Mobile Syrup has confirmed what I myself tested yesterday, that the upstart Android smartphone-maker OnePlus now has much better support for LTE Band 66 on Canada’s upstart carrier, Freedom Mobile.
Here’s the changelog from the official announcement on the OnePlus Forums:
Supported Airtel VoLTE in India
Supported Band 66 of Freedom in Canada
Fixed Wi-Fi WPA2 security issue
Optimized battery usage in some cases
Optimized GPS accuracy
General bug fixes
After flashing the update I went for an mid-afternoon stroll through several neighbourhoods in downtown Toronto: Baldwin Village, the U of T campus, The Annex, Kensington Market and Chinatown. Everywhere I checked I had a solid 4G signal, and every time I ran a speed test I got the same results that were so elusive to my device just a week before.
Building penetration is still an issue, of course. In certain places, like the bathrooms at the back of restaurants, the best available data signal is still HSPA+ or worse. But the software update is enough of an improvement that I can now recommend the OnePlus 5 to anyone on the Freedom network—more than any other phone, in fact, since you can test a Freedom SIM in either of the phone’s dual SIM slots while keeping your current SIM in the other one!