Starting midnight December 5th, buying the OnePlus 2 will no longer require an invite

Starting on midnight December 5th, no more invites are required to buy the OnePlus 2

Starting on midnight December 5th, no more invites are required to buy the OnePlus 2


The controversial invitation system employed by OnePlus for the OnePlus 2 will be ending forever on midnight December 5th. The company instituted the system immediately when it launched the OnePlus One as a way to match supplies with demand. As a new start-up back then, building too many handsets that could go unsold might have led OnePlus to financial ruin. Instead, the company had to endure criticism from some. Still, there seemed to be enough invites to go around. Forum contributors, OnePlus customers and contest winners were always being sent invitations.

The company made the announcement on its website, two-weeks before it celebrates its second anniversary. This year, the company has released two new models, the highly-spec'd One Plus 2, and the OnePlus X. The latter, which currently requires an invitation to buy, will be invite free from December 5th through the 7th. The OnePlus 2 is available in a 4GB RAM/64GB ROM configuration for $389. A version with 3GB RAM/16GB ROM is priced at $329.


OnePlus also announced that from December 5th through the 7th, all OnePlus 2 StyleSwap Covers are 50% off, and select OnePlus One accessories will be reduced by 90%. Other accessories will also be priced at 10% off. If you're ordering from the company for the first time, you just might end up with a Never Settle mouse pad.

With the holidays in mind, OnePlus promises that any device or accessory ordered by December 7th will be in your hands for the holidays.


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source: OnePlus

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31 Comments

1. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Buying thier phone should never had required an invitation! Much less from an unfamous brand, for that matter!

10. middlehead

Posts: 420; Member since: May 12, 2014

Being a non-famous brand is exactly why they needed the invite system. Complain about how it was run all you like, but it being there is a large portion of how they survived to make a second phone.

14. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Exactly. Also which other phones have SD810 + 4GB RAM + 64GB storage out of the box + Finger Print Scanner + Great Dev support all under $380 ?

21. p51d007

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

LOL, how long have you worked for Oppo/OnePlus??

25. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's if the FSs doesn't randomly stop working after two-three weeks like most OP2 users are reporting.

2. ryq24

Posts: 872; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Their invitation only gimmick obviously did not work.

3. xq10xa

Posts: 799; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

They probably did an invitation system to control inventory quantity. Not for gimmicks or because they are unbranded. I don't dog on them for that......their problem is the competition. There are much better phones that don't run some rinky CyanogenMod.

4. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Which phones exactly you're talking about in the same price range?

6. ArmAndHammer2015

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 25, 2014

Some other options are: LG G4 $400 Nexus 5x $379 I can't think of anymore at the moment, but when the OnePlus One came out, there was nothing competing with it.

7. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Moto X Pure $400

11. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Nope. Snapdragon 810 > 808. Adreno 430 > 418 in Moto X style. Also its more expensive.

9. djcody

Posts: 201; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

I got G4 for 370$ :)

12. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

LG G4 - No finger Print scanner. Nexus 5X - Also a No GO for various reasons.

19. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Not really the case in Netherlands. G4 is 439(plastic) and the 5X is 479. so op2 seems like a good choice.

5. ArmAndHammer2015

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 25, 2014

I am pretty sure you are right. The invitation system was created to control inventory quantity since they are such a small company. Too many phones in production would cause them to lose a good amount of money. The system was a good way to increase the reputation of the product (it became more coveted because of it's exclusivity) and control budget. But like you said, competition is getting better, and there are other great options that don't require people to wait.

22. p51d007

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Buying into the "small company startup"? Nope, they are a marketing gimmick created by Oppo, who OWNS THEM. (Well, BBK electronics actually owns them, but I digress). Oppo, doesn't have the resources to beta test, they create a new "company" called OnePlus, use viral media to hype up their device, use small amounts of fancy ads. Use a super low price and teases of this gimmick or that, to bring up the feeding frenzie. Make a PRE-order system so they get the money up front, build the device, ship it, and see what happens. As feedback from ticked off users floats in (OnePlus One, yellow screen, buttons not working, software problems), they try to fix them. Then when the bugs are fixed (hopefully), the production line has the building of the device down pat, and they release the Oppo phone, for a higher price, with the OnePlus One features that were missing, added. OnePlus One = Oppo Find7. OnePlus 2, came with the silly overheating SD810 chip. Marketed by Oppo & Snapdragon as "version 2.1" in hopes of calming fears of overheating. Oppo uses a complete metal chassis, and some creative uses of thermal paste, and software underclocking in hopes of keeping the heat down. It's released, and still the complaints of overheating and poor battery performance come in. So, what does Oppo do? They POSTPONE the release of the Oppo Find9, until AFTER the SD820 chip is released. When the OnePlus 2 was released, even their "CEO" was caught on tape saying (what is now the OnePlus X) was going to be his daily driver, on the launch day of the OP2! So, to call them a "startup" as they do, is at best, misleading, and mostly a lie.

26. ArmAndHammer2015

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 25, 2014

Ah, I see what you mean now. That makes sense, I stand corrected. Thanks for the information!

24. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

They could have accepted orders then make them in batches. People would have been fine with throwing them money if they were just given a rough estimate on when they would receive the phone instead.

8. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

There are better phones in that price bracket. The OnePlus One had a unique place where there wasn't any competition in its price range, but this One can't claim the same thing. Z3C user, waiting for the Galaxy S7...

13. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Can you please mention which phones are you talking about? I am using a OP2 right now and will be buying another one pretty soon. So which other phones have SD810 + 4GB RAM + 64GB storage out of the box + Finger Print Scanner + Great Dev support all under $380 ?

27. trqster

Posts: 173; Member since: May 17, 2013

Please add to the list: laser focus, OIS, Dual-sim support and last but not least: almost pure vanilla Android.

15. kick413

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Finally came to their senses huh? Too little too late.

16. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The Oneplus X is a freaking slick phone for its price. Probably the best looking phone I have seen yet and that display is fantastic. I wonder where they got those OLED panels from but they are amazing. LG? Whoever it was, Samsung has competition now.

17. jellmoo

Posts: 2525; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

This is interesting. I've been thinking about picking up a new handset after the holidays. I may put this on my shortlist along with the G4, Moto X Style (getting one in Canada isn't that easy) or a Nexus (undecided on which one).

28. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

G4 and 6P FTW!

30. jellmoo

Posts: 2525; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I worry that the 6P will be too big. I had a Note 4, and that push the size limit for me. The G4 is probably leading the pack right now, but I do think it would be cool to have a device with a fingerprint scanner.

18. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Isnt LG G4 or S6 or any other current flagship better buy than this?

20. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Too late, ordered an LG GFlex 2 via Ebay. $190 brand new, unlocked.

23. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

I bought mine for 260€, best phone for that value

29. dimas

Posts: 3235; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I care more about getting my hands on one plus x. It's a mid range so I expect it to be more available in my country next year.

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