OnePlus comes to an agreement with T-Mobile about twelve months ago to sell OnePlus 6T and the partnership was subsequently extended earlier this year to cover OnePlus 7 Pro. More recently, OnePlus has announced a separate agreement with Sprint that says would have seen the operator sells OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. Now, it seems that Chinese society has its eyes on Verizon.
OnePlus 8 Pro can be launched on Verizon and T-Mobile
The normal OnePlus 7T Pro may not reach the US, but recent rumors suggest that OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition will come to market. But unlike previous-branded smartphones sold through T-Mobile and Sprint, this particular device will be launched as a Verizon exclusive by the end of the year.
Big Red isn’t planning any other version of OnePlus in 2019 than you might understand, but a report released today by Android Police suggests that next year could be a completely different story. Like T-Mobile, Verizon appears to have reached an agreement with OnePlus to offer its devices in 2020. This information is confirmed by Max J. tipster who believes the complete line could be available.
Once the OnePlus 7T series is released worldwide in October, OnePlus should not launch any other devices for at least another six or seven months. Therefore, the first conventional brand smartphone that will be available on Verizon could be OnePlus 8 Pro.
Little is known about this particular model at the moment, but it seems to be the most logical launch for Verizon. After all, the current OnePlus strategy seems to focus on the launch of Pro models in the first half of the year for the US market and on the normal T-branded devices in the second half. This strategy also means that Verizon can launch OnePlus 8T in just over twelve months.
OnePlus and Verizon deal could face obstacles
Although the sources claim that Verizon and OnePlus hope to continue moving forward with the current agreement, there is no denying that the future partnership faces a major obstacle. Ultimately, this could lead to the elimination of the agreement in the near future or even at the last minute, just like Huawei’s failed collaboration with AT&T in January 2018.
As some of you already know, President Trump has already threatened to impose a 15% tariff on all smartphones imported from China. Initially, the change would take effect at the beginning of September, but the administration finally delayed it until mid-December to avoid an immediate impact on American consumers. Companies like Apple are expected to absorb additional costs and be hit by profits, while companies like Google have resorted to relocating production to Vietnam. OnePlus, on the other hand, operates with significantly lower profit margins. This makes it almost impossible to absorb the financial impact and an increase in prices for consumers is essentially inevitable.
This change may not prevent loyal fans from buying OnePlus devices, but it will certainly discourage regular customers from buying phones. After all, the change would mean separating yourself from a significant amount of extra money (the price of OnePlus 7 Pro could increase by over $100) and also reduce the gap between OnePlus flagships and the latest offers from Samsung and Apple.
In the end, only time will tell how all this develops for OnePlus, but a partnership with Verizon could be extremely beneficial to the company. After all, the company is currently the largest operator in the US. And it can guarantee access to more customers than T-Mobile and Sprint combined.
(Via: Android Police)
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