And the same will continue this year, according to a new report from CNET. It's rumoured that OnePlus will be selling the 6T will be offered as both an unlocked version and a carrier-only model. Those are early numbers that could still change, but they line up with OnePlus' previous releases.
Somewhere north of 75 percent of all smartphone sales go through carriers in the United States, which makes having a carrier partner a key element for any smartphone maker that wants to break into the big leagues.
You may finally be able to buy a OnePlus phone through a carrier in the U.S. No, not the OnePlus 6 - but rather, the upcoming, unannounced OnePlus 6T.
CNET reported this morning that the OnePlus 6T will launch with T-Mobile in October, its first U.S. carrier partner.More news: Aretha Franklin's family confirm she is "seriously ill"
We learned a few months ago that OnePlus was now negotiating partner terms with at least one USA carrier, but we didn't know which one.
Getting into the USA smartphone market usually requires OEMs to work with carriers first, usually with ultra-cheap budget phones to start.
Out of all the carriers, T-Mobile certainly makes the most sense. And the OnePlus 6 already has a notch.
The phone should cost around $550 (a slight step up from the OnePlus 6's $530 price) and the T-Mobile version will be "optimized for T-Mobile's network" - specifically the company's 600Mhz band.
Bargain hunters have always had a lot to like from OnePlus, and any that are in a T-Mobile store will probably have a hard time missing the flagship looks and lower price of the OnePlus 6T.