OnePlus 2: Network compatibility across regional versions explained


how to install oxygen OS on the Chinese oneplus 2

OnePlus find themselves in a situation similar to what they were in last year, after the release of the OnePlus One. The One was made available in China invite-free, and thus, a lot of sellers started offering the phone to impatient buyers who didn’t want to go through the entire invite process.

In a bid to try and stop people from doing that, OnePlus have issued a forum post educating people about the difference between the regional versions of the OnePlus 2. There are a total of three different versions of the OnePlus 2, each with a different set of network band support.

Regional OnePlus 2 versions

The OnePlus 2 is tailor made in three versions to suit the following corresponding markets:

  • EU/Asia
  • North America
  • China

The OnePlus One had similar variants, but it was found that flashing different ROMs could unlock dormant band support.

Difference between regional network support for OnePlus 2

According to OnePlus, here is how the three variants of the OnePlus 2 differ from one another.

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It isn’t yet clear if the hardware is identical and its only the software controlling the network support, but the coming weeks should give a better idea about that. OnePlus  also state that the Chinese version has only one IMEI number, which might prevent users in some markets to access the dual SIM feature.

Quoting OnePlus’ post:

The Chinese version will have very limited 4G compatibility in Europe and North America. More importantly, it only has one IMEI meaning you will not have dual-SIM capability outside of China. If you like having dual SIMs, do not buy the Chinese version.

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30 Comments

  1. August 12, 2015

    I’m using the Chinese OP2 with Oxygen OS on Vodafone in Spain who have band 20 and band 3. If this helps anyone

    • Ezprezzo
      August 12, 2015

      Then my educated guess is ‘bands on demand’ software. They just criple the modem software.

      • blizzet
        August 12, 2015

        Band 3 is on both EU/Asia in Chinse model. So it depends on which of those used where you are right now. Might be some possibility to list which one is used either with app or within the OS itself.

        • Dante
          August 12, 2015

          What were they thinking giving the chinese version only 1 imei number

          • Marsian0
            August 12, 2015

            I’ve had phones with just one imei on both slots, and they work fine with dual sim, last one, jiayu s3.

    • Roe
      August 19, 2015

      Hi are you positive that installing oxygen unlocked band 20 really need this band

      • Sam dennis
        August 27, 2015

        I have the Chinese version and band 20 does not work. My guess is Roe can use his on band 3 but not band 20. I will be sending mine back unless there is a workaround.

  2. Andi Sykes
    August 12, 2015

    I’m using the Chinese OP2 with Oxygen OS on Vodafone in Spain who have band 20 and band 3. If this helps anyone

    • Ezprezzo
      August 12, 2015

      Then my educated guess is ‘bands on demand’ software. They just criple the modem software.

    • blizzet
      August 12, 2015

      Band 3 is on both EU/Asia in Chinse model. So it depends on which of those used where you are right now. Might be some possibility to list which one is used either with app or within the OS itself.

    • Dante
      August 12, 2015

      What were they thinking giving the chinese version only 1 imei number

    • Guest
      August 12, 2015

      I’ve had phones with just one imei on both slots, and they work fine with dual sim, last one, jiayu s3.

    • Guest
      August 19, 2015

      Hi are you positive that installing oxygen unlocked band 20 really need this band

    • Sam dennis
      August 27, 2015

      I have the Chinese version and band 20 does not work. My guess is Roe can use his on band 3 but not band 20. I will be sending mine back unless there is a workaround.

  3. ricardomcreis
    August 16, 2015

    From what I understand both the Chinese and remaining versions are dual-SIM. If the chinese version only has on IMEI that means it is a dual-SIM standby while the remaining versions are dual-SIM active. That means the chinese version only has one modem and so only one SIM can be used at the time. This is good because having two modems working at the same time means more battery drain. Of course for those who want to make/take calls from both SIMs at “the same time” having a dual-SIM active is the better choice. If not then the chinese version is better. The only problem comes when you want calls on one SIM and internet traffic on the other… That means that while you are actively using the internet traffic the SIM for making/taking calls is offline…

  4. ricardomcreis
    August 16, 2015

    From what I understand both the Chinese and remaining versions are dual-SIM. If the chinese version only has on IMEI that means it is a dual-SIM standby while the remaining versions are dual-SIM active. That means the chinese version only has one modem and so only one SIM can be used at the time. This is good because having two modems working at the same time means more battery drain. Of course for those who want to make/take calls from both SIMs at “the same time” having a dual-SIM active is the better choice. If not then the chinese version is better. The only problem comes when you want calls on one SIM and internet traffic on the other… That means that while you are actively using the internet traffic the SIM for making/taking calls is offline…

  5. Youl
    August 20, 2015

    Actually, the EU version of ONEPLUS 1 did not have band 20 either, and no one complained. I would like to have some feedbacks from people using that chinese OP2 version before buy it but i don t see a lot 🙂

  6. Youl
    August 20, 2015

    Actually, the EU version of ONEPLUS 1 did not have band 20 either, and no one complained. I would like to have some feedbacks from people using that chinese OP2 version before buy it but i don t see a lot 🙂

  7. Alex Mercer Inthi
    August 31, 2015

    Well with cinese version dual sim works outside China

  8. Alex Mercer Inthi
    August 31, 2015

    Well with cinese version dual sim works outside China

  9. Jonny Osorio
    October 1, 2015

    Will the Chinese one get updates to oxygen os and android such as android M?

  10. Jonny Osorio
    October 1, 2015

    Will the Chinese one get updates to oxygen os and android such as android M?

  11. md ahasan
    October 27, 2015

    bogus story….works well in bangladesh too….not expect this from this renown site

    • Elias
      November 4, 2015

      Could one plus 2 H2 version will work in Bangladesh with both sim? Also is the play store will work on it?

  12. md ahasan
    October 27, 2015

    bogus story….works well in bangladesh too….not expect this from this renown site

    • Elias
      November 4, 2015

      Could one plus 2 H2 version will work in Bangladesh with both sim? Also is the play store will work on it?

  13. hamzah77
    July 7, 2016

    I live in UK and the band’s are good for my carrier
    ( three) and I couldn’t care less about dual sim, I’d rather put an SD card in

  14. hamzah77
    July 7, 2016

    I live in UK and the band’s are good for my carrier
    ( three) and I couldn’t care less about dual sim, I’d rather put an SD card in

  15. Anuj Yadav
    September 10, 2016

    Can lte band of North american model be changed to work for indian bands ? Is it a lack of hardware support or just a software patch will work ?

  16. Anuj Yadav
    September 10, 2016

    Can lte band of North american model be changed to work for indian bands ? Is it a lack of hardware support or just a software patch will work ?