on 19-04-2020 19:28
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).
on 20-04-2020 10:24
o2's 5G bands are constant, so it is more a case of if the OP8 supports the correct bands.
o2 uses bands 3 and 20 for 5G (1800MHz & 800MHz).
Looking at gsmarena for the OP8, it supports both of those bands (although it shows band 20 as LTE which is 4G and not 5G).
A good place to look is https://willmyphonework.net/, but they don't have the OP8 on the list yet...
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20-04-2020 10:54 - edited 20-04-2020 10:58
I don't think that is correct re: O2 5G bands. All info I can find says O2 is using 5G band n78 (3500MHz) for 5G currently, and they also have frequency in 5G band n40 (2300MHz) but I don't think that's active yet. n78 is supported by OP8/OP8P (but n40 isn't).
Bands b3 and b20 are 4G/4G+ bands.
on 21-04-2020 00:45
on 24-04-2020 19:09
Can confirm that the network automatic listing on my phone only lists "2G/3G/4G" (no 5G). I am in a non-5G area though, and I don't know if that makes a difference.
I do wonder if O2 has to whitelist the device for 5G on their network before 5G will work. I can only test that at work, but will be some time until I'm back in the office.
on 25-04-2020 20:52
I got a reply from OnePlus support that they're aware and working on an update to enable 5G working on O2, apparently. Obviously they are not committing to a timeline but say they'll announce on social media channels when available.