OnePlus 9 series: Verizon announces the phones' certification for its 5G network
The OnePlus 9 series has now launched in the US, as indeed it has worldwide. However, it encountered a potentially significant stumbling block in that market at its unveiling, which was that neither its vanilla or Pro variants were capable of connecting to the Verizon network.
However, George Koroneos, a social-media rep for the carrier, has confirmed that the new premium Android devices have now been certified by the company. Therefore, they can now use Verizon 5G (and 4G/LTE) bands, as well as those of its pay-as-you-go arm Visible.
Accordingly, OnePlus fans with these carriers can, as Koroneos notes, go ahead and buy either new variant through their preferred vendor. This, then, inadvertently highlights the fact that the handsets are not available directly through the carrier, as various previous generations (including the 8 and 7T series) of the OEM's flagships have been.
Similarly, Visible does not offer the 9 or 9 Pro, even though it does still stock the 8 5G. Therefore, it now looks like the well-promoted partnership between OnePlus and Verizon has fallen through in 2021...something both parties have kept fairly quiet until now if so.