OnePlus has always sold its phones unlocked, but that may soon change. This week, OnePlus has committed to partnering with US carriers, as well as a 5G smartphone next year.
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Mobile World Congress Shanghai is underway this week, and at the event, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau revealed some of the company’s plans for the future. First and foremost, this includes a bigger push in the US market with carriers.
Lau didn’t detail who OnePlus plans to partner with, or if multiple carriers are being considered, but this move shouldn’t come as a surprise. Sales of OnePlus devices recently started at carriers in Europe, and with the US market so much more reliant on carrier sales, it only makes sense to make a push here.
As PCMag points out, OnePlus’ use of Qualcomm chipsets makes it a possibility that the company could viably make a device which works on both GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile, but also CDMA networks such as Verizon. Thankfully, OnePlus is taking a stand against bloatware here as well.
Lau said that the “burdenless” core of the company’s phones means that OnePlus prioritizes speed and a bloatware-free experience.
Along with a commitment to carrier support, OnePlus has also revealed that it intends to make a 5G-capable smartphone in 2019. The timing here is great, as the US will see wider 5G support starting in 2019 as well.
One of the things I find hardest about recommending a OnePlus device is the carrier support. You can only use this phone if you use a GSM carrier, leaving Verizon, the biggest carrier in the States, out of the question. With this commitment from OnePlus, I’m crossing every finger that Verizon support will finally arrive.