OnePlus 6T purportedly coming to T-Mobile this October
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The smartphone market in the U.S. is typically dominated by Apple, Samsung, Motorola, and LG products because major US carriers push very specific models to customers in their brick-and-mortar locations. Manufacturers like Huawei, HTC, Sony, and others who may be missing out on the shelf space get much less exposure to consumers and thus suffer from comparatively lower sales.
OnePlus is apparently gearing up to change all this. According to sources close to CNet, the Chinese manufacturer will be teaming up with T-Mobile to offer the forthcoming OnePlus 6T directly to its customers for a price of $550 USD. While its specifications are a mystery, the T-Mobile-specific version could carry a special radio for compatibility with the network's new 600 MHz band. Users outside of the T-Mobile network can still purchase the global version of the OnePlus 6T that is also expected to launch simultaneously with the T-Mobile version.
The wide-reaching marketing push from T-Mobile should give OnePlus a significant advantage over competing Chinese OEMs in the North American market like Huawei, ZTE, and Xiaomi. These manufacturers in particular have had little success breaking into the U.S. market due to having almost zero marketing support from U.S. carriers and even pushback from the federal government.