Winner of OnePlus One in contest claims to have been ripped off

Winner of OnePlus One in contest claims to have been ripped off
Easy come, easy go? One of our loyal readers had apparently won a free OnePlus One handset upon its launch this coming Wednesday. But mere days later, he was stripped of the prize. The story stars with a contest being run by OnePlus. The company was giving away an official mug to the person writing post number 50, and every 50th post after that. A free OnePlus One was promised to those writing posts 5,001, 10,000, and 50,000. And this is where our reader comes in.

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.


Thanks, Alvaro

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41 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That is so damn petty. I wouldn't even bother with them anymore.

8. engineer-1701d unregistered

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.

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Whut? Literate much?

14. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

What is he talking about up there?

17. AppleHateBoy unregistered

BTW, I wasn't the one who up voted that stupid guy.

16. AppleHateBoy unregistered

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

19. Krjal

Posts: 415; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Ah, thanks for the translation. Helped me understand at least :)

21. AlanB412

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Just 1 correction... I believe it should be "5001st" not "5001th". That is all.

29. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Oopsie. I feel sad I can't correct that. I made the same mistake 4 times in a single post.

33. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Why you are going in such a long explanation? Just say OnePlus dont want to give a free phone... they are just doing marketing

27. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I think that is true. Multiple posts must have been deleted.

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

#nevertoolatetofail

20. Johnnokia

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

23. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

100% agree. I don't trust them anymore, and I guess their gadget is crappy as their cheating. They are simply destroying their reputation

24. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Go to their Facebook page and post anything criticizes them or refer to the prize system problem, you will be banned at once .

3. ckoch125

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

They seem to just be digging themselves deeper and deeper into a hole. 1st the invite system to buy and now this. I guess it's a good thing it won't be coming to Verizon anyway

4. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

If they do screw these people over, that's definitely not the way you wanna start off your venture into the mobile business.

5. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

REALLY bad start for you guys. If you're going to do a giveaway you have to be able to manage it fairly.

6. Planterz

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.

15. Run.n.Gun

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

5001th?? See post #9

18. AppleHateBoy unregistered

9. Planterz (Posts: 237; Member since: 30 Apr 2012) Whut? Literate much?

7. Ubi2447

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.

11. rns122112 unregistered

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.

13. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

they'll not lose just 3 customers after the bad publicity. they'll lose thousands.

26. Ubi2447

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.

35. Jommick

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.

36. rns122112 unregistered

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

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Cheating = 1 |+| Dishonest = 1 1+1 = OnePlus One. Please don't be like this, OnePlus.

22. aksa123

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

And what else? Surely not just those two. Really, why bother with this company? I can't imagine how bad their costumer service will be.

12. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

that's what you call getting "ONE UPPED" from 5001 to 5002, 5001 + 1. you've been one-upped so you no longer qualify for the prize. can't blame them. they're just living up to their name and slogan.

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