The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro are now certified for use on the Verizon network, which means that Verizon customers will be able to use the phones with the operator’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 unclear. OnePlus had said it was working with Verizon, but there were no promises that it would do so before the phone’s launch.
The history of 5G has been a bit confusing for the OnePlus 9 series phones from the beginning. Only the Pro model has ultra-fast mmWave, and at the time of the announcement, the phones were only listed as 5G-capable on the T-Mobile network. Even with today’s news, that still leaves AT&T customers buying a OnePlus 9 paying for 5G that they cannot currently use. The OnePlus Carrier Compatibility Chart (which can be found via the OnePlus 9 or 9 Pro pre-order page) currently lists phones that don’t have AT&T-compatible bands.
Despite the initial confusion, it’s nice that the phone is now fully usable on two of the top three US carriers. Phones are not listed in the Verizon store yet, but if you buy a OnePlus 9 or 9 Pro unlocked, you can use them with a new or existing Verizon account.