Winner of OnePlus One in contest claims to have been ripped off
posted by Alan F. / Apr 19, 2014, 10:36 PM
Named Alvaro B., our loyal reader uses the handle JinRoh online. He was lucky enough to have published the 5001st post on the OnePlus forum (see the slideshow). This happened on April 16th. After winning the phone, Alvaro went and told every relative and friend about his lucky post and talking about the OnePlus One he had won. But then, something funny took place.
On Saturday morning, Alvaro checked the forum and found that his post had been renumbered 5072, meaning that he no longer was the winner of the phone. This happened because of a problem OnePlus had deciding who wrote the 50,000th post. So the company re-numbered all off the previous messages and added back deleted posts that they had removed previously. This also affected the winner of the phone who had authored post 10,000. The original winner of that OnePlus One has also lost his free handset.
Will OnePlus take the high road and give the promised handsets to the displaced posters? Stay tuned.
Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012
That is so damn petty. I wouldn't even bother with them anymore.
posted on Apr 19, 2014, 10:45 PM 10
remember the rules say no person shall be awarded the phone if they write multiple posts to win such as 49,50,51, so we dont know the full story if indeed he was 5001 or if he wrote the 2 or 3 before that and also if people did that before him and they had to alter it because of them, i posted on the site but stuck to the rules only time will tell if we see the true story i mean taking a pic right after"5001" post uhmmmm its people all around the world posting if i post here on pa i think am the first on an article but someone hits send before me boom am knocked off top.
posted on Apr 19, 2014, 11:36 PM 9
Corrected version of his comment: 'Do you remember that the rules say that, "No person shall be awarded the phone if they write multiple posts to win." If a person writes 49th, 50th, 51st posts, he won't get the prize. So, we dont know the full story. He may have been the 5001th. He may have broken the rules and made 2-3 posts before the 5001th. Also, if the other people who posted before him broke the rules, it must have created a confusion. I posted on the site but I stuck to the rules. Only time will tell the true story of what exactly happened. I mean, taking a pic right after the 5001th post doesn't make him the 5001th since people all around the world are posting. If I post here on PA, I think I am the first. But someone hits send before me, and boom! I am knocked off top.' P.S.: English isn't my native tongue. There could be some mistakes. #LoveBeingAGrammarNazi
posted on Apr 20, 2014, 2:14 AM 4
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posted on Apr 19, 2014, 10:50 PM 1
Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012
Thank you Alan F. for this story They are bunch of liars. First, they claimed that the OnePlus One is compact and smaller than the Xperia Z1. But today, the alleged phone specs showed the dimensions of that phone are much bigger than the previously mentioned ones. Second, they started that silly misleading invite system for phone selling. Later, cheating on the winners of the prizes protocol that they already placed. I was so enthusiastic about this newborn company and their team. Sorry, I've lost that faith
posted on Apr 20, 2014, 3:11 AM 12
Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012
This is just all a big c0ck-up. I really don't think anything was done with any malicious or deceitful intent. Something went wrong, they tried to fix it, not realizing that "fixing" one thing meant screwing something else up. Forum software is iffy when you start deleting/moviing/merging/restoring posts, and often the moderators of the forums aren't all that knowledgeable about the software involved. After all, there's still a 5001th post, and a 10000th post, so at least somebody is getting a free phone, so it's not like they're trying to weasel out of giving away phones. When the dust settles from this, I'd be surprised if 5 free phones weren't given away instead of the original 3.
posted on Apr 19, 2014, 11:15 PM 5
Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 14, 2012
Just give the thing to the people who had the original numbers and to the people with the new numbers. At the end of the day, a company wants their product in peoples hands. What would you rather hear: "I won the phone, they messed it up, but they went out of their way to still give me the handset!" or... "I won the phone, they messed it up, but still didn't give me the device." One of those creates a customer and possibly creates more. The other, loses a customer and possibly loses more. In the grand scheme of things, a couple handsets are not that large of a loss.
posted on Apr 19, 2014, 11:32 PM 8
i totally agree with you. either you gain 6 customers or lose 3. working as cricket manager for 2 1/2 yrs i would take the 6 new customers than losing 3 to metropcs anyday. bad example i know but the same point.
posted on Apr 19, 2014, 11:49 PM 3
Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 14, 2012
It's a good example.. A real life example. Basic business... Your product in their hands for free vs them paying for someone else's product and becoming their customer. A customer is a customer is a customer.
posted on Apr 20, 2014, 4:12 AM 0
Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013
Great example actually - more people like you should have ownership of companies, not simply be in a managerial position. It's a shame that people who have been in higher management have difficulty in understanding this concept, yet those on the front lines intrinsically understand it.
posted on Apr 20, 2014, 10:38 AM 1
yeah. im too good at my job. i was doing my boss's job of ordering phones and filling out paperwork for him. promoted to manager in less than 6 months all thanks to phonearena cnet engadget the verge gsmarena xda etc. i live on these websites cause i would rather know what i'm talking about then a customer come in and and me be like um um um idk ANYTHING about that phone sir/ma'am
posted on Apr 20, 2014, 11:01 AM 1
Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013
Cheating = 1 |+| Dishonest = 1 1+1 = OnePlus One. Please don't be like this, OnePlus.
posted on Apr 19, 2014, 11:48 PM 8
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