When the OnePlus One launched in 2004, it was positioned as a flagship killer. We were told to “never settle,” because we were getting a phone with flagship specs at a fraction of the price. Each successive iteration has improved on the last, even if the price has crept up a little since then, but now the company could be getting its biggest boost yet by partnering with T-Mobile for the US launch later this year.

OnePlus has always marketed itself as this scrappy little upstart that aimed to buck the trend and take on the big boys. They went bold with the “invite only” system and selling their phones only unlocked and direct to consumer really went against what all the big players were doing. But if OnePlus wants to grow, it needs to get into the mainstream game too.

With the OnePlus 6 earlier this year, the company managed to sell sell one million units in a little over three weeks. When you consider that some 75 percent of cell phone sales in the US are through carriers, this T-Mobile partnership for the OnePlus 6T could really skyrocket those sales figures.

According to “people familiar with the launch plans,” T-Mobile will be selling a version of the OnePlus 6T that is “optimized” for the uncarrier’s network. This might mean it’ll work on T-Mobile’s new 600MHz infrastructure.


If you’re worried that you won’t be able to get an unlocked OnePlus 6T, don’t fret. In addition to the T-Mobile version (will it come in magenta?), the company will surely sell a regular unlocked version too. No word on pricing or specifics, of course, but we can expect the OnePlus 6T to look virtually identical to the OnePlus 6 with beefed up specs, just like we got with the OnePlus 5T.

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