A lot of hard work went into launching the OnePlus brand all those years ago, and, since then, the company has locked itself in as one of the best options out there for someone who wants to get an Android-based smartphone with plenty of worthwhile features without necessarily breaking the bank to get it. Yes, OnePlus has been raising prices on a regular basis, but, when compared to devices like the Galaxy S9 it's still a better option for someone who's not looking to spend so much money on a single device.
For all intents and purposes it looks like OnePlus had another successful launch on its hands earlier this year with the OnePlus 6. But, as is par for the course, the company saw fit to launch a slightly better version later in the year, debuting the OnePlus 6T not too long ago. That handset saw a slightly bigger display and battery compared to the OnePlus 6, so it didn't go without its obvious improvements (if you're into big screens, that is).
But it sounds like a U.S. carrier launch really helped things.
Earlier today, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau weighed in on the sales numbers for the company's newest flagship smartphone, and while he didn't go into the most detail ever, we do know that compared to the OnePlus 6, the OnePlus 6T sales were up 249 percent in the first 30 days of its availability.
That's quite the jump! OnePlus has to be happy with those numbers, even if we don't know the nitty gritty (are we talking hundreds, thousands, hundreds of thousands?) details. We can't ignore the fact that the OnePlus 6T supports Verizon's network, too, which is a huge boost for the device. But, that doesn't mean you can walk into a Verizon store and buy a OnePlus 6T.
You can walk into a participating T-Mobile store and find yourself a new OnePlus-branded flagship, though. And I think it's safe to say that the partnership with the magenta un-carrier had to be a boon for OnePlus. It isn't a secret that in the United States the vast majority of smartphone buyers want to get their handset from a store, and usually that means preferably from their wireless carrier of choice.
Most customers just want to see the handset they're going to buy in person before they actually pull the trigger on a purchase. Getting to use it, to make sure it's what they're looking for is also important. The fact that people were able to get their hands on a OnePlus 6T before they put their hard earned cash down for it probably helped bring up those sales.
Those lofty sales numbers got me curious. If you were on the fence with the OnePlus 6T initially, did you go into a T-Mobile store to check one out? And, if so, did you change your mind and actually buy one because it launched on the un-carrier's network? Let me know!