OnePlus has announced that it is teaming up with eBay's Giving Works initiative to auction off 100 invites for the OnePlus 2, with the proceeds going to the UNICEF Tap Project, a charity that provides clean drinking water to millions of underpriveleged kids around the world.
The invites are for the 64GB Sandstone Black variant of the OnePlus 2, with the company stating that users will have one week to claim the invite and one month to purchase the handset. OnePlus mentions that it went the auction route as it noticed users were selling invites on third-party sites for a profit, which it said wasn't "very fair to our fans or in the spirit of what we're trying to create." By auctioning off invites on eBay, the company is providing an official source of invites, while contributing to charity at the same time.
Currently, 50 invites are available, with another batch of 50 invites set to be released tomorrow. The bids are as high as $355 for a single invite, and with the reservation list crossing a million, it is likely the price will increase further. The auction lasts until August 8, and winners will start receiving their invites from August 10.
Source: OnePlus blog