OnePlus One invite system further detailed

May 12, 2014
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We've heard a fair bit about the invite system that will be used for the initial OnePlus One purchases, and it seems the company has been offering some updates on how the process will work. For one, OnePlus is listening to feedback and they are making every effort to offer them without worrying about people re-selling them to others.

OnePlus didn't go into all the specifics about how they plan to keep people from selling the invitations, however they did mention the "re-sale of invites will not be a major issue." The few bits they discussed here include how the system was designed to counter the potential for resale, and they will have "full control over distribution and expiry times."

In terms of the expirations -- the invites will "typically" be valid for 24 hours. And in a bit of good news for those waiting, once the invite has expired it will be recycled and sent to someone else. OnePlus had also said those with an invite will be able to invite other users. The invites that can be given away are expected to be valid for 1-2 weeks.

The initial invite availability will be limited, both in terms of invites sent out by OnePlus and of invites that users can pass on to others. OnePlus mentioned how availability will increase as production ramps up. If you remember, the production schedule was recently adjusted to have the 64GB model coming before the 16GB model and it looks like the "first real batch of invites" will roll out in late May (for the 64GB Sandstone Black version).

SOURCE: OnePlus Forums


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  • sam

    I dunno,….the whole invite thing is really weird and folks are the forum threads are getting annoyed. Can anyone please explain to me again how this invite system is somehow better than pre-orders……………………………..

    This is not how it works! This is not how ANY OF THIS works!!!!!!

    • oscarandjo

      The invite system allows those who are dying to get the phone to get it first, the invites will be handed out as it becomes available to those on the forums first. If the phone were to be preorder people would bitch about it taking too long, this is because Oneplus is a new startup but there is a huge amount of demand for the phone that a startup cannot handle straight away.

      This method also helps the social advertisement that Oneplus has been using, when a person has some spare invites they will ask their friends if they want them, the friend may ask what the Oneplus is. You will explain what the phone is and the pros and they will know about the phone, you might even make a sale without them spending a penny on advertising!

      Basically, the invite system favours those who want the phone, but it also accelerates the social advertisement.

      • Johathan H

        I don’t know that I’d refer to them as a “new startup”. They are fully owned and funded by OPPO Electronics, which is well established.

      • Nick

        Who cares?

      • Aurelie Z

        My phone is near death and only holds a charge for 15 minutes. I will give it another week or so to try and get a hold of the One plus and if I can’t I will have to get something else because I miss having a phone…

      • Liaw Kim Poh

        couldn’t change the battery? You might need to wait till end of June for OnePlus,

      • Aurelie Z

        I’ve already changed the battery twice and i don’t really want to put more money into this phone. The speaker also died a couple of weeks ago so the only way i can hear who i’m talking to is by putting it on speaker-phone… crappy

      • Laurentiu

        I really really want the OnePlus One phone but I do not have an invite…

  • Brad Churchey

    How do you get invited to buy the phone if nobody can directly buy the phone at all lol?
    No one is gonna have this phone now because of the stupid invite and by the time it is released to the public to buy it it will be out dated and no one will want it. So in the long run they are losing out on a lot of sales.