The OnePlus Invite System [Updated May 9]

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  1. Carl

    Carl Administrator Staff Member


    Buying a popular smartphone can be a frustrating experience, both for consumers and manufacturers alike. This is something we’re trying to solve.

    For consumers, a product they have anticipated for a long time might be sold out immediately before they even have a chance to place an order. Some offer pre-orders, which often means a long time between paying for your order and actually having it shipped. The worst experience for consumers is probably when a company decides to sell in batches where you have to set a reminder to patiently wait for a batch, log onto the website to disappointedly find out that it got sold out. When you eventually get a chance to buy one, it’s actually a pre-order that you’ll need to wait a long time to receive again.

    Why do manufacturers do this? It’s very hard to predict the future, and hardware is expensive. Producing larger batches means tying in more capital and increasing risk. Making too many devices that end up not being sold can bankrupt a business easily. In addition, there’s always a production ramp up period where production yield increases by time. This is another reason to why it’s hard to have a lot of stock from the very beginning. When the choice is between selling to a few users first, or stocking up and delaying launch, it’s not a difficult decision to choose the former.

    [Updated May 9] Another reason to the invite system is because we're still learning. Launching a product worldwide is ambitious for a 5 month old startup. We are sure that there will be hiccups along the way and that the purchasing experience will not be perfect from the very start. With invites, we can control and ramp up availability, giving a chance for our logistics and customer service teams to catch up if anything unexpected happens.

    Good Products Shared Among Friends

    To solve these problems, we have created a much more user friendly way of buying the device through the OnePlus Invite System. With an invite, you can be 100% sure that you’ll actually be able to buy it, and it ships within a few days. In contrast to staying up in the middle of the night trying to buy one along with 20,000 other people. So in the true spirit of the OnePlus name, a good product gets spread by word of mouth, shared among friends for that extra personalized touch.

    So how do you get an invite? Invites will also be made available through friends, contests, and on this forum (you have not been forgotten). We value thoughtful contributions from active fans. Once you’ve bought a OnePlus One, you’ll also become eligible to invite your friends in the future.

    In the beginning, they’ll be available in limited quantities, but as time progresses they’ll become easier and easier to come by.

    Please Note: There are no invites to give away as of today. More information will be available on the day of launch.

    Update 1: Some have voiced concerns about there being a second market for invites. The Invite System was designed to counter this from the start, with us having full control over distribution and expiry times. The re-sale of invites will not be a major issue.

    Update 2: We have received some great feedback over the past few hours, and understand that not everyone likes to hang out on online forums. I want to clarify that both those who have supported us from the beginning on the forums, and those who have been interested but not registered on the forums will have ways to get invites.

    Update 3 (May 9, 2014): There are a few commonly asked questions regarding the invite system that I can help clear up:

    How do I get an invite?
    The main method of getting invites will be through others. In the beginning, when not a lot of other people have the device, you'll be able to get invites through contest and raffles. We have planned ways so our early fans, as well as people who weren't here from the beginning will be able to obtain invites.

    When do the next batch of invites roll out?
    The first real batch of invites roll out late May, and will be of the 64GB Sandstone Black version. Any invites that you might have been promised before this, will be sent during this time.

    How long are invites valid for?
    For invites that you receive, they are typically valid for 24 hours. If they expire, they get returned to sender so someone else can get a chance to buy it. Alternatively, you can ask for the sender to resend it to you. For invites that you can give away, they are usually valid for longer, usually 1-2 weeks.

    How many invites can I give away?
    This varies. In the beginning, the quantities will be smaller, but increased as time goes by. You will frequently receive new invites to give away as production ramps up.

    When do I receive invites to give away?
    You do not automatically receive invites when you purchase a phone. We will need to manually roll them out according to our operations situation.​
    Last edited: May 9, 2014
  2. MrAndroid

    MrAndroid Level: Jelly Bean

    And if I have no friends :( ?
  3. Dat_Yew

    Dat_Yew Level: Éclair

    sounds cool...
  4. alextdarling

    alextdarling Level: Jelly Bean

    Who gets the initial invited?

    Edit: I received my Invite, hope many more recieve theirs!
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2014
  5. SiddharthSaxena

    SiddharthSaxena Level: Cupcake

  6. jamesk

    jamesk Level: Éclair

    Hopefully the first few people posting in this thread :)
  7. tejajuloori

    tejajuloori Level: Honeycomb

    so its a complicated process to buy the 1+1 now
    hopefully will get a invite
    Denitsa, cimensel, nalaka716 and 55 others like this.
  8. Berryminton

    Berryminton Level: Cupcake

    Waiting for the invite contest!
    wiildariio, trala, Jens Bang and 35 others like this.
  9. Ziya38

    Ziya38 Level: Froyo

  10. laughingmonsta

    laughingmonsta Level: Jelly Bean

    Whilst this may seem like a good way of spreading word of mouth - it seems crazy for those of us who would be willing to buy on day of launch being denied that chance because we don't have an invite! - Shame!
  11. linksd4

    linksd4 Level: Ice Cream Sandwich

    hmmmm have an aunty in Belgium cool
  12. mydragoon

    mydragoon Level: KitKat

    wow... sounds like Gmail when they first started. limited invites.

    also sounds like network marketing minus the payout scheme...:D:p
  13. phoenixrising

    phoenixrising Level: Ice Cream Sandwich

    who has invite?
  14. eeekelen

    eeekelen Level: Doughnut

    How do i get an invite then?

  15. Ndrew14

    Ndrew14 Level: Froyo

    WTF? i can't buy a OnePlus One on 23? I need a invitation from a contest in this forum to get 1+1? O don't understand...
    Jens Bang, Yazqa, dermerkel and 53 others like this.
  16. J0han

    J0han Level: KitKat Moderator

    I just received my stickers. Good timing :)
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2014
  17. Jousa11

    Jousa11 Level: KitKat

    I wish I could have an invite
  18. iammodo

    iammodo Level: Cupcake

    Rather odd way of doing it. May put some people off.
    Can't wait to see more info on how to get an invite.
    Maybe a sticker placed somewhere special, I have a few left over.
  19. Sparkolo

    Sparkolo Level: KitKat Senior Moderator

    That's actually a pretty good idea! Good job OnePlus! :)
    Looking forward to have an invite and to invite other forum users through time, I want everyone I know from this forum to be able to buy their OnePlus One :) And all my friends too!
  20. cybertoon

    cybertoon Level: Doughnut

    Sexymom, kss2609, kapil p and 33 others like this.
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