OnePlus Finds First US Carrier Partner for Launch of OnePlus 6T

OnePlus Finds First US Carrier Partner for Launch of OnePlus 6T

According to CNET, OnePlus and T-Mobile are now in talks to get the OnePlus 6T on the Un-carrier's network in October.

According to the report, T-Mobile would be the exclusive launch carrier for OnePlus in the USA, selling the phone through its retail stores and website. Still, one carrier is better than no carrier, maybe more will join for the OnePlus 7 if all goes smoothly. 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.

Getting into the USA smartphone market usually requires OEMs to work with carriers first, usually with ultra-cheap budget phones to start. Back then, the company was so small it used an invite system to sell phones (and drum up some hype at the same time).

OnePlus started out as a value flagship company, but has been increasing its prices and the capabilities of each successive phone. The OnePlus 6T is expected this fall.

The OnePlus 6T is not official, but it seems like a foregone conclusion. Moreover, T-Mobile's entire brand identity as a younger, cheaper upstart matches exactly what OnePlus has been trying to do, so it's a sensible pairing. It just so happens that Oppo launched the R17 recently, which is nearly certainly going to become the OnePlus 6T. Instead, there will be another T-Mobile-specific model that will be optimized for the carrier's network.

This collaboration, however, will not affect sales in the global market, and the device will still be compatible with both the T-Mobile network and AT&T. When the phone does come out, rumors suggest it will cost $550. This is close to half of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Apple iPhone X.