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OnePlus One finally ditching invites for a proper pre-order

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OnePlus One finally ditching invites for a proper pre-order
OnePlus has made some customers quite happy, but it has also alienated far more potential customers by using an annoying and limiting invitation system for its OnePlus One. While the device itself garnered solid reviews, and had an extremely attractive price point, there simply weren't enough invites to meet the demand. But, the days of the invite will be over soon enough.

OnePlus has finally announced that it is ending the invitation system, and will be starting a proper pre-order system. OnePlus defended its decision to use the invite system though, explaining that the price point left little room for inventory miscalculations. In order to control losses, and keep from running the company into the ground, the invite system was a necessity. 

Now, there will be a "limited window" to order a OnePlus One without an invitation. The plan is to put the device up for purchase in late October. There will be a certain amount of devices that will be ready to ship right away, and once that stock is gone, all other purchases will automatically become pre-orders. If you are put into the pre-order queue, you won't be locked in, and will be able to cancel if you wish. 

Anyone out there still interested in a OnePlus One?


source: OnePlus via Droid Life

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posted on 18 Sep 2014, 11:02 17

1. SealBeachBum (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Sep 2014)


Pass. I've never seen a company sabotage their market goodwill and their own marketing efforts like these guys. Used up all my interest long ago, I bought the Oppo Find 7 instead and love it. Never Settle? More like "Never Get."

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:20 6

36. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3214; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


i got 2 invites but missed them by 24hr because they came in as spam. they should have never done the invite system, great way to kill your phone before it gets released

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 11:04 16

2. Anshulonweb (Posts: 430; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


oneplus one is dead......DEAD....

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:00 6

27. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Just because you can't buy doesn't mean the product is bad/dead. Go home, you're drunk.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:40 6

31. Bjray (Posts: 177; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Well... The Nexus X is coming out soon and since it always uses the latest and greatest hardware with a low price point, The OnePlus One doesn't stand a chance.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:18 4

35. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I got it and I sold it. The easiest $100 I ever made :P

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 23:40

62. a1369366 (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 Aug 2014)


caught a phone scalper

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:21

37. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3214; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


problem is it only works on gsm in the usa. also

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 18:45

54. TUFOM (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Sep 2014)


Yap dead for me too. Buyed already Zenfone 6. "Never Settle? More like "Never Get."" says it all. No matter how good it is now, I got tired that stupid invite system and buyed something what I can get fairly easy. Not as high end specs but darn good phone for 194,90€ (shipping included). :))

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 11:05 8

3. antmiu2 (Posts: 295; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


It's an incredible phone.. It beats everything out there considering the price.. Definitely worth the wait (yes, I have the one)

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 11:06 2

4. murron (Posts: 160; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Finally, took them long enough!

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 18:19 2

52. aksa123 (Posts: 319; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


They have lost their momentum.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 11:07 8

5. seanwhat (Posts: 280; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Is this phone still happening? I feel like it was last year's phone...

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 11:09

6. Arthurhkt (Posts: 411; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Well i not sure whether it is too late or not, as it already annoy many potential buyer out there, still kudos to One Olus team, kudos to them.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 11:15 3

7. littleoleme (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


The phone is impressive but a slew of other flagship phones have been released. Pretty sure the interest has dropped considerable by now. Personally...the Note 4 is on my immediate radar.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:23

23. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


same here... I still admire this phone but now Note 4 is here and I am ready to note

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 11:18 3

8. Grenmad (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Jun 2014)


At half the price of equivalent phones out there this is still a buy.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 11:19 1

9. willytbk (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


The phone is actually very well built and thin, but in the market right now, there are plenty of options for great android phones which is easier for customer to purchase. I think their initial marketing trick by using invitation only to buy the phone kinda turned off for some people.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 11:27 1

11. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


So that was the plan all along... Wait for new iPhones before selling.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 11:27 1

12. hitmantb (Posts: 76; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


Moto X is a joke compared to this, like half the battery life, check out Phone Arena battery tests. Note 4 is about double the price, and most likely worse battery life due to 2K screen. Just wait for Phone Arena benchmark, forget about display mate.

There is nothing that comes even close to the value of this device, period.

Just pay $25 on EBay and get an invite code if you want this today, they can not make this fast enough to meet the demand. It is a small company and they don't have the same capacity of Apple or Samsung. Also they are dragging this out to build interest and fan base while waiting for component prices to drop. I am pretty sure they don't make much money on these devices.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 11:38 1

14. TheCellX (Posts: 49; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


I just bought mine. I was not expecting to win an invite.. but hey i guess i was lucky.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 11:41 2

15. 9MNLM (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


If you think OnePlus' invite system was bad, OnePlus customer support is even worse! If you receive a defective handset, you will experience customer service hell: trouble tickets go unanswered for weeks and, in most cases, defective handsets will not be replaced (read the OnePlus forum, search "how long RMA").

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 11:46

18. TheCellX (Posts: 49; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


Im really crossing my fingers. Im outside US, so ask for a replacement will be impossible.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 11:45 1

17. vinnyb4202 (Posts: 23; Member since: 18 Sep 2014)


The phone is something that could have been amazing had there not been the invite system. That more or less killed probably at least 1/3 of the market that wanted this device.

I have no doubts that this phone could be killer, but it's too late as it is right now.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 11:54 2

19. DnB925Art (Posts: 928; Member since: 23 May 2013)


For $350 for the 64GB Black, it's an awesome deal. Almost no phone can touch this with all the hardware and software features for that price (sure arguably the Note 4 is better but it'll cost about double). I put this on the T-Mo $30/month and with Hangouts now offering VoIP (so I don't touch the 100 minutes/month), it makes this phone for someone who wants to spend on a phone and phone plan on a budget that much more awesome!

$350 (phone cost) + $720 ($30/month X 24 months) = $1070 total outlay over 2 years.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 16:32

48. bigcjm (Posts: 27; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


The note4 is pegged to cost $ 800 or more. I just dont see the note being 2.5 times as good as this phone. That would be a stretch.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:03

20. acn2003 (Posts: 27; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


its one of the best device available in the market, both by specs and build quality..
Feels like holding something with quality... to talk about software.. though cyanogenmod looks bare, its better than stock version.. feels like a feature rich stock variant.. I donot own one, but got a chance to play around with one for some time...

I would give up my LG G2 for one of these...

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:04 3

21. mmayer54 (Posts: 19; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


Considered the One Plus One back in April. My iPhone 6 PLUS arrives tomorrow.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:20 1

22. skymitch89 (Posts: 1284; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


About time, though I'm sure that there has been a great loss of interest because of the invite system & no one being able to buy one. I know that for the longest time I wanted one, but gave up on trying to get an invite. Right now, the only real reason I'm interested in it is because of the price and its specs are about equal to those of my Note 3 (it also helps that it has CM on it so that it's simple to root and customize).

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:28

25. itsmekalyan (Posts: 15; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


no thank you i have been SETTLED

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:37

26. jove39 (Posts: 1787; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I have had two OnePlus One...sold my first unit due to yellow issue...device is very good for price...but support from OnePlus is terrible and Cyanogen 11S is slowly getting better.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:04 1

28. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Can't wait till October. HTC's nexus tab & this. Perfect bday gift for myself :D

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:17

29. drazwy (Posts: 190; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


A bit too late for me and probably many others. I'll be on my second new phone since this invites started.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:33 1

30. alannyny (Posts: 29; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


By this point, I'll just wait until the Nexus X is announced, and choose between the two.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:42

32. kotan24 (Posts: 95; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Pass... Too late now. Sorry one plus one you messed up with your stupid invitation system, you were my last android hope, I wanted a big screen phone with stock android, you lost me with that, now I just got to wait for my 64 gig space grey iphone 6 plus to come in the mail.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:53 1

33. p51d007 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


I hope OnePlus/Oppo/BK Electronics have learned their lesson on viral marketing.
Yes, there are newer devices out, but not for the price point/features that the OnePlus
One has. Why someone would want to spend a ton of money under contract is just
plain silly in today's market (USA, that's the only market I know).
I've been off contract, using an MVNO (Straight Talk) for 2 years, wouldn't go back
on contract for anything. I ran the numbers a few months ago. Here is a typical breakdown.

Samsung Galaxy S5 199.99
Monthly plan 111.99
taxes @20% 22.39
Total for 2 yrs 3425.11

OnePlus One 360.00
Straight Talk 49.00/month including tax
Total for 2 yrs 1536.00

Savings in 2 yrs 1889.11
Saving per month 78.71

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:24 1

38. DnB925Art (Posts: 928; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Try the T-Mobile $30/month plan. Even better. See my post (#19) above. Pair it my Google Hangouts/Google Voice/Google Hangouts Dialer and you're golden!

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 21:29

60. hurrycanger (Posts: 1553; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Contracts suck.
But man... what the heII plan is that? $111.99 for one person is nuts. That's what I pay for a whole family of FIVE. xD

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:58 1

34. Tritinum (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 May 2014)


The Oneplus One hype train has gone downhill, there's no point in using the breaks now.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:25 1

39. bored_guy147 (Posts: 43; Member since: 11 Jun 2014)


Stuff it I don't want one of them any more I'll just get a sony Xperia z3 compact

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:28 2

40. fjftokyo (Posts: 59; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


Wow! you literally need to be invited by someone who bought the phone in order to even buy one yourself??? talk about stupid.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:38 3

41. iTrollu (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Sep 2014)


No, thanks. I will wait for nexus 6.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 15:26

42. der_damo (Posts: 159; Member since: 16 Sep 2014)


wait ... so it really exists? :O

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 15:26

43. oborawatabinost (Posts: 45; Member since: 18 May 2014)


It is a mistake to call the invite system a PR stunt. They shipped with such a low margin and with what is apparently huge quality and demand they couldn't keep up otherwise. The 1+1 is out dated now by a hair but hopefully they can get propper production out for the 1+2.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 15:26

44. oborawatabinost (Posts: 45; Member since: 18 May 2014)


It is a mistake to call the invite system a PR stunt. They shipped with such a low margin and with what is apparently huge quality and demand they couldn't keep up otherwise. The 1+1 is out dated now by a hair but hopefully they can get propper production out for the 1+2.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 15:26

45. oborawatabinost (Posts: 45; Member since: 18 May 2014)


It is a mistake to call the invite system a PR stunt. They shipped with such a low margin and with what is apparently huge quality and demand they couldn't keep up otherwise. The 1+1 is out dated now by a hair but hopefully they can get propper production out for the 1+2.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 15:35

46. PK1983 (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


If the Nexus X is no better than the Moto X (2014) then yes I will probably go with the One Plus.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 15:59

47. Totse2k15 (Posts: 448; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


It is a nice smartphone+specs+prices. I might end up getting this over the other smarphones, but I will wait and see if the next Nexus smarthpone is real or not before I replace my Moto G.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 16:54

49. killer7D (Posts: 253; Member since: 18 Sep 2014)


I don't understand why those guys came up with this non sense marketing idea. The just lost so many Customers.

I am no longer interested to buy this phone!

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 17:04

50. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Now that there are new flagships are there still people who want to get this phone? Feels like they are trying hard to prevent their phones from being sold.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 18:35

53. LiquidSnake (banned) (Posts: 25; Member since: 17 Sep 2014)


What? they are still there?

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 18:58

55. Twisted247 (Posts: 282; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


"Oh note 4 is double the price blah blah blah".

Not if you get it subsidized in the states suckas..

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 19:57 2

57. downphoenix (Posts: 3154; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


and subsidized means you'll be paying at least 20$/mo more on your phone bill.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 19:56

56. downphoenix (Posts: 3154; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


This is good to see, but honestly with how awesome the price point was, they could have easily gotten away with charging an extra 50$, so that they don't have to have a super restrictive profit margin, so that they would have some leeway for cases like they mentioned. I am doing some carrier switching in a couple months, I'll see what kind of waiting period they'll have, if it's reasonable enough (like maybe no longer than a month) I'll buy one.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 20:57

58. Af1rPA (Posts: 657; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


Im over it. Maybe if they made a 5" model I might be interested again.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 21:36 1

61. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 253; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


OnePlus, y'all muhfuggas late. We're on to the next one, bruh.

posted on 19 Sep 2014, 17:17

63. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 230; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


Why? The MOTOROLA NEXUS is coming out soon and that thing's gonna be TWICE as nice as any iCHUMP6bs and 1/2 the price!
There's your Quality/Value smartphone...

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 13:47

64. luvshiv (Posts: 15; Member since: 18 Oct 2014)


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posted on 21 Oct 2014, 00:51

65. mazarine.fitzgerald (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


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posted on 22 Oct 2014, 11:15

66. luvshiv (Posts: 15; Member since: 18 Oct 2014)


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