1. ironass's Avatar
    According to GSMArena, in this article, the T-Mobile (USA) variant of the OnePlus 6T is running a different, carrier branded, firmware to the Global models. Whilst the phone can be carrier unlocked after 40 days...

    "Also, T-Mobile can unlock your phone and let you use it with other carriers as long as you've been connected to their network for at least 40 consecutive days and you've paid off the remaining balance before the contract ends."

    The T-Mobile (USA) variant firmware has a couple of non-removable bloatware apps and will prevent users from partaking in the OnePlus Open Beta programme which allows users to receive new features and firmwares, sometimes, months in advance...

    "And now some bad news. T-Mobile OnePlus 6T devices won't be able to participate in the OxygenOS Open Beta program and uninstall the additional software that T-Mobile pre-loads. On the other hand, the bloatware is pretty limited compared to other devices. We are referring to the Unlock app (for network unlocking) and the T-Mobile account manager app. According to a Reddit post, there's a way to uninstall the other two apps: Name ID and Visual Voicemail."

    Updates are likely to be slower to the T-Mobile (USA) variant as they will need to be certified by the carrier first and we all know how well that works with other phone manufacturers.

    So, whilst T-Mobile (USA) variant owners will receive a slightly subsidised phone it will not provide the stock OnePlus experience that the global model offers.

    I predict that once some T-Mobile (USA) variant users realise this, there will be a wailing and the gnashing of teeth that we have witnessed over the years with other U.S. carrier models.

    Bottom line... "If you want the full, unfettered, OnePlus phone experience... pay the full price and get yourself the Global model."
    Javier P likes this.
    11-12-2018 02:58 PM
  2. bhatech's Avatar
    It's always a no brainer for me not to buy from carriers unless it's iPhone since the carriers have zero leverage with Apple. But I do realize that majority don't care about updates etc and they want to buy only from carriers, have many friends and family who do that and don't bother about all this.

    Personally I got from OnePlus direct since I want faster updates, dual SIM and want no relation with carriers in terms of phone other than providing bandwidth. But 99% of the people aren't going to care about this.
    11-12-2018 04:30 PM
  3. fuzzylumpkin's Avatar
    I'm really not sure why anyone would have expected anything different...
    ironass likes this.
    11-12-2018 04:57 PM
  4. xocomaox's Avatar
    "So, whilst T-Mobile (USA) variant owners will receive a slightly subsidised phone it will not provide the stock OnePlus experience that the global model offers."

    This is incorrect. They will get the same "stock" OnePlus experience as if buying from OnePlus, except without beta software updates. Unless you consider Ope Beta to be a stock experience.

    And once you can unlock the bootloader, you can flash whatever you want on the device, which is what a lot of people still like to do with OnePlus phones. This includes Open Beta firmware images as well as the Global firmware, and of course all the custom firmware available down the road.
    11-12-2018 05:11 PM
  5. ironass's Avatar
    "So, whilst T-Mobile (USA) variant owners will receive a slightly subsidised phone it will not provide the stock OnePlus experience that the global model offers."

    This is incorrect. They will get the same "stock" OnePlus experience as if buying from OnePlus, except without beta software updates. Unless you consider Ope Beta to be a stock experience.

    And once you can unlock the bootloader, you can flash whatever you want on the device, which is what a lot of people still like to do with OnePlus phones. This includes Open Beta firmware images as well as the Global firmware, and of course all the custom firmware available down the road.
    Open Beta is a parallel firmware branch that offers new features and bugfixes on a monthly basis usually and is most definitely a stock experience since it is released and heavily and actively supported by the manufacturer, Oneplus and does not void their warranty.

    Also, the global model users are currently running the stock 9.0.5 version of the firmware that was released 05 November that has yet to make its way to the T-Mobile (USA) minority variant.
    11-12-2018 09:26 PM
  6. qtrxist's Avatar
    I bought mine too direct from oneplus. My main and only reason is to run both verizon and tmo with less bloatware.

    #dualcarrynomore
    11-13-2018 12:48 AM

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