Oneplus One Carrier Compatibility

  1. hellotiger Froyo May 19, 2014

    hellotiger, May 19, 2014 :
    It seems that Oneplus One is one of the most versatile phones that are compatible with most of the carriers worldwide. Few existing phones have such a wide carrier support.

    I'd like to start a new thread bout Oneplus One's carrier compatibility, including which mode it supports. This is mostly derived from the specifications of the Oneplus One radio bands and the carrier network bands. First Oneplus One supported network frequency bands:
    • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    • WCDMA 1/2/4/5/8 (2100/1900/1700/850/900 MHz)
    • LTE 1/3/4/7/17/38/40 (2100 MHz FDD/1800 MHz FDD/1700 MHz FDD/2600 MHz FDD/700 MHz band 17 FDD/2600 MHz TDD/2300 MHz TDD)
    GSM is a 2G technology that does not support high speed data links. WCDMA is a 3G technology that supports high speed mobile data. Currently the so called 3.5G HSPA+ 21Mbps and 42Mbps are the popular WCDMA networks. LTE is the dominant 4G technology that supports maximum data speed no less than 100Mbps.

    Oneplus One does not support CDMA networks so carriers like Verizon and Sprint in USA are out of the question. Also because Oneplus One is unlocked and sold directly to consumers without carrier involvement, only those carriers that allow smartphone BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) can be supported. Some carriers won't allow you to bring your own smartphone even if it is compatible with their networks. Also please note that some carriers use multiple bands to cover both urban and rural areas. Oneplus One may only support partial bands, especially LTE bands. This is usually not a big problem as LTE networks are still spotty in most areas and you can always fall back to 2G/3G mode if necessary.

    Most GSM carriers are well supported. But some are restricted to 2G only. For example, China Mobile is a GSM carrier but it uses TD-SCDMA as its 3G network that Oneplus One does not support. While in Japan and South Korea there are not GSM networks but some carriers support WCDMA. Oneplus One can be used in 3G mode. Theoretically if LTE is supported then it should work but because LTE network coverage is still not complete there is a good chance it falls back to 2G or 3G. Also VoLTE is not generally deployed so 2G and 3G networks are mostly still used for voice communications.

    Because the huge amount of LTE bands, it is very difficult for a phone to support so many bands in a single SKU. But Oneplus One is surprisingly good in supporting as many bands as possible for LTE networks in Asia, America and Europe. Nonetheless, it has very complete support for 2G and 3G in case LTE network is not accessible. All in all, it is a truely global phone.

    OPO particularly lacks some rural bands, such as band 5 (850 MHz FDD) which is widely used in South Korea and band 20 (800 MHz FDD) which is widely used in Europe which may affect its coverage.

    Very detailed lists of carrier network bands can be found here and you can check the compatibility of Oneplus One with the carriers:
    2G (GSM): http://www.worldtimezone.com/gsm.html
    3G (WCDMA): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UMTS_networks
    4G (LTE): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LTE_networks

    An incomplete list of some carrier compability (more can be found in the above links):

    • Verizon (Does not support)
    • Sprint (Does not support)
    • AT&T (GSM, WCDMA, LTE)
    • T-Mobile (GSM, WCDMA, LTE)
    • All AT&T and T-Mobile MVNOs that allow smartphone BYOD including AIO, Cricket, H2O, Airvoice, PTEL, Solavi, etc.
    • Rogers (GSM, WCDMA, LTE)
    • Telus (GSM, WCDMA, LTE)
    • Bell (GSM, WCDMA, LTE)
    • Wind (WCDMA)
    • Mobilicity (WCDMA)
    • Videotron (WCDMA, LTE)
    • SaskTel (WCDMA, LTE)
    • MTS (WCDMA, LTE)
    • China Mobile (GSM, LTE)
    • China Telecom (LTE)
    • China Unicom (GSM, WCDMA, LTE)
    • EMobile (WCDMA, LTE)
    • Softbank (WCDMA, LTE)
    • NTT Docomo (WCDMA, LTE band 1, 3 only)
    South Korea
    • KT (WCDMA, LTE band 3 only)
    • SK Telecom (WCDMA, LTE band 3 only)
    • LG U+ (LTE band 1 only)
    Hong Kong
    • 3 (GSM, WCDMA, LTE)
    • China Mobile (LTE)
    • Smartone (GSM, WCDMA, LTE)
    • Chunghwa Telecom (GSM, WCDMA)
    • FarEasTone (GSM, WCDMA)
    • Taiwan Mobile (GSM, WCDMA)
    • O2 (GSM, WCDMA)
    • EE (GSM, WCDMA, LTE)
    • Vodafone (GSM, WCDMA)
    • 3 (GSM, WCDMA, LTE band 3 only)
    • E-Plus (GSM, WCDMA, LTE)
    • O2 (GSM, WCDMA)
    • Deutsche TeleKom (GSM, WCDMA, LTE band 3, 7 only)
    • Vodafone (GSM, WCDMA, LTE)
    Last edited: May 20, 2014

  2. choi9123 Froyo May 19, 2014

    choi9123, May 19, 2014 :
    KT and SK, oneplus doesn't support band 5 so it's partial. if oneplus one supports VoLTE then it might work on Uplus as well because they deployed all the LTE masts all over the country, for the very first time so yea. They don't go CDMA unless we make a phone call and lots of Koreans are already using VoLTE so that has a possibility too if the software problem is solved.

  3. dnb925art Froyo May 19, 2014

    dnb925art, May 19, 2014 :
    I'll be using this on T-Mo's $30/month plan (100 minutes voice, 5GB data and unlimited text). Still one of the best prepair plans out there if you don't mind the low voice minutes.

  4. romanczy Cupcake May 19, 2014

  5. ChrisTahoe Gingerbread May 19, 2014

  6. hellotiger Froyo May 19, 2014

    hellotiger, May 19, 2014 :
    I think T-Mobile WiFi calling only works with their store phones. Nexus 5 from play store does not support wifi calling AFAIK. So it is unlikely OPO supports that.

  7. theslimshadyist Jelly Bean May 19, 2014

    theslimshadyist, May 19, 2014 :
    There use to be a "Carrier Compatibility" sticky but I just checked and it's no longer there so search would be the best option.

  8. choi9123 Froyo May 19, 2014

    choi9123, May 19, 2014 :
    and Canada, not GSM with Wind. they don't have 2G and it works with Mobilicity as well and some other small carriers.

  9. hellotiger Froyo May 19, 2014

    hellotiger, May 19, 2014 :
    Yeah I found that but I posted some new information about carrier compatibility with explanations of 2G/3G/4G modes supported and stuff. I think it is helpful for newbies.

  10. hellotiger Froyo May 19, 2014

    hellotiger, May 19, 2014 :
    Thank you for pointing out this. I just revised my post.

  11. TwoGlass Froyo May 19, 2014

  12. hellotiger Froyo May 19, 2014

    hellotiger, May 19, 2014 :
    It is very difficult as Verizon has a tight control over their devices. Many users were frustrated with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus in the past so Google decided to skip Verizon with Nexus 4 and Nexus 5.

  13. choi9123 Froyo May 19, 2014

    choi9123, May 19, 2014 :
    Also, like i mentioned, its partially lte in korea. If a smartphone wants to support 3 all major carriers in Korea then they should support all these.

    cdma 800-sk 1800-uplus
    wcdma 2100-sk, kt
    lte 850(5)-all 900(8)-kt 1800(3)-sk,kt 2100(1)-uplus 2600(7)-uplus

    however, Uplus doesn't have WCDMA masts. so at least it should support those bands to work perfectly with 2 major carriers(KT and SK)

    wcdma 2100-sk kt
    lte 850(5)-all 900(8)-kt 1800(3)-sk,kt

    however, opo doesn't support band 5 so.. yea.

  14. Rctower910 Froyo May 19, 2014

    Rctower910, May 19, 2014 :
    Can't wait to walk into an AT&T store and have them stare at this thing not knowing what it is lol

  15. hellotiger Froyo May 19, 2014

    hellotiger, May 19, 2014 :
    Thanks. I added more details.

  16. tytanmcbride Ice Cream Sandwich May 19, 2014

  17. hellotiger Froyo May 19, 2014

    hellotiger, May 19, 2014 :
    Verizon LTE is not supported by OPO unless it changes its policy to allow BYOD and supports VoLTE for voice. As more and more phones are directly sold to consumers like OPO, Verizon may be forced to do this one day ...
    Last edited: May 19, 2014

  18. choi9123 Froyo May 19, 2014

    choi9123, May 19, 2014 :
    *EE is Orange UK and T-Mobile UK
    GSM: 900-O2 Vodafone, 1800-O2 EE Vodafone
    WCDMA : 900-O2 Vodafone, 2100-all uk
    LTE : 800(20) - all uk 1800(3)-Three EE 2600(7) EE LTE-A and Vodafone

    add it
    so all carriers supports GSM and WCDMA basically, but to LTE
    no LTE for O2, partial LTE and Three, EE, Vodafone. But I have no idea if band 7 LTE masts are deplyed yet for Vodafone.

  19. evilmititis Jelly Bean May 19, 2014

  20. hellotiger Froyo May 19, 2014

    hellotiger, May 19, 2014 :
    Very few phones support band 5 and both band 3 and 4. Even Nexus 5 has to use two SKUs. It is really a headache to support American, Asian, and European LTE bands at the same time for travellers.