OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will eventually work on Verizon’s 5G network — just not at launch

OnePlus 9 vs. OnePlus 9 ProSource: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central

The OnePlus 9 is now official, delivering big upgrades over its predecessor. Then there’s the OnePlus 9 Pro, which delivers one of the best cameras on any phone today. Pre-orders are now live, and both phones will be up for sale in the U.S. starting April 2.

While there’s plenty to like in the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, the phones are limited in one area: 5G connectivity. Both phones will only work on T-Mobile’s 5G network in the U.S. at launch — even if you buy the unlocked versions. The OnePlus 9 Pro has N1, 2, 3, 7, 25, 28, 41, 66, 71, 78 bands for Sub-6 and even comes with the requisite mmWave connectivity for Verizon — N258, 260, 261 — but the phone will not work on the carrier’s 5G network.

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The regular OnePlus 9 misses out on mmWave, but it has plenty of Sub-6 bands: N1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78. So what’s going on here? OnePlus says that the devices have been certified for T-Mobile at launch, so you can only use it on the carrier’s 5G networks or any MVNO that uses T-Mobile’s 5G, like Google Fi.

In the meantime, OnePlus has clarified that the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will work on Verizon’s 5G network at some point:

At launch, the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will be compatible with Verizon’s 4G LTE network. OnePlus continues to work with Verizon to certify both the 9 and 9 Pro on its 5G network. An update will be provided at a later date.

Verizon and OnePlus remain strategic partners and look forward to future launches. The OnePlus 8 5G UW will continue to be sold and supported via Verizon.

With the OnePlus 9 only offering Sub-6 5G connectivity, it is possible that we’ll see a Verizon SKU with mmWave 5G bands — just like last year’s OnePlus 8 UW.

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All the upgrades you care about

The OnePlus 9 makes it easier than ever to access the best features from the OnePlus 9 Pro. You get a stunning 120Hz AMOLED display, a 48MP camera with Hasselblad tuning that takes fantastic photos, 50MP wide-angle lens, the latest internal hardware, and 65W wired charging with 50W wireless charging. The 5G situation is far from ideal, but that’s set to change in the coming months.

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