Buying a OnePlus 9 is not exactly as simple as it seems.
The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro have been among the most highly anticipated smartphones of 2021, and for a good reason. Both devices offer great OLED displays, fast charging, and upgraded cameras thanks to Hasselblad and the company’s own pledge to better photography. Both these smartphones offer incredible value and can be found at a few different retailers.
Unfortunately, buying a OnePlus 9 or 9 Pro isn’t exactly as cut and dry as one may think, and there are a few things to consider when purchasing these smartphones. For instance, 5G on these phones is only compatible with T-Mobile and Verizon, so AT&T customers are seemingly out of luck. Additionally, some retailers have limited colorways, and you won’t find that fantastic Pine Green color everywhere.
Note: OnePlus has delayed the launch of the base 8GB/128GB OnePlus 9 Pro model, so you’ll be limited to the more expensive 12GB/256GB model until it becomes available.
Best Buy OnePlus Unlocked
Whether you want to order online or head over to a brick-and-mortar location, Best Buy is an excellent option to purchase the OnePlus 9 smartphones unlocked, especially if you’re a Verizon customer. Here you can order the device with protection, and you’ll get access to third-party accessories once they become available. The Pine Green colorway is also available here for the OnePlus 9 Pro.
Best Buy offers 12 and 24-month financing options to help soften the blow, and you can order the device online to be shipped to your home, or pick it up at the nearest location, depending on whichever option is convenient for you.
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OnePlus 9 Pro
The OnePlus 9 Pro represents a new commitment to smartphone photography thanks to the partnership with leading lens manufacturer Hasselblad.
Best Buy is one of the best places to pick up an unlocked OnePlus 9 or 9 Pro, with the added benefit of picking up the device from the store when it arrives.
Amazon Alexa on-board
Purchasing the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro from Amazon is pretty straightforward, and just like previous OnePlus smartphones, the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will have built-in Alexa support. Amazon even has its own mobile protection plans that users can add to their order, thanks to Asurion, which works with many major carriers.
One benefit of ordering the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro through Amazon is purchasing the devices unlocked without being tied to a mobile carrier. And of course, because it’s Amazon, you’ll get instant access to the best OnePlus 9 Pro cases and screen protectors from third-party manufacturers. The downside is that right now there doesn’t seem to be an option for the Pine Green colorway.
Amazon is one of the best places to purchase the OnePlus 9 series, especially if you want to get your hands on an unlocked model. With Amazon, you’ll have access to mobile insurance and third-party accessories to keep your shiny new phone safe from damage.
OnePlus The obvious option
One of the easiest and quickest ways to purchase a OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro is directly from OnePlus itself. The company has a pretty straightforward retail experience from its website, which now extends to the new mobile app that OnePlus recently launched in North America.
Through OnePlus, you can select from the different color variants of each phone. Buying options include purchasing either of the phones outright for the full retail amount or financing it over 24-months with 0% APR. OnePlus even offers its own device protection through Servify, should you want that extra peace of mind.
The OnePlus website is the most direct way to purchase the new OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. It gives you access to not only the available colorways and configurations of the phones, but it’s also the best place to find first-party OnePlus accessories like the new Warp Charge 50 Wireless Charger.
T-Mobile Carrier exclusive
If you’re a T-Mobile subscriber, you’re already the best to purchase a OnePlus 9 or 9 Pro. Why is that? Because it’s the exclusive carrier for these phones so you’re bound to get the best experience out of its 5G network. Additionally, only the T-Mobile variant OnePlus 9 carries an official IP68 rating, whereas the 9 Pro has this IP rating no matter where you purchase it. Purchasing a OnePlus 9 at T-Mobile means your options are sightly limited, though, since you’re missing out on the Pine Green OnePlus 9 Pro.
It’s not all bad, though. T-Mobile has probably one of the best 5G networks in the U.S., and subscribers can take advantage of the carrier’s new truly unlimited Magenta Max 5G plan. T-Mobile is also offering some very attractive deals for those who pick up either phone, like up to 50% off of the OnePlus 9 with trade-in and 0% APR financing. And with the official IP rating, owners of these phones won’t have to worry about splashes or accidental drops in the toilet.
T-Mobile is the only place in the U.S. to pick up the both OnePlus 9 smartphones with an official IP rating and access to it’s blazing-fast nationwide 5G network, meaning you get the best versions of these phones. Fortunately, T-Mobile has excellent 5G plans to match.
B&H Your one-stop photography shop
Given the OnePlus 9 smartphones‘ focus on photography, it’s no surprise that B&H would be on this list. Many of the best Android phones can be found here, and the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro are no different.
B&H is selling several different variants of the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, which are available for purchase now. At the moment, the retailer still lists the devices under preorder and says they will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis due to limited quantity.
On the upside, through B&H, you get access to all configurations and color variants, including the alluring Pine Green OnePlus 9 Pro.
B&H is a great place to snag an unlocked OnePlus 9 model, letting you choose between each color and configuration available. There are even options for financing and free expedited shipping!
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