When OnePlus announced its partnership with T-Mobile and the store that the magenta carrier is ready to offer, the mouth dropped. But as usual, this deal comes with some precautions. The majority of these will hurt people who love to stumble, something that a large part of the OnePlus community likes.
6T is the first OnePlus phone with official support from the US operator. Even though their phones have always worked online, it's the first time you can buy and fund your phone directly from a T-Mobile store. To make the deal even more attractive, the already low phone will be even cheaper. As of November 1, T-Mobile allows new and existing customers to get $ 300 discounts when they trade in one of 30 different eligible devices.
The problem is that many phones officially released through T-Mobile make the carrier hard to mess. Instead of letting the phone unlock with the pop-up commands out of the box, T-Mobile unlocks its version with a token code that you must first request. To make matters worse, you can not get this sign if you do not pay off the phone, which, following your payment plan, would be after two years. Without an unlocked boot charger, it is unlikely to rot. But the variant sold through OnePlus website will not have the problem, and remain the best phone for voting.
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The Problem with T-Mobile's OnePlus 6T Deal
The problem with the T-Mobile version of OnePlus 6T begins with the deal itself. First, T-Mobile only sells the Midnight Black version of the phone. This means that the cheapest OnePlus 6T sold in T-Mobile stores will be $ 579 compared to the $ 549 Mirror Black version sold on the OnePlus website.
Then it's $ 300 off. This discount is an invoice credit that will be spread over a two-year equipment installment plan. Starting with your second billing cycle with your phone, your T-Mobile bill will decrease by $ 11.67 ($ 300 divided by 24 months). For JUMP users, to take advantage of this discount, you would need to buy the phone in its entirety and buy a qualified phone. JUMP On Demand customers would have to buy the phone in full and pay the balance of the balance. When the submission was received, they could make use of the offer.
But the biggest problem is that you have to pay off your phone to unlock the charger. Unlike SIM-unlocked OnePlus 6T that you can purchase from the manufacturer, you can not use keyboard shortcuts to unlock it. Instead, you must request a token from this site, and this code will only be provided when your phone has been paid in its entirety.
But what if you want to pay the phone directly? Well, you will then address two problems. The first one is to take advantage of $ 300 off, you have to wait the 24 months since the discount comes in the form of an invoice credit. This means that if you finish the lease agreement in the first month by paying $ 580, you will lose the bill.
Okay, what if you skip the entire invoice credit and paid the full price? T-Mobile will still make you wait. After chatting with a OnePlus roam at the phone's unveiling, we were told that you still have to wait 40 days to request the token. In other words, the phone must be paid and 40 days must have passed since purchase before you can get an unlock code.
The SIM card must be active during that time, so you have to continue to pay for service through T-Mobile specifically. After 40 days, you can request the token, unlock the charger and enjoy TWRP, custom ROMs, Magic and Xposed, which your other OnePlus 6T users with the SIM-enabled version made over a month ago.
And just to add insult to injury, in the 40 days or two years you have the phone, your phone will have T-Mobile bloatware. According to the XDA member charlie620, this includes T-Mobile apps, a T-Mobile boot animation and T-Mobile audio. Oh, and you're losing dual SIM support because the T-Mobile version only supports one single nano SIM.
If you love to rob and modify your phone, you must forward this store. There is no profit in this situation. Either you pay for the phone in its entirety, wait 40 days and lose the credit, or you finance your phone and lose rotatability for two years. If you love this mobile's simple ability to stumble and enjoy full control over the phone, the T-Mobile variants give a hard pass.