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Looking to pay $1 for the OnePlus One? Don't smash your phone yet

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Looking to pay $1 for the OnePlus One? Don't smash your phone yet
OnePlus has a smashing promotion, which we already told you about earlier this week. The Chinese manufacturer will sell its high-end handset for the princely price of $1, to the first 100 people who smash their current handset on video. Unfortunately, a large number of people have not read the rules correctly and have started taking all of their frustrations out on their smartphone, thinking that they will be able to replace it with the OnePlus One they buy for a buck.

People have posted a number of videos on YouTube, showing them smashing devices like the Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One (M7). The problem is that the rules call for OnePlus to select 100 people at random. These 100 will be then asked to submit a video showing the destruction of their phone.  Ooops. The first 100 who send in their video will get the OnePlus One for $1 along with three invitations to buy the phone, that can be passed along to friends and family. The new phones won't be sent out until the beginning of May.

Now, surely some of those devices being hammered into oblivion weren't working in the first place. But for those who just didn't take the time to read the rules and then smashed a perfectly good phone to death, perhaps there will be a lesson that they can take away from this. Unlike the forum posting contest faux pas , which clearly was a mistake on OnePlus' part (and which they quickly corrected to their credit), if you broke your current phone for nothing, there is no recourse except to purchase a new one.



source: Reddit via BGR

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posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:18 13

1. nlbates66 (Posts: 295; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


BAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 12:06 1

16. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


lol..... Epic palm faces ........

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 15:56 2

32. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2969; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


IDIOTS! Of course they didn't read the fine print, nobody ever does! Who would be stupid enough to do this in the first place?!? My god!

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5491/10574265464_449a1b2b96.jpg

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 16:49 1

34. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6422; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


If I had a iphone I'll smash immediately

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 05:33

37. cnpthe3rd (Posts: 49; Member since: 01 Feb 2009)


not only are you not to smash it till you are picked but you also have to show it working and the video can have no cut-away or editing none of the phones he smashed worked

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:24 6

2. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 819; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


LOL! The poor bastards, hahaha!!

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:26

3. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 358; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Geez that's brutal. They really thought it would be that easy?

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:29 4

4. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Safety First. How about Read First? =))

Well, I think he did it just for kicks.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:29 8

5. dorianb (Posts: 386; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I-D-I-O-T-S

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:30 2

6. kindlefireowner (Posts: 349; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Great marketing. They know most people don't read anything longer than a text message. So they will get tons of publicity and only have to give away 100 phones.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 13:34

24. boosook (Posts: 991; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Well, if you go on their website the rules are pretty clear! :-)

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:35 2

7. PBXtech (Posts: 976; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Never understood destroying an old phone when you can sell it instead. Too simple to just wait for the phone to be released on a wider scale than throw money away like that.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:38 2

8. DocOc (Posts: 85; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


Have to agree with you on that one. Why destroy the old phone? Trading it in or donating it would be a much better plan.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 14:33

27. 8logic (Posts: 130; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


good marketing

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:54 3

14. SellPhones82 (Posts: 499; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Not only that but I hope these people at least had a backup phone to use while they wait for the One Plus. Most of the phones that "qualify" for the smashing go for $400 to $500 on swappa so they could have sold their old phone then purchase the One and end up with $50 to $150 cash in hand on top of a new phone.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 14:44

28. Doakie (Posts: 1248; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I was going to say the same thing. However most people are so stupid with money they'll put perfectly good phones in a drawer and not sell them. I've met people with $1000 worth of smartphones sitting in a drawer. I've offered to sell them for them for a cut of the cash and they refused. Morons.

Usually these are the same idiots living paycheck to paycheck because they put everything on a credit card.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:42 12

9. shuaibhere (Posts: 1428; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Why would anyone smash ip5, htc one for this???
They could sell those phones and buy one plus and save some buck..

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:42

10. shuaibhere (Posts: 1428; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Why would anyone smash ip5, htc one for this???
They could sell those phones and buy one plus and save some buck..

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 13:46 2

25. Ashoaib (Posts: 1952; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


May be failed units... not working, so its ok to smash them

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:44 2

11. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1273; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Now, those people really need a new phone (OnePlus One) and will probably have to pay full price XD

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:46

12. zachattack (Posts: 565; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


What dumbasses... not to mention this dumbass in particular is smashing cheap ass plastic phones. The sum of those phones adds up to not even an expensive current day phone. You sir will not see the 1+

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:51 1

13. latinlegend (Posts: 30; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


people who jumped the gun and smashed their phones i have no sympathy for. I was going to smash my s3 but if you go to the website it clearly says to fill out your information and 'IF' you are one of the ones chosen. They will send you an email. THEN you have to send them a video of you smashing your phone. People should learn to read better

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:59

15. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1273; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Just went to the website and it has a fix list of the phones on the drop down to choose from... wtf XD Time to enter and hope to find one of those cheap phone on CL to smash if I was chosen :P

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 12:38 1

19. Calm_down_mon (Posts: 35; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


you can smash i5s and get a OnePlus , or you can sell your old i5s and get at least two >.> what a deal breaker right ?

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 12:47 1

20. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1273; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Or I can buy an old S3 in barely working condition on eBay for about $100-150 and smash it :P There aren't too many phones on that list you can buy for cheaper than $350 (the 64 gb of One Plus). I see Moto X and S3 to be the two that you can buy it for pretty cheap, and that's pretty much it.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 14:52

29. Doakie (Posts: 1248; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I'm finding 16 GB iPhone 5S' on Craigslist around here for $450 right now. You can't really buy two 1+1s for $450. However you can still sell it and put a bunch in your pocket. We bought a 16 GB iPhone 5S a week after launch for $99 from a Best Buy promotion then sold it on Craigslist for $600. Turned around and bought a Nexus 5 32 GB for $450 after shipping and tax. Ended up with a free Nexus 5 and $50 in the pocket. That's how you use Apple fanaticism to your advantage. iTards!

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 12:33

17. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1834; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Lol they don't know better..to begin with ;)

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 12:34 2

18. Commentator (Posts: 2399; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


What a wasteful promo...

So instead of either selling or donating a phone that wither works or has salvageable parts, OnePlus is encouraging people to destroy them...

Shameful.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 14:54

30. Doakie (Posts: 1248; Member since: 06 May 2009)


:-/ They're giving you a brand new phone for $1.... They're using this for marketing... Chill out hippy!

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 18:57

35. Tsoliades (Posts: 211; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


Yes, but it's extremely wasteful. Most of these phones could be sold to buy the OnePlus. There are such better uses.

Between this and the fact that they ACTUALLY named their phone the f**king OnePlus One, I'm starting to really dislike this company. The phone better be really good once it finally hits the market.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 12:48

21. Immolate (Posts: 283; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


Submit your entry. If you get picked, just buy a cheap, non-working phone of the same type and color on eBay and smash it. Then sell your working phone, or keep it, or give it away.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 13:24 1

22. HASHTAG (Posts: 151; Member since: 31 Jan 2014)


I was waiting for this article.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 13:27 1

23. mobi_user (Posts: 107; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


just don't believe what I saw. The guy is awesome.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 14:01

26. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Are people calling Adam Outler -https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamOutler/posts - an idiot?

'Cause he was not doing this for the 1.00 phone deal and I doubt he is even going to buy this phone, judging by what he posts on his G+ page....that could change, though...

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 14:59

31. Doakie (Posts: 1248; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Hmm. I've not viewed his Google+ page, but he does reference right in the video the One Plus Smash The Past challenge........

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 16:30

33. lackdon (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Mar 2014)


yall should wath youtube an see how much dumb ppl there r lmfao but good marketing from oneplus they really know how to spread the word jus hope they an make enough for the sheer amount of ppl who gonna buy the phone

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 22:30

36. gigaraga (Posts: 912; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


That person in the video shouldn't even live.

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