Starting today, the OnePlus One will be available without an invite, while OnePlus 2 will initially launch with invites.
OnePlus has finally ended the infuriating invite system for its OnePlus One smartphone launched in April 2014. Hence, starting now, the 16GB Silk White and the 64GB Sandstone Black variants will now be available without an invite. In addition, the company also confirmed that OnePlus 2 is on kits way as well that, however, will only be available with invites. Put simply, you can buy the OnePlus One without an invite, though you’ll need an invite to buy the OnePlus 2 when it launches in the third quarter.
Carl Pei, Co-founder and Head of Global, OnePlus said, “By rigorously testing and improving our logistical structure over the last one year, we are far more confident that our processes have matured enough for us to handle the increased production and after-sales support that comes along with opening up sales. It’s what we’ve been working towards, and now we’re ready. This current shift from an invite system to a non-invite system is a big step, one from which we will learn a great deal before the OnePlus 2 launch, with invites, in the third quarter of this year.”
The OnePlus One has been touted by many as a ‘flagship killer’, and rightly so. The smartphone runs the Android-based CyanogenMod OS. Priced at $299, the smartphone is crammed with top-notch specifications. Now you can get your hands easily on the smartphone directly from the company’s official website. The 16GB variant is priced at $299 while the 64GB variant is priced at $349.
Moreover, the company is also offering customers in North America, EU, Hong Kong and Taiwan a flat 75 percent discount on flip covers and screen protectors for the smartphone. The offer will be valid for a period of 24 hours since the time of the announcement.
“We have always wanted to put great products into the hands of more people. And, we now feel confident that we have matured enough to handle the increased complexity that comes along with opening up sales completely,” OnePlus wrote in a blog post announcing the news.
This is some good news as it was quite a hassle to buy the OnePlus One smartphone, considering the strong demand of the smartphone. With this announcement, the company also sends a message to rival Xiaomi, who still follows the annoying flash sale system, making it quite a task for customers to get the smartphone.