Prospective buyers of the new OnePlus X will probably be very unhappy to hear that the handset may not play nice with LTE networks based in the United States. The handset supports Band 1, Band 2, Band 4, Band 5, Band 7, and Band 8; however, Droid Life noticed that the OnePlus X is missing key Band 12 and Band 17 support offered by AT&T and T-Mobile. While it will work on those carriers’ networks, the OnePlus X might struggle to maintain good signal strength in suburbs, rural areas, and dense buildings.
OnePlus provided Droid Life with the following response when asked if Band 17 support would be added:
The bands listed on the spec sheet are correct. We have no plans for adding more bands right now.”
Before you go dropping $249 on the OnePlus X, I hope this makes you consider alternatives. Devices like the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 and Motorola Moto G (2015) both feature Band 17 support and match or best OnePlus’ pricing. Also, you can buy and receive either one of those two way sooner than you would the OnePlus X. To those companies, invites to purchase a phone are rubbish. Really, does it make sense to make people get an invite for an item they’re going to spend hundreds of dollars on? OnePlus, even after all of its issues, still has not learned to do away with any type of invite system. Consumers want things now.