wireless charging, and a microSD card slot, but the price is right. That's how much of a fan following OnePlus has. OnePlus is still in the process of getting what's known as "technical approval" at the carrier, according to one person. This is close to half of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Apple iPhone X.

To date, one of the only weaknesses for OnePlus phones is that they only operate on GSM networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile and not on CDMA-based networks like Verizon and Sprint in the U.S.

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