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

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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1. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012


16. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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

34. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

If I had a iphone I'll smash immediately

37. cnpthe3rd

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 01, 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

2. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

LOL! The poor bastards, hahaha!!

3. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

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

4. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Safety First. How about Read First? =)) Well, I think he did it just for kicks.

5. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012


6. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

24. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

7. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

8. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 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.

27. 8logic

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

good marketing

14. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

28. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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.

9. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

10. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

25. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

11. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

12. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 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+

13. latinlegend

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 25, 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

15. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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

19. Calm_down_mon

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 12, 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 ?

20. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

29. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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!

17. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

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

18. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

30. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

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

35. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

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