Does the OnePlus Nord work on LTE and 5G carriers in the U.S.?

OnePlus Nord
OnePlus Nord (Image credit: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central)

Best answer: The OnePlus Nord is available in two variants: one sold in India (AC2001), and a model that's available in Europe (AC2003). The European model has global LTE bands, making it compatible for use on T-Mobile and AT&T in the U.S. That said, you miss out on 5G connectivity in the U.S.

The OnePlus Nord works on U.S. LTE networks, but there's a caveat

The OnePlus Nord isn't launching in the U.S., so if you're interested in getting your hands on OnePlus' latest phone, you will have to import it from other markets. The main issue in going down that path is compatibility; with the phone aimed at other countries, you need to make sure it has the correct LTE bands for use in the U.S.

If you want to use the Nord in the U.S., you should buy the European model.

So if you are looking to pick up the Nord in the U.S., you should get the European model. That particular variant has model number AC2003, and it comes with most of the requisite bands that you need to use the phone in the U.S. OnePlus also sells the Nord in India, but that variant (AC2001) has more limited bands, making it incompatible for use in the U.S.

These are the LTE bands that you get on the European model (AC2003) of the Nord: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/32/34/38/39/40/41/66. As a refresher, T-Mobile uses LTE bands 2/4/5/12/66/71 and AT&T relies on bands 2/4/5/12/17/29/30/66 to deliver LTE coverage. From a quick glance, the European model of the Nord has most of the requisite bands for use on U.S. LTE networks, so if you are eyeing the Nord, make sure you pick up the version with model number AC2003.

OnePlus Nord You'll miss out on 5G connectivity in the U.S.

The Nord is powered by the Snapdragon 765G chipset, and it has 5G connectivity. However, because the phone isn't launching in the U.S., it does not have the 5G bands that will make it compatible with T-Mobile or AT&T's 5G networks.

The European version of the Nord delivers 5G connectivity over bands n1/n3/n7/n28/n78, making it ineligible for use on U.S. 5G carriers. T-Mobile is rolling out service on bands n41/n71/n260/n261 and AT&T is relying on low-band coverage over n5 for its 5G network.

So while you'll still be able to use the Nord on U.S. LTE networks, you won't be able to access 5G networks in the country. That said, the OnePlus Nord still makes a fantastic case for itself in the sub-$500 segment, and the hardware on offer is unmatched right now.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is Android Central's Senior Editor of Asia. In his current role, he oversees the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, networking products, and AV gear. He has been testing phones for over a decade, and has extensive experience in mobile hardware and the global semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.