It’s no mystery that success for smartphones in the U.S. is greatly reliant on carriers. Gadget enthusiasts are more than willing to buy devices direct from the OEM, but a majority of sales in the U.S. come from carriers. OnePlus is working on part of that equation by partnering with T-Mobile, and the OnePlus 6T will be compatible with AT&T’s network as well. But that still leaves out Verizon and a massive user base.
According to a report from PC Mag, the OnePlus 6T will have some level of compatibility on Verizon. It won’t be sold at Verizon stores or anything like that, but LTE Band 13 will allow the device to work on Verizon’s LTE network and only the LTE network. The source claims Verizon’s labs are still working on certifying the device.
Verizon compatibility has been dicey at best for unlocked phones in the past. Being compatible is not enough. Devices like the ZTE Axon 7 were compatible with Verizon LTE on paper, but software updates made it very unreliable for anyone that tried it. So OnePlus may very well claim to support Verizon up on stage on October 30th, but real-world usage will be up for debate.
LTE has come a long way since its inception. Verizon’s LTE network is now bigger than their old CDMA coverage. A OnePlus 6T will Verizon LTE would be perfectly capable, assuming you live in a good coverage area. T-Mobile and AT&T will still be the preferred networks here in the U.S., but Verizon LTE could be an attractive third choice.
Source: PC Mag
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