The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro are now certified for use on the Verizon network, meaning Verizon customers can use the phones with the carrier’s 5G network; without certification, the phones would be limited to LTE. The news was announced today by a Verizon representative, but the timeline is a bit unclear. OnePlus had said it would work with Verizon, but there were no promises that it would happen at the launch of the phone.
The 5G story was a bit confusing for the OnePlus 9 series phones from the start. Only the Pro model has the ultra-fast mmWave and at the announcement the phones were only listed as 5G compatible on T-Mobile’s network. Even with today’s news, AT&T customers who buy a OnePlus 9 will continue to pay for 5G that they cannot currently use. The OnePlus compatibility table (which can be found on the OnePlus 9 or 9 Pro pre-order page) currently lists the phones as not AT&T compatible bands.
Despite the initial confusion, it’s good that the phone can now be used in full on two of the three major US carriers. The phones are still not in the Verizon store, but if you buy an unlocked OnePlus 9 or 9 Pro you can use them with an existing or new Verizon account.