OnePlus One finally ditching invites for a proper pre-order

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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61 Comments

1. SealBeachBum

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 18, 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."

36. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

2. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

27. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

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

31. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 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.

35. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

62. a1369366

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 24, 2014

caught a phone scalper

37. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

54. TUFOM

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 18, 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). :))

3. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

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

4. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Finally, took them long enough!

52. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

They have lost their momentum.

5. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

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

6. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 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.

7. littleoleme

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 10, 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.

23. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

8. Grenmad

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 06, 2014

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

9. willytbk

Posts: 252; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

11. tmcr7

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

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

12. hitmantb

Posts: 79; Member since: Jul 26, 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.

14. TheCellX

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

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

15. 9MNLM

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 02, 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").

18. TheCellX

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

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

17. vinnyb4202

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 18, 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.

19. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 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.

48. bigcjm

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 27, 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.

20. acn2003

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 26, 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...

21. mmayer54

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

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

22. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 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).

25. itsmekalyan

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

no thank you i have been SETTLED

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