OnePlus One will be sold via invitations!

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If you want to get your hands on the OnePlus One Android phone you won’t be expected to preorder the device and wait, instead you will have to be invited!

In usual OnePlus fashion the OnePlus One phone will not be sold in a normal manner, so no waiting online (or in a long queue) hoping to be one of the lucky few to but it at launch. Instead fans will be invited to buy the phone! We are not 100% sure how OnePlus will send out the first lot of invites, but the chances are high that active forum members will be among the first to get a chance to buy the phone.

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The good news is that once the first invites are sent out those invited will be able to invite others and so on. According to OnePlus invites will also be available through cometitions, and via their forum.

I can personally see the benefits of such a system, but can also see how some fans are going to be rather angry and put off. What do you think about this invitation only system?

[ Via OnePlus Forums ]
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  1. ahmed
    April 17, 2014

    if that is the case, this is so stubbed…..and unfair for customers

  2. April 17, 2014

    I don’t know what to say really. Why must everything be different with 1+?

  3. Yury
    April 17, 2014

    really bad idea

  4. tonio93
    April 17, 2014

    Stupide idea, so i’ll buy a zte star 1 or an mi3s or find 7a, bye bye one+1 And for 4g There si nô 800mhz band

  5. RRRobert
    April 17, 2014

    Is April 17 China’s equivalent of April’s Fools Day?

    Anyway, for obvious reasons I can understand why they don’t want to cause a run on websites selling popular phones, similar to what happened when the various Xiaomi phones went on sale. But buying on invitation only, that’s still a silly idea. It will only increase the hype and I believe it might even turn against you in the end.

  6. Paulo Jorge
    April 17, 2014

    Really bad idea. i want to buy the phone and if i don’t get 1 invite im really gonna start to think about other phones (x8) and other people might think like this

  7. April 17, 2014

    I can see people buying one plus phones due to price and spec BUT really disliking the company for their terrible marketing. Is there a thread on the forum for their bad marketing and why people dislike it 🙂

  8. waterresist
    April 17, 2014

    Who knows. We may buy One+ invitations for $0,01 on Ebay just like the gmail invitations in the old times 🙂

  9. Rob
    April 17, 2014

    Thats another phone crossed off my list then. Waited all this time for nothing it seems.

  10. April 17, 2014

    i’m also quite tired of their stunts.

  11. Jeff Nield
    April 17, 2014

    Looks like this is a dumb idea. I say sack the Marketing and PR guy. Time to get totally original and think outside of the box. This will only turn folk off the product.

  12. Xiaolu
    April 17, 2014

    They’re free to do as they wish: I mean, if YOU want to buy a phone like the OnePlus One at a price THAT LOW, then you must follow their rules. There’s nothing out there you can compare it to. That’s all.

    • desponent
      April 18, 2014

      And the customer is free to do otherwise. I mean if you want to win them as a new unproven company, this invitation thing is surely the right thing to do right?


  13. Channa
    April 18, 2014

    I will not buy it now, even if they sent me invites everyday

  14. jasneskis
    April 18, 2014

    I’ve been looking for just the right large phone to buy for several months. This looked like it. No invitation,… I’ll move on. It may not be worth it to wait and hope for an invitation in the future, not knowing how far out that would be
    Clone companies will immediately copy if the phone is a success…Every imitating company will have a clone out.

  15. waterresist
    April 18, 2014

    Another tought, invitation only because of very limited number of phones to sale.

  16. Awesome dude
    April 19, 2014

    I understand what this startup is going for, though it is very inconvenient for a lot of people who are not mobile phone enthusiasts the OnePlus team is aiming for.

  17. yor mam
    April 20, 2014

    hater, i am laughing at u at the moment..

    • CocaColaManager
      April 21, 2014

      ohhh another mindless idiot hahaha how original! 😀