The OnePlus 9 Series won’t be sold at Verizon – CNET

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The OnePlus 9 Pro, above, and OnePlus 9 will not be available from Verizon. 

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OnePlus’ new OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro features improved screens, faster performance and better cameras but the one thing they’ll lack — at least in the US — is the same retail carrier support. Unlike last year, when its OnePlus 8 5G was sold through T-Mobile and Verizon as well as being available unlocked, this year’s 9 Series phones will only be available at T-Mobile or unlocked. 

“The OnePlus 9 series will not be available at Verizon,” OnePlus confirmed to CNET in a statement. The statement goes on to add that “Verizon and OnePlus remain strategic partners and look forward to future launches,” adding that 2020’s OnePlus 8 5G UW will “continue to be sold and supported” at the nation’s largest wireless carrier. 

As with its other recent phones, the new unlocked versions of the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will be compatible with Verizon and AT&T’s 4G LTE networks. OnePlus tells CNET that it is working with Verizon to certify the new phones for the carrier’s various 5G networks. If certified by Verizon, the OnePlus 9 Pro would work on its low-band, millimeter-wave and upcoming C-band midband flavors of 5G while the OnePlus 9 would work on Verizon’s low-band and C-band networks.

This lines up with the phones’ support for T-Mobile. The OnePlus 9 Pro will work on the carrier’s existing low-band, midband and millimeter-wave 5G networks while the OnePlus 9 — which lacks the hardware needed to connect to millimeter-wave networks —  will work on its low-band and midband 5G networks. Both OnePlus devices will support T-Mobile’s C-band spectrum even though that network won’t be available until at least the end of 2023.

The new phones will be available on April 2 at OnePlus.com, Amazon, Best Buy and B&H.  

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