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[Update: Early access now, full sales on Friday] T-Mobile will be the only carrier selling the OnePlus 7 Pro in the US

The age of carrier exclusives is back. For a while there, we thought that the smartphone game had changed and that users would be able to pick up any phone they wanted from their preferred operator without much drama, but that's recently proven to be more and more difficult. The first and only US carrier to offer a OnePlus device was T-Mobile with the 6T last year, and this exclusivity is continuing with the OnePlus 7 Pro.

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[Update: Pre-order links] Verizon CMO confirms upcoming Pixel a Verizon carrier exclusive in the US again

In a tweet posted just earlier today, Verizon's CMO Diego Scotti confirmed that Google's upcoming Pixel devices, to be announced today, are going to be exclusive to Verizon, just as they were last year. So if you were hoping to pick up either phone from another carrier, you're probably out of luck. 

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Sprint will be the only carrier selling the Essential phone

After months of rumors, Android co-founder Andy Rubin unveiled the Essential PH-1 phone last month. The phone has high-end specs, nearly no bezel at the top or sides, and optional accessories like a 360-degree camera. But a phone from a startup was likely a hard sell to US carriers, and it seems the only carrier that wanted it was Sprint.

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