Verizon will sell OnePlus phones directly in 2020, report says

OnePlus seems set to continue to expand its US carrier distribution next year.

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A new report suggests that OnePlus could be officially coming to Verizon next year. 

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OnePlus already sells its phones through T-Mobile and Sprint , and now it appears the company is set to add Verizon next year. 

Citing "sources familiar with the companies' plans," Android Police reported Monday that the two companies have signed a deal that will have Verizon offer a OnePlus phone next year. The report doesn't detail exactly when the new phone will arrive or if it will support Verizon's millimeter-wave 5G network. 

OnePlus currently sells its 6T and 7 Pro phones at T-Mobile in the US and recently launched a 5G version of the 7 Pro with Sprint. That 5G version, however, uses Sprint's midband 5G network, which is similar in technology to other next-gen networks overseas.

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Unlocked versions of OnePlus phones like the 6T and 7 Pro currently support Verizon's 4G LTE network and have passed the carrier's certification testing, but Verizon doesn't sell them directly. 

A separate report from Phone Arena earlier this week claimed that Verizon will carry a version of OnePlus' next phone, the 7T Pro 5G, in the future. The phone-maker on Monday announced that it will be revealing its next series of phones on Sep. 26. And CNET previously reported that OnePlus will be introducing a phone with a 90Hz display and a cheaper price than its 7 Pro, which currently starts at $669 in the US. 

No timeline was given for when the 5G model might arrive on Verizon, though it will reportedly be a "McLaren Edition" of the OnePlus 7T Pro and have a carbon fiber back. 

OnePlus and Verizon declined to comment on the reports. 

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