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Buy the OnePlus One without an invite on Jan. 20

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The OnePlus One is a solid phone (as highlighted in our review), but remains to be one you're unable to purchase unless you receive an invite. The company is planning to run yet another day for those interested in purchasing one to place an order without an invite on January 20.

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The promotion will run between 19:00-21:00 GMT / 7PM-9PM EST on the day. Both the 16 GB Silk White and 64 GB Sandstone Black versions will be available without invites. The 16GB version will set you back $299, while the 64GB variant costs $349. Do note that you'll only have a two hour window to act.

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131 Comments
  • Invite LOL yeah right. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Anyone know how much duty is on this thing when ordered from BC, Canada? Posted from my TARDIS!
  • There's some stuff on their forums about it. I heard that it gets expensive Posted via...The One
  • $62CAD. I got mine last week via an invite. That was a little but bit of a surprise but keep in mind that you get a solid and very powerful phone with 64GB. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No duty or brokerage fees if you have it shipped by USPS/Canada Post, but it is much slower than 2 days by courier.
  • I live in BC and I ended up paying about $475 with taxes, shipping and duty included. Posted via OnePlus One
  • It cost me around $30 and I live in Alberta. I would assume around the same price for you as well. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well, this phone is definately full of duty..../zing Posted via Android Central App
  • Not sure if I want to go for it. Considering the 64 bit processors and the growing popularity of 1400p screens, I might wait for newer releases in March. Posted on my Galaxy S5
  • Ya but that'll cost you more than twice the $350 1+1. It really is a phenominal Deal. Posted via the Unrivaled Note 4
  • And neither of those will matter in the real world on a phone.
  • Asus Zenfone 2 Posted via Android Central App on 1+1
  • You should wait for 2160p. The pixels on the Oneplus One are so big you can chew on them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I hope that was sarcasm. The Oneplus One has a PPI of 401, which is more than great. 4k resolution and higher seems like a huge waste on a 5-6 inch screens.
  • 4K resolution is a waste on TVs. Of course it's a waste on phones. You have to sit 2' from a 50" 4K to see the pixels. Who does that? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Go ahead and wait just don't expect to pay 350. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm convinced the invite system is mostly to keep the phone in the news. Otherwise it would've dropped off the radar long ago like so many products before it. Hope whoever does want this phone will be able to finally get it though. Posted from my HTC One M8 via Android Central App
  • Not a bad idea, but I think it is more to do with production! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think you're on to something. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • It's not a new nightclub that the owners have made difficult to get in so it can become more exclusive. The big boys can afford to produce millions of phones and only sell 73% of them, a company trying to get it's toes in the water can't Posted via...The One
  • If they haven't figured out average month on month production and sales numbers by now, they're being run by some seriously incompetent morons. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • I don't agree with the invite system by any means, but it didn't impede me getting the phone either. Being morons aside, they sold almost a million devices in 2014, invites and all Posted via...The One
  • No brother. The invite is the way they found to control the stock of smartphones... The aim was 50.000 and they currently sold more than 1million. Also they are the ones selling. They studied what would take to build the phone and make a little profit having the customer in mind. This is the flagship killer without thinking of the price. if thinking about it is the bomb... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Flagship killer... don't think so. Unless people only use these as some sort of gadgets to placate their need for electronic distraction while outside the comfort of their dwelling, the OnePlusOne isn't a "great" communication device... for one, signal reception is horrid on the OPO compared to other devices out there. Had mine for a few weeks and got rid of it. Ya, it's a gadget, nice one, but that's all it is. Enthusiast's "«Phone»" »
  • At home I get a poor signal from T-Mo. (exists, just weak). With the OPO I've had fewer dropouts than my previous Galaxy S2. It also seems to work better that my wife's Moto G. That's not to say on other frequencies it does worse, but with T-Mo it works better than those phones for me. Very solid phone. zero issues.
  • You mean some people are still using these things as phones?!?! Posted via the Android Central App
  • The new one plus one,I have got to have one. In regards to the invite",how does one receive one?" I happened on the new one plus one searching for a new android. Wow,I have got to have one. A friend told me to forget the I-6 plus.intrigued by the one plus,and it's mine. Someone out there tell me how to get an invite $350 is not bad considering I paid $500 for my I-5s. One plus one(awesome)13 mp camera
  • It's not a flagship killer if no one has it. Posted via Android Central App
  • Bingo! you got that right.
  • The invite system allows them to build phones ordered in December with money made from orders in January.
  • Ponzi scheme Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Stop using phrases you don't understand A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation where the operator, an individual or organization, pays returns to its investors from new capital paid to the operators by new investors, rather than from profit earned by the operator At what point did OnePlus promise to pay us a return? Maybe you should look up Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff idiot Posted via...The One
  • It is a figure of speech denoting the need to rob Peter to pay Paul. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • Still not accurate. I ordered my second OPO (for my wife) on 1/1. It was in my hands in 6 days. Build date was 11/30. Nice try tho. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You musta caught them on delivery day Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • I could see that but it really is a production issue. The phone itself is a very well made phone and the manufacturing process by a small company takes while. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Can I purchase this phone without invitation !! I'm from India !!! Plz reply ??? Posted via the Android Central App
  • You can find the countries to which this phone can be shipped to on the company's website. If India is there, then yes, if not, then no.
  • Even though I own the phone and mostly support the company, I'd have to say this isn't really a big deal, especially only for a few hours Posted via...The One
  • a few hours that they'll manage to mess up again
  • Something else I was thinking. Hope they finally got those servers right Posted via...The One
  • I think invite system is in place because they can't manufacture enough units. They make a limited quantity batch and then send out invites to sell the batch and it keeps going like this. These no-invite windows mean that either they have increased their production capacity or not many people left to buy these hand sets anymore. On XDA, there are many invites on daily basis that go to waste unclaimed. They should announce Oneplus Two already if they want to stay relevant and not just some chinese company with a nice phone on cheap.
  • Who cares, Invite, lol. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Still the least expensive good speced phone...somewhat available....Its easier to get an invite than fit in that 2 hour window. Posted via Serenity
  • Hey! That's my birthday! But I'll gladly pass. I'm happy with my Note 4. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Happy early birthday! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because they suffer from economies of scale and are keeping margins tight to sell what they manufacturer, the invite system is very smart at the start. But going forward it will alienate the following. I imagine for the next version they will open it first to the earlier adopters then release in staged open batches and hopefully with 6 more months or so be able to offer general release. Don't forget that with all online purchases there is degree of claw backs depending on your credit card so pre long in advance pre ordering gets hairy if they fall into production hiccups. That been said it's great price for that phone contract free. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Great bang for the buck phone with NO crap ware.
    The value of NO crap ware makes it priceless.
    You can easily make it Your phone and not what some mega manufacture decides that you need.
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App with my OnePlus One.
  • Even with the invite system, the phone is easier to get than the Nexus, if you're one that doesn't want to pay the additional carrier rate. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Huh? What additional carrier rate on the Nexus? I paid exactly $649 on T-Mobile. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think he considers the $649 price already a carrier rate. Previous Nexus phones were great values (like the OPO)
  • Not every Nexus was a budget phone. People like to forget that. And this time there are few compromises. Posted via Android Central App
  • Who cares.
  • That's my feeling exactly. Posted via Android Central App
  • Awesome, getting a third one for the family Posted via the Android Central App
  • Right before we announce the one plus 2! What a great deal! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Despite what anyone thinks about the company's invite system and other policies, the handset itself is still a fantastic piece of hardware and one of the best values available. If anyone is still on the fence about buying one, you will not be disappointed.
  • Asus zenfone 2 for 200 bucks no invite necessary. Opo got killed at their own game. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I had recently looked into possibly getting a OnePlus One phone, but their invite system and lengthy delivery time was a bit of a turn off for me. Also, there were a lot of new smartphones introduced at CES which seemed to have similar or better hardware at a similar low cost, so I think I'll wait a few months and see what else is available. Also, I've read rumors that OnePlus will be coming out with their next-gen model, so it might be worth waiting to see how that develops.
  • It's very easy to get an invite, I have gotten so many I gave them away Posted via the Android Central App
  • There is always something new just around the corner. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Intel Atom processor.... Yeah, no. It's cheap because it offers nothing of value and has a metric ton of bloat. It also comes out in March 2015...
  • Ummm no. It's a $200 phone with a quad core 1.8 GHZ and 2gb of ram with 1080p 5.5" screen and other high end specs and benchmarks right up there with all the flagship phones which cost $600-$850. Anturu 41,000 There is also a 2.3 GHz 4gb version coming out, the first phone with 4 gb of Ram.
  • Aww, 41,000 antutu for a 2015 release phone, that's cute. My 2014 OnePlus One just ran 47,522. Yeah, it cost more, but for $350, there was nothing in fall '14 that could come close to the value/$. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Still a great device for a great price. I purchased two, gave away six invites in the AC OnePlus forum, and I have another invite coming for filling out their year end survey. I have less time invested in OnePlus than an afternoon of checking out the latest and greatest on AC. Too easy. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I am not sure if I understand you . I would be very happy to get an invite from you for a Oneplus telephone (if possible)!
  • Sorry, my english is not so good - what do you mean...Take?
  • When I receive the invite I'll post it in the OnePlus forum. Posted via the Android Central App with my OnePlus One.
  • Where's NoNexus at? Posted via the Android Central App
  • May as well wait for the OnePlus Two Posted via the Android Central App
  • Equals three.
  • Wow, that joke never gets old! Seriously, you're about a year too late. Again, the pricing has to be right. Posted via the Android Central App
  • 19:00-21:00 GMT is 2pm-4pm EST
  • From the source link: ASIA
    19:00-21:00 HKT
    EUROPE
    19:00-21:00 GMT
    NORTH AMERICA
    7PM-9PM EST
  • oh.. I see now... they have multiple different times for different zones...
    thanks!
  • I bet the new model is right around the corner.
  • Wouldn't be until summer. I would get the asus Zenfone 2, I won't be upgrading this year unless project Ara comes out Posted via Android Central App on 1+1
  • Summer IS this year :)
  • What about bamboo styleswap cover?
    I love my One but the asus Zenfone 2 kills the one in terms of specs and price. Probably be $250 for into atom, 4gb ram, 13mp camera with laser auto focus and 5mp front camera with brush aluminum back. (is it dual sim or not?) Posted via Android Central App on 1+1
  • I heard probably no dual sim for America. The back cover is actually plastic made to look like aluminum. Still, the $200 version looks like THE best deal in phones by a long shot. I'm guessing the 4 gb model, as it also come with a 2.3 GHz processor as apposed to the 2gb 1.8 GHz model, will be closer to $300 than $250, just a guess and it would still be a great deal.
  • Kind of late don't you think? I bet they are trying to clear inventory.
  • 1+1=2
  • aren't all sales designed to clear inventory? But OPO doesn't keep much inventory, so they manufactured for the sale. I suspect the no-invite days are basically a way to sell phones to those who despise the invite system. The limited window allows them to still control backorders/inventory.
  • I won't need a invite when I buy my Note 4 in a couple of weeks for a superior device in every way. Posted Via AT&T Note 3
  • Except you'll need to pay about twice as much...I love the Note lineup, but the OnePlus is still an insane deal. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't care that the Note 4 is twice as much. Its still a better device. Sorry some us have more financial resources then others. Posted Via AT&T Note 3
  • but not for $350. The stand-out feature of the phone is the price. (for decent specs)
  • The note 4 is still the better value. Especially since it is from a reputable company, unlike the lie that is this pos company Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Lie? I seem to have my phone and it works as advertised. Crapsung can keep their bloated Touchwiz.
  • Doesn't change the fact they are full of liars. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Samsung Galaxy s5 , note 4. Smokes this phone Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ever look at antutu? Note beats it, not S5. Plus, no crapware and it doesn't have the shitstorm that is TouchWiz Posted via the Android Central App
  • You know how I know you have no clue? Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Will the One plus work on Verizon? Posted via Android Central App
  • No. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't think so. Only GSM carriers.
  • And they include the nice yellow tint at the bottom for free.
  • Yeah...people haven't had that issue for a few months now. Try again. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No thanks. The two I purchased had this problem. They won't get another try from me.
  • I've had three, and the first was ordered during late June. No problems with yellow screens, although I did hate the touch sensitivity which is why I got rid of them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I had that problem, as well. I'm thinking that was a software problem that they sorted out by now? For me about every 3rd swipe didn't register. Pretty sad. And from the state of the Lollipop ROMs out now (a friend has one), it appears to be quite awhile before 5.0 will be usable on this device. I agree with the points that the ship has sailed on this phone/company and others are lining up to take its place. Go Asus.
  • No yellow tint on any Oneplus One I have seen, perfect phone Posted via the Android Central App
  • Read the forum... Oh wait they delete those. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • How would you know? Corny ass poser Posted via...The One
  • Cached pages, nothing on the Internet fully goes away. Stop defending the indefensible Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Mine doesn't have it. I think they fixed that manufacturing problem.
  • Why not buy a LG G2, it's $350 new on Amazon. No invite, no BS, huge development community. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Except it is even older, running the same spec as the Nexus 5 since it is the hardware that was used in the making of the 5.
  • Oh, sorry, akready got me otber phone.. Maybee next time..
  • Have had mine for 2 months now. So far so good. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No invite... But you go on a waiting list... Now serving.. Number 3... Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's called scarcity people, look it up, it's one of the greatest sales techniques of all time. Posted via the Android Central App
  • wish they would send me an invite for the bamboo back cover for my OPO!
  • It's already old in the tech world. But for that price its alrigjt Posted via the Android Central App
  • Old phone is old. Money is much better spent on a gently used, modern phone (Z3compact, Note 4, Moto X, etc). Passo
  • They blew it with the invite system. The new flagship killer is the $200 Asus Zenfone that you will actually be able to buy without jumping through hoops. No silly invites (right, we know, that's because it's "exclusive" ) and a huge company behind it with real customer service and a long track record. Plus it's a better deal for what you get, simple as that.
  • if i buy this i have a iphone 5c sim card can i put the sim into this phone
  • Yes, they started to include a nano Sim tray with the phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Seriously. Why are they still doing this stupid crap? I understand that there are issues with keeping up with the large demand but they should just open it up to everyone with the disclaimer that the device will be back-ordered and that customers will be notified when it is available to ship and then bill them if they're still interested. .
  • Still a quality phone. I thoroughly enjoyed using mine while I owned it. Posted Approved by Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Lol, seriously, die already. Posted via Android Central App
  • Does anyone still cares? Posted via the Android Central App
  • After over a year of being announced, the endless contests and hassles, the flat out lies and gibberish. I would hope not Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Esrf gijdf ,kgnj Posted from my POTATO.
  • People still complaining about the invites, lol. I spent less time on the forum getting an invite and then ordering the phone than I've spent on ATT website ordering crapware-loaded, overpriced "upgrades." Seriously, you'd think people who live on an android forum would know this. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You should not have to spend a second trying to buy a phone. Not one. It was supposed to be available for general sale in q2, another lie Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Maybe, but in reality, you have to take two seconds (even more!) no matter where you choose to make your purchase. Fact is, purchasing the OPO was no more difficult or time consuming than any other phone purchase I've made. If it's that hard for you, well, good luck in life. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I like my OnePlus One.
    Wife needed a new phone b/c her Galaxy nexus finally bit the dust.
    I gave her my Note 3, and bought an OPO because I couldn't swallow $700 for a Nexus 6.
    It's a fine phone. not great, not bad, just performs solidly, and was C-H-E-A-P. No complaints really from me. Except lack of cool cases and minor cyanogen bugs.
  • Too small for me. I need at least 6 inches.