OnePlus’ Nord N20 5G is now available unlocked

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An excellent budget phone without the hassle of buying from a carrier | Photo by Allison Johnson / The Verge

One of the year’s best budget phones is finally available unlocked in the US. The OnePlus Nord N20 5G launched as a T-Mobile exclusive in April, and that was the only way to get ahold of one — until now. The N20 5G is now up for sale from Amazon, Best Buy, or directly from OnePlus for $299 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Take note that the unlocked N20 won’t work on Verizon — not on 5G or 4G. AT&T customers will be able to connect to 4G only, which isn’t too bad of a deal given that the carrier is taking a slower approach to expanding its more meaningful mid-band 5G coverage. T-Mobile subscribers will, of course, get 5G and 4G coverage.

This makes the unlocked N20 best suited to AT&T customers who don’t need 5G or someone on a T-Mobile MVNO like Google Fi or Mint Mobile. Or maybe you’re on T-Mobile and you just don’t want to buy your phone through your carrier, which is a smart move if you can manage it.

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