New OnePlus One contest will result in the distribution of 10,000 invitations and 100 T-shirts
Entering the contest is easy. Post any picture you've taken this summer to hashtags #summershots and #oneplus on Instagram. Or, you can do a number of other things on social media sites to enter. Check out the sourcelink for those details. Keep in mind that the entries must be in before Monday at 6am EST. The winning photos will be announced on Wednesday.
Photos entered in the contest are allowed to be slightly modified using Instagram. And yes, you need to be the person who actually took the picture. As we write this, over 142,000 pictures have been entered in the contest. That gives you a 7% shot at winning, a figure that will continue to drop until 6am EST on Monday. Good Luck!
OnePlus quickly rolled out this new contest after its "Ladies First" contest was pulled earlier this month.
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source: OnePlus via TechZoom.it (translated)
1. Johnnokia (Posts: 868; Member since: 27 May 2012)
I totally lost my interest in this phone ... This company must be called the world greatest epic fail ever.
7. neela_akaash (Posts: 667; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)
Lost mine too... It was a great phone... But doesn't makes viable if you buy current flagship specs @ $299 in Q4 of 2015 at a retailer near you...
9. neela_akaash (Posts: 667; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)
Hope xiaomi mi4 do well in availability issues...
24. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
There will probably be some very nice phones available at $299 quite soon. In the US, ZTE is selling one of their phones via pre-order on Amazon (available August 27). It's a mid-range phone, but it's fairly nice for $279:
ZTE nubia 5S mini LTE - Factory Unlocked - (White)
13+ MP rear camera with auto focus and LED flash
5+ MP front-facing camera
DSLR-like control and professional quality photos
Sharp IGZO 4.7 inches display
ZTE Premium Protection Plan
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad Core with Adreno 350 GPU at 1.2 GHz
2GB of memory and 16GB ROM, expandable memory up to 32 GB (via MMC)
Unlocked - Supports GSM carriers’ LTE networks in the USA or nearly anywhere in the world
Long lasting battery – 2000mAh (up to 30 hours of standby time)
25. Pattyface (Posts: 999; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)
Dude no offense but that phone has nothing on the opo.
28. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Sure, the specs aren't up to the OPO, but the ZTE is cheaper, from the US branch of ZTE, and is available to buy via a well known trusted retailer. Take it as an example of how real phone companies sell phones.
29. Pattyface (Posts: 999; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)
Yes but how large is ZTE compared to oneplus? I'm not saying the invite system isn't stupid but plainly the opo is a much better phone in every way also I see opo all over cl so it's really not that hard to get one.
30. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
The OPO is not a bad phone. But there actually is no simple way to buy one from a normal retailer or from the company.
I love what ZTE and Huawei and other more reputable Chinese companies are doing -- building a presence in the US and making their phones available directly. At good prices. There is a lot of value for the money.
OnePlus could have done this same thing -- and sold every single phone they were capable of making -- but they didn't.
Instead, OnePlus expects people to scrounge around on CL to buy a phone which may or may not have problems (i.e. yellow screen, bad battery, bad headphone jack, etc.) Many people don't want this sort of shopping experience.
31. Pattyface (Posts: 999; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)
One question though.. Are there any flagship type phones that the others bring to the US that work with LTE? I've yet to see one. I don't buy midgrade phones and that's been my experience this far. That's why I wanted the opo, it has high-end specs and I like not having a me too device like a galaxy, m8.
32. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
ZTE and Huawei have not brought their flagship phones to the US yet. Maybe later this year or next year.
As for LTE, the ZTE above and the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 work with ATT LTE (possibly T-Mobile as well). I would expect the same, or better, from all future phones they offer in the US.
Sony offers their Z2 D6503 for sale on their US website which works with ATT and T-Mobile LTE.
Personally, if I was going to buy a phone "now", i.e. before IFA, the Z2 would be the one I'd get. More money than the OPO, but a really great phone and with Sony warranty and support.
33. djcody (Posts: 78; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)
Still far above 600$ for Z2, only Z1 compact is 449$ and its 100$ more for opo 64gb ( 3 of them on my way ;)
34. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
The OPO is still *a lot more* than $350 if you don't play the silly games that OnePlus wants you to:
Just an invite is now at $71 with "buy it now" price of $360.
Ebay price of OnePlus One ($475-$550) and US Sony Z2 ($520-$540) or so are not so different. I would never buy OPO instead of the Z2 at these prices.
38. Limbopope (Posts: 57; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)
I've played the game and won : S Don't hate me. Only took eight days floating on the forums to get an invite toward the end of July. Maybe I was just lucky : / Probably not worth it if you have to break the $400 dollar mark but certainly worth joining the forums for a week and giving it a shot for the $300. Really is a beast regardless of price though
35. Ashoaib (Posts: 2919; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
ZTE is much larger and well established company, did you heard about ZTE exchanges? I came to know about it when I was working in a telecom sector... ZTE was a large player in telecom equipment, a competitor of Erricson, seimens, nokia... I wanted to purchase zte nubia x6 bcoz its beastly specd but unfortunately the price was close to samsung, lg so I changed my mind
10. xfire99 (Posts: 637; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)
Same for me. The time I got invite to buy, I lost interest to buy it and with all issues the phone had.
12. Ashoaib (Posts: 2919; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
thats a very bad way of selling, who is their marketing head? fire him... he is just a retard... I wanted to purchase this phone bcoz its beautiful, beastly specd and very low price but I dont think its easy to purchase, so its simple, I dont want to take headache to purchase an item... those who got it are really lucky
2. GreekGeek (Posts: 1114; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)
Does this stupid company actually want to make money? I don't understand the nature of their business........... at all
4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1616; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
They are so damn stupid. How about just selling the phone, people can left orders and wait until they the factory manufactures it. Simple. No reason to be d-bag for (tens or hundreds of) thousands of potential customers who really like this phone.
6. nebsif (Posts: 37; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)
its marketing, knowing silly sites like this one and many others will post about their retarded competitions, same with xiami selling 10 units per batch and then bragging.
They just want to build brand recognition, were it a ground breaking phone, and not a stripped down Find 7 i'd support them, but as it stands its just an overhyped brick. ktnx but no tnx
3. GreekGeek (Posts: 1114; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)
And why torture these consumers when they can just do something simple like....
''OK, 10,000 units up for grabs, first click first serve, Maximum of 2 units per customer''
The hype is wearing out thin, they need to ''sell'' these phones
5. promise7 (Posts: 622; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
Why do they always make their customers do some sort of contest, challenge, competition everytime just to be able to purchase the phone? Why can't they just put it up on their website with a buy button?
13. _Bone_ (Posts: 2149; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Cause that attracts our interest so much we actually talk about the product, right here, right now.
I got excited too (and got an invite) but am skipping on it, cause I think for $100 more, the Oppo Find 7a is much more worthy due to it's instant availability, Oppo brand quality, VOOC charger and amazing Color OS 2.0 gesture controls. Of all the devices I touched this year (all but some China/Japan exclusive flagships), the Find 7a was the most worthy of my money.
23. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
"Why do they always make their customers do some sort of contest, challenge, competition everytime just to be able to purchase the phone? Why can't they just put it up on their website with a buy button?"
Because OnePlus is primarily a data mining company.
OnePlus has put more effort into their contests -- most of them social media -- than into making phones. The phone is just a variation on the Find 7a, i.e. already designed and in manufacture by their main investor, Oppo.
But how do you make money without selling phones? By selling people, of course.
8. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 229; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)
Or...you can just wait for the NEXUS 6 which will cost about the same, but will feature better specs...Sorry, really tired of your stupidass F****N games!
11. jibraihimi (Posts: 718; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
Contests for winning invitation.....!!!!!! Is this company for real....???? Most of the company gives away their products after their contests, and they are giving invitations to purchase........ This company is real joke in the smartphone industry.........
15. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Wanted at one point, But definitely do NOT want now.
I'd hate to jump through hoops to get an invite an then buy the phone to realize it may have a build issue like any OEM can have an if you need service or replacement, you"re back in the waiting game again.
It'll be fun to watch this company go teeets up.
16. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
Heh obviously not too many of you have this phone, I do in fact I'm typing from it now. Got it after 2 days of being on the forums. Must suck not knowing how to get this phone huh. Hype is real and I'd rather wait for an invite to this pretty much flawless phone than spend a premium on a phone that's bogged down by s**tty useless features no matter what specs you cram into it.
18. Hashed (Posts: 159; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)
But what if you drop the phone, it could happen to anyone, and the glass got broken, how are you gonna replace it? seriously? are you going to wait for an invite to send your phone to maintenance center? that is, if they have one.
22. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
OnePlus has fixed a number of phones, i.e. yellow screen issue did get fixed for some people. Bad case glue for others. Bad headphone jack for others. Bad battery for some others. Etc.
For something like the glass, there would be some charge for the new glass.
Also keep in mind that it costs $80+ to send the phone back to China from the US.
17. Pattyface (Posts: 999; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)
I also have this phone and its amazing. Best phone I've ever owned especially after the 4.4.4 update. Opo is awesome
19. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 219; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)
I've had it with this company. Just buy it on eBay if you want it so badly.
20. PorkyBurger (Posts: 517; Member since: 18 May 2013)
I don't care about this phone that much, but I participated in this BS, we'll see If I get that invite. OnePlus One is going the wrong direction again. -.-
21. mmayer54 (Posts: 19; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
Back in May I WAS VERY interested.
NOW? NO Interest whatsoever. Period
27. fzacek (Posts: 2472; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
I'm fed up with OnePlus's games and contests. No more interest...
36. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7043; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
What kind of dumb promotion are they doing? First they want u to BREAK your phone just to buy theirs? Now this thing? Although I wouldn't mine breaking a iPhone. but still THEY FAIL.
37. Floyd (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)
Can't wait to see the T-Shirt that they give out,
"I tried to buy a phone and all I got was this lousy T-shirt"