The OnePlus 8 Series was announced earlier this month as the company’s most ambitious smartphones yet. Notably, they include many high-end display features, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, 5G support, and overall fewer compromises than previous generation OnePlus phones. While you can technically use international OnePlus 8 (review) and OnePlus 8 Pro (review) units in the U.S., the two smartphones haven’t officially been released in the U.S. yet. That changes today as the devices are on sale now from OnePlus.com, Amazon, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
Take note of some carrier peculiarities before you go online to buy a device. T-Mobile and Verizon will only carry the OnePlus 8 and not the 8 Pro. The models they will be selling have 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Interstellar Glow color is exclusive to T-Mobile while the Polar Silver color is exclusive to Verizon (this exclusivity only applies to the U.S. market). Verizon’s OnePlus 8 has mmWave antennas to support Verizon’s Ultra Wideband 5G network, while other versions of the OnePlus 8 do not support mmWave 5G. Interestingly, the T-Mobile and Verizon versions of the OnePlus 8 will have an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, whereas the unlocked model purchased through OnePlus.com or Amazon does not have an IP rating. That doesn’t necessarily mean the unlocked model is less resistant to dust and water, but that the carrier models have simply gone through the certification tests necessary to attain the IP rating.
As mentioned previously, while the unlocked OnePlus 8 does work in the United States, there is one big reason why you might want to buy the Verizon model if you’re on Big Red’s network. It’s normally possible to use an unlocked OnePlus phone on Verizon as an LTE-only device by calling up the company and asking for CDMA-less provisioning. However, the unlocked OnePlus 8 Series devices do not fully support Verizon yet, which means you won’t get calls or texts on them, though 4G LTE mobile data will still work. OnePlus told Android Police that this issue will be fixed by June, so if you need calls, texts, and 5G mmWave on Verizon, you’ll want to purchase the device through the carrier.
Update 4/30/2020 @ 6:50 PM EST: As reported by AndroidPolice, unlocked OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro units can now be used on Verizon provided you undergo CDMA-less provisioning. This will allow you to have calls, text messages, and mobile data over the network’s LTE grid. You can’t access Verizon’s 5G network unless you purchase the OnePlus 8 5G UW through Verizon, however. If you have trouble getting service on Verizon, you may have to ask for higher-level customer support to add CDMA-less access to your account.
T-Mobile is offering a number of deals for potential OnePlus 8 buyers. New and existing customers can get up to half off the OnePlus 8 5G with 24 monthly bill credits when they activate a new line of service or trade-in an eligible device. If you don’t want to do a trade-in or add a new line, you can get the OnePlus 8 5G for $29.17/month ($0 down, FRP: $699.99) for 24 months on T-Mobile’s no-interest Equipment Installment Plan.
Here’s a quick rundown of T-Mobile’s trade-in offers:
For $350 off:
- Apple iPhone: X or XR
- Samsung: Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Note 10, or Galaxy Note 10+
- NOT eligible: Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
- Google: Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL
- OnePlus: 7T, 7 Pro, or 7
- NOT eligible: OnePlus 7T Pro 5G
For $200 off:
- Apple iPhone: 7, 7 Plus, 8, or 8 Plus (any variant)
- Samsung: Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+
- Google: Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3A XL, or Pixel 3A
- OnePlus: 6 or 6T
Both OnePlus 8 devices are also available from the company’s website and Amazon. Check out the chart below to see how the pricing breaks down for the different colors and storage options.
OnePlus.com & Amazon Pricing
OnePlus 8 Pro – OnePlus.com
OnePlus 8 Pro – Amazon
OnePlus 8 – OnePlus.com
OnePlus 8 – Amazon
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