Is OnePlus bringing back the invite system with the OnePlus 5?

When OnePlus introduced the OnePlus 3 last year, one of the most important things that the company did was to eliminate the invite system. As a new smartphone manufacturer back in 2014, the company needed to watch every penny spent. So it used an invitation system that required buyers of the OnePlus One to have an invitation before being allowed to purchase the phone. This allowed the company to have a buyer for every handset that rolled off the assembly line. It prevented the company from wasting money by building phones on spec. While consumers were not happy with this, OnePlus used the system to successfully match supply with demand.

About a year ago, with the OnePlus 3 on the verge of being launched, the invite system was taken to the back of OnePlus headquarters and shot dead. But a report published today suggests that OnePlus is bringing back the invite system. This comes from a picture showing what is being offered inside the OnePlus 5 Invite Box, available for purchase from Amazon prior to the unveiling of the latest flagship killer.

Taking place in Mumbai, India, consumers can gain entry to the event by shelling out Rs. 999 for the Invite Box. That is equivalent to $15.50 U.S. Dollars. The Invite Box includes an invitation to the launch and a t-shirt that buyers could wear at the unveiling. Also part of the Invite Box is the Welcome Kit, along with a voucher good for a Rs. 999 ($15.51) credit toward the purchase of the OnePlus 5. And lastly, in the box is a OnePlus 5 Invite Code.

It isn't clear whether an invite will be required in India only, or whether OnePlus will make it a global requirement once again. However, the company is no longer a start up with low cash reserves, unsure if the public will buy its products. As a result, one would think that invites would no longer be necessary.

The OnePlus 5 is being unveiled June 20th with a launch in two countries taking place on June 22nd. We should hear more about a possible return of the invite system during the introduction of the phone.

source: AmazonIndia via

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1. aman5mathur

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

I hope not. That invite might just be like a priority pass. Just for early access to some users. Thats all.

2. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

yes, use the invite system. itll make sure only the elite get it. :\

3. techsavvy.jaz

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

The page says, 'purchase straight away' so I guess and hope those are invites to buy it there itself.

4. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

This would either grenade the company or hype people up so much because they cant get it. People want what they cant buy. Because its out of our reach we tend to want it. Its a psychological thing.

5. AbhiD

Posts: 851; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

That's just a VIP pass for people to buy OP5 even if it gets out of stock. Invite system isn't coming back. False alarm

6. judik971

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Maybe for the 8GB variant only

7. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1273; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Either the Invite rumor or the relatively HIGH price of OP5 is wrong. They can't increase price and then ask us for invite, imho...

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