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Latest Open Beta for OnePlus 6 introduces new service: OnePlus Roaming

The OnePlus 6. (Source: Android Central)
The OnePlus 6. (Source: Android Central)
Open Beta 7, the latest in a series of in-testing stock ROMs available to owners of the OnePlus 6 to test out, contains an interesting new feature. It is OnePlus Roaming, a SIM-independent form of access to the internet that can be purchased directly on the 6 - and only the 6 for now.

The OnePlus Open Beta program offers users with some of the company's phones to download a form of the official OS that has advance access to new features that may be included in a future stable stock build. Both these beta and stable versions are called Oxygen OS, OnePlus' skin for Android. The latest Open Beta (7) for the OnePlus 6 has sprung a surprise on users: OnePlus Roaming.

This new service is a way of connecting to the internet without using a SIM or WiFi. In this way, it is somewhat like Hotspot 2.0 for Windows. Roaming, which is accessed via Settings on the 6, offers a certain amount of data over a set number of days in various countries. It could be an option for travellers whose SIM-based roaming turns out not to be supported once they reach their destination, or turns out to be unfeasibly costly.

It is interesting that this feature has been released in a beta developed for the OnePlus 6, and not its successor the 6T. This suggests that the Roaming service is not completely bug-free yet, and needs more testing. Alternatively, the company could be using Open Beta 7 as a soak test before rolling it out in greater volumes to all its users. Either way, it may be an interesting diversion for owners of this 2018 flagship.

More details on OnePlus Roaming from the company's official community site. (Source: OnePlus)
More details on OnePlus Roaming from the company's official community site. (Source: OnePlus)

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-11-21 (Update: 2018-11-21)