What you need to know
- The unlocked variants of the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are now supported on Verizon's network.
- You can switch over to the carrier's network via its Bring Your Own Device program.
- The process was actually fast-tracked compared to OnePlus' initial estimate of June.
OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro owners rejoice! Your unlocked phone can finally be connected to Verizon's network, officially and without breaking anything. The news comes via the company's George Koreonos, who took to Twitter to spread the good word:
The process of switching over is also quick, painless, and easily done via the company's website. Ever the helpful guy, George even has a video to guide you through the process:
Real talk. If you break or lose your phone, you have options, especially if you have an older phone lying around. Here's a short video I made about how to switch to another phone — even if it's not from @Verizon — and quickly get back up and running. DM me if you need more help. pic.twitter.com/hXNAljhDMS— George Koroneos 🗿🍹 (@GLKCreative) April 9, 2020
The certification also comes much earlier than expected. As Android Police reports, OnePlus' initial estimate of when users could officially switch over to the carrier was targeting "June, at the latest."
The issue seemed to revolve around the fact that OnePlus hadn't provided a list of unlocked IMEI numbers to Verizon, which the carrier could then mark as compatible with its network. That seems to have happened now, so go ahead and take your 'Flagship Killer' for a spin.
Do note, though, that the unlocked version of both phones is different from the Verizon model; they don't have mmWave-compatible 5G modems and, therefore, won't be able to connect to Verizon's 5G network. For that, you'll need to buy the Verizon model, available from the carrier's website here.
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