I know O2 don't stock/sell OnePlus devices anymore (including the new OP8/OP8P), but since this is the phone I'm planning on getting I'm wondering if O2's 5G will work on it? Some reports over ath OnePlus' forums indicate it isn't working - yet; if so, can we expect it to work at some point once O2 has had a chance of approving the device?
From what I can see there are no technical reasons the phone can't work on O2 5G (on the 3500MHz freqency / n78 band).
Just got a reply from OnePlus Customer Support which is not that positive...
"At this point in time, our devices will not work with O2 5G network. Our team is working on it and we will announce it on our social media channels once there is an update. However, I cannot promise you that an update will be rolled out as our team is still working towards the best possible approach on this topic. Please stay tuned to our social media channels for updates.
I am sure our team will work towards offering more options for our users in the UK with respect to 5G networks. We certainly want our users to be able to use the network provider of their choice.
We will certainly work towards this and keep you updated via social media."
So there you have it.
Seems that, back at the end of April 2020, OnePlus did a bit of restructuring in their European staffing levels. The spiel in this article indicates that OnePlus and 3 are partners for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro handsets in the UK this time around, to the exclusion of EE and O2:
Not sure what way this'll shake out for those moving to 5G, but if the OnePlus8 or 8 Pro features, it looks like a move to 3 is going to be the only surefire way to go.
I've just installed Android 11 Developer Beta 2 on my OnePlus 8 Pro.
Good news: 5G appears and is working!
Bad news: the beta is terribly bugged. Not at all usable for a 'daily driver' - Settings won't even run for more than a few seconds. VoWiFi and VoLTE don't appear to work, but then Settings won't run long enough to check if it's even turned on.
So, perhaps the next update will get 5G working on the 8 Pro.