OnePlus One available without an invitation every Tuesday

OnePlus One sales

The OnePlus One is easily the best phone in its price bracket. In fact, alongside its incredible price point, the one thing that has kept people talking is the company’s unusual – and sometimes controversial – launch and marketing methods. Most frustrating of all was, perhaps, the invite only system. Here was a brilliant handset which didn’t cost very much that you could only get if you managed to snag an invitation.

Thankfully, the company is going to put a hold on its invite system for one day every week. Every Tuesday, from 12:00am Pacific/3:00am Eastern time, the OnePlus One is going to be available to purchase without an invite. Both the Silk White 16GB and Sandstone Black 64GB models will be available at the usual prices of $299 and $349.

Customers who purchase the OnePlus One on Tuesdays will still receive invites to send to their friends who happen to miss the weekly open invitation. And, if you do receive an invitation, you can still use those in any of the 6 other week days.

Whether or not this means the manufacturer will eventually start selling the device normally is yet to be seen. But, it’s still one of the best-priced T-Mobile-friendly phones on the market today. If you’re looking for a great device without a huge outlay, head on over to the OPO store tomorrow (or any other Tuesday) to snag your own.

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  • brybry

    Uh.. the title is wrong.. it says Every Thursday when in reality it’s Every Tuesday.

    • Cam Bunton

      Got it. Thanks! :-/

    • Orlando Duran

      except it doesnt, read again………..”
      OnePlus One available without an invitation every Tuesday

      • brybry

        except it did and you’re 8 hours late.
        If he responded he obviously acknowledged it.

  • besweeet

    Just waiting for a band 2 LTE version…

    • eanfoso

      Yeah not happening, band 2 is an Americas standard, and these Chinese manufacturers will hardly give consideration to the americas

  • joemail12

    garbage phone! dont get it. i had it and used with tmobile. flashed all radio band firmwares out there for it..signal issues all over the fkn place with this junk. its worthless. no band 2 support..shotty radio. no support from opo. i sold it on swappa

  • Justin Jones

    I second Joe’s post. Was really pumped to get this phone. Very disappointed by the reception quality. Sent back for a refund.

  • itguy08

    Hard to recommend a phone for T-Mobile with no Band 2 LTE support. You’d me missing out on all the new GPRS/EDGE->LTE areas!!!

  • brybry

    I had this phone and it worked fine for me both in the (NJ/NY/PA) and even in Costa Rica.

  • jbird5047

    I have the OnePlus and use it in Middle TN and all I can say is it’s spectacular. I have rooted it and am running Lollipop 5.0.2 by Temasek . Super fast, ultra reliable , and inexpensive.

  • dtam

    don’t really think this is news and not sure why they are still doing an invite system at all anymore. they missed their chance to sell a ton of these

    • TechnoRealz

      Because they are a startup trying to make sure they sell what they make.
      Not sure you ever ran a startup before…

      • dtam

        that has nothing to do with it. it was artificial demand that they were trying to drum up. they took it too far. if they really wanted to sell a bunch of these, they would have just let anybody preorder with a deposit.

        I might not have ever run a startup before, but if I did, I would actually try to sell my product to consumers and not make them jump through hoops

  • Adrayven

    Cool idea. Lots of hype around it.. sadly, so far, not that impressed. Reception seems an issue with T-mo and this phone.. My iPhone gets 3-4 bars where this, at best, gets 1 bar or is searching for signal. :(

    So, I ended up going ‘flagship’, again, even though this was ticketed as a flagship killer.. I’d say, not so much. Need to get signal for that to happen. I’m sure it will fit many budgets

  • eanfoso

    Always going crazy over Android stuff, cam there’s still people who love windows phones here! So article about windows phones that are friendly with t mobile?

    • gameovertime1

      Cam won’t fix that issue – if you live in the US the T-Mobile friendly WP phones will be basic phones at best. The Lumia 635 has no measurable advantages over the 521, or 530. Flagship Windows Phones will be hard to come by. We really need to get all WP fans to pull together a united appeal to get some flagship attention on T-Mobile. I’ve been upset by the lack of attention for years, and recently went to a Samsung GS4 that I’m lukewarm about at best. But marketshare for WP and more specifically on T-Mobile to get more better (yeah, I wrote more better) phones…

      • eanfoso

        I know he won’t, but I’m sure iphonelegere will read this blog, plus I’m currently rocking a Lumia 1520 that I got unlocked from att, it’s a really nice phone and I gave my dad my Lumia 1020, my mom wants to upgrade her Lumia 920, but she didn’t want either of ours, she naturally would rather go for the Lumia 930 but it will only work at best with hspa+ on big cities, which we are not a part of and travel rather often, it’s really sad that all of our phones are from att, we’re really eyeballing cricket for the att friendly bands, and no none of us have unlimited data so that wouldn’t be an issue.

        • Ordeith

          And Cricket’s 20GB for $60 is hard to beat.

        • eanfoso

          True, mainly the att coverage, but honestly the person that uses the most data is my mother (I know, she’s one of those cool, cougar moms, no shame in pointing that out) at most she runs 8 gigs so 20 would be plenty, I’m going To check if cricket still has the 100$ switch promotion.

        • Ordeith

          I think that promotion ended in January.

        • Mr Paul

          They now have a ‘one month free for tax season after two months of payments’ promotion, and if she uses 8 on average, get her the 20GB promotion, and even if it were to expire when you choose to switch or try, you can still get 10GB for that price, which is plenty.

    • Cam Bunton

      If there was something happening on that front, you can be sure I’d be writing about it. T-Mobile hasn’t been actively pushing WP for a little while now. But then again, Microsoft hasn’t released a flagship Windows Phone for what seems like an age, at least, not with T-Mo.

      • gameovertime1

        Question for you then – is it mutual disinterest from Microsoft and T-Mobile in flagship devices or is it one sided from T-Mobiles end?

      • eanfoso

        Um this phone wasn’t released with t mobile either, and Microsoft has released Windows phones too, maybe low end but they have. T-mobile hasn’t been pushing this phone either yet you wrote an article about it, and hey I understand where you’re coming from, you need to write an article that will have a lot of visitors to generate revenue, this is your job and with a Windows related article you’ll hardly have any readers, like I get it, we’re just a secluded minority, but we feel diminished when it’s all about Android this Android that when we do what we can to retain loyalty with t mobile.

    • Ordeith

      All the WP fans should probably defect to ATT by now. T-Mobile clearly isn’t interested in us.

      • Mr Paul

        I think T-Mobile is most concerned about selling Android phones to subsequently push out Carrier IQ as much as possible.

        • eanfoso

          Probably, but still, it’s all about choices, something t mobile isn’t exactly providing, other than being a GSM and I want to have at best hspa+ in big cities

      • monkeybutts

        Verizon got the only exclusive flagships last year. Microsoft is waiting to release Windows 10 before they make any new flagships.

      • eanfoso

        I’m contemplating cricket heavily man! It just baffles me that everyone just gets a boner when they hear galaxy or Android or even iPhone

      • sometimes

        I guess you are right. T-Mobile does not want you and Windows phone neither. But we have a much better interactive non official discussion group here than AT&T you seem to like to hang around in. No one to talk to over there?

        • eanfoso

          It’s not that, it’s actually very populated in the forums over there, discussing about the new changes, Lumia 930 working all over att(it’s a European phone that never made it over) but the thing is that some of us like rooting for the underdog, so it’ll be amazing if t mobile could simply show some love, or even empathy for windows aficionados.

    • monkeybutts

      There hasn’t been any Windows phones released for any carrier officially since November when ATT and T-mobile got the HTC One M8 with Windows. Before that was the Lumia 535, 635, and 630. Lumia Icon released last February was the only WP flagship released in the US all of last year. A bunch of unlocked windows phones that no one would buy from Blu and a few other small companies are the only other ones available, Lumia makes up 90% of all WP sales.

      • eanfoso

        Even then the icon comes unlocked and works with t mobile LTE and refarmed hspa+ but still no article about it was ever written

        • monkeybutts

          It might work with T-mobile, but it’s still a Verizon phone, availability is far more limited in that sense. Verizon won’t sell in store at full price usually. Their website in the past also has very limited options of buying a device such as contract only or EDGE plan that requires credit check. I believe it was just a few months ago that they added the full price option.

      • Orlando Duran
      • JW

        Buying any phone from blu is a bad idea. They have no customer service and few of their products ever see an update.

  • Pitahson

    Have this phone since September 2014. It’s a great phone honestly. But yes, using it with tmobile mvno Solavei, signal quality sucked while my sister’s phone had much more signal in the same area. And it’s the radio firmware I believe because this phone uses the same qualcomm based radio that many flagship and even the iPhones have. Seems like one plus and cm are struggling to optimize the radio. There are constant modem updates

    • steveb944

      I’m on the main network and have no issues. Maybe it’s due to the MVNO.

      • Pitahson

        Nah, my sister uses the same mvno. It works, no doubt, but compared to other phones, signal is always 1-3 bars less. Of course, a t-mobile or att being used on their network is best since they are optimized for that network, but yet. There are many factors to this but that’s we my general observation

    • monkeybutts

      It lacks band 2 LTE that most other phones do have, if you find yourself on EDGE often this might be why.

      • Pitahson

        band 2 lte (1900MHZ LTE) is lte in refarmed areas. im in the NYC area so coverage is completely fine here with lte. but yes, all of the areas T-mobile is upgrading from EDGE to LTE, i will not be able to take advantage of with the one plus one. but i switched to cricket so that won’t be much of an issue

  • kgraham182

    Has the OnePlus One been updated since being released? The hardware wasn’t top of the line when release but close enough, it sold on pricing.

    • gmo8492

      The one plus one was a top of the line handset at the time because it still used the same cpu and gpu. It was missing a few “flagship” features but the phone is solid not to mention this thing has 3GB of ram. Currently it’s been updated 5 times with another one on the way, lollipop will be released later this month.

    • TechnoRealz

      It had the similar chipset & components as the HTC One 8 & the Samsung S5.
      Both top tier phones issued in 2014.

  • nain77

    Had this phone for a few weeks, got rid of it ASAP.. Horrible signal with it, my speaker blew, my mic stopped working, and I had ghosting on my screen. Not worth it!

    • Pitahson

      wow. had a rough time it seems. signal is weak compared to toher phones yes, but speaker is pretty great for a phone, mic isnt bad (dont know, really dont record myself and on calls, people don’t complain) and the ghosting was fixed a while back (i believe in mid october)

      • nain77

        Super rough time, at the time I paid $590 off of eBay for the phone when invites were scarce. The phone slowly started breaking down on me (I baby all my phones) . one plus didn’t even bother replying to me once they found out I wasn’t original buyer. So I got stuck with a phone that had a bad touch screen, a blown speaker, mic stopped working, and had little to no signal… It was a nightmare, moved onto the G3, then to the note 4, and now the Nexus 6… None of those phones have any issues whatsoever

  • TK – Indy

    I wanted one badly when it first came out, but was turned off by the invite system. Sounds like it worked out for the best, as it apparently wasn’t all it was hyped to be.

    • Chris

      It’s pretty good for it’s price. The only issue I have is the yellow tint in screen. even then it’s only visible on “full” brightness. If you’re on auto brightness it looks fine.

      • FloridaOJ

        The loca-glue hasn’t cured yet. Hold your phone under a UV light or in direct sunlight for a bit and you should see the yellow fade.

        Google it, if you will. I’m not trolling you. It’s a common issue with the phone.

  • jetscreamer01

    Hate the company, but love the phone. You will not find any other OEM that will sell you a premium device for $350.

    • Mr Paul

      Yeah speaking of prices it makes me sick to my stomach that phones that can easily profit at 300-400 dollars like Samsung’s Galaxy line or Apple’s iPhone are still getting sold at double a fair retail price.

      • bob90210

        A phone is only worth what you’re willing to pay for it.

        • Mr Paul

          Exactly the logic behind why phones are double and triple priced.

        • bob90210

          Double or triple the price of what? The price they should be? So you must be the person who has correctly valued phones and the millions of people are wrong.

        • Mr Paul

          Making money, and simply gouging people are two different things. And if I implied I wouldn’t pay 400-500 dollars for a phone that is worth that price tag, that isn’t true.

          However, the vast majority of phones are viciously overpriced, and the biggest problem on why is because people are subsidizing on contracts, or using payment plans, so there are not enough people to complain.

        • bob90210

          If you don’t want to pay premium prices, then don’t buy premium phones. There are plenty of phones that much cheaper.

        • Mr Paul

          You disregarded where I said I would pay premium prices if I wanted to. Maybe learn to read?

        • FloridaOJ

          Not to be that guy… but based on basic college level statistics, according to intelligence measures at a normal distribution, “Most people are wrong, most of the time.”

          Just saying.

  • one plus one equals shity cell

    NEXUS 5 FTW

  • Orion

    Its 2015….I think people have moved on already.

    • FILA

      Just about to say that. Buy this phone right before the next batch of BIG ones, I’ll pass. They lost their chance, they need a upgrade now

    • TechnoRealz

      Is there something in 2015 that a 2014 High Spec’d smart phone can’t do?

      • Orion

        Its not about the specs. This thing was announced on April 2014……April! Lol now its February 2015 and people still have a hard time getting this piece of junk. This whole launch was a fail…especially with its business practices. But hey..if you like this shady company then by all means have at it.

        • Jay Holm

          April 2014? Well then forget it! The updated model with fast charging should be out sometime in the next couple months.

    • Mr Paul

      Yeah, way too late for them to do this. I was even considering get one several months ago, but that time has passed. Now, forget it.

      Liked it’s been said, it’s release has now been nearly a year, and the hype is over. Plus the fact that they waited so long with the bs invite system has completely turned me away from even considering their products.

  • Paul

    If only it has a micro SD slot.

    • gameovertime1

      I agree with you, but with the 32GB option at a $349 price point goes a long way at helping me to get over it

      • thepanttherlady

        *64GB

        There is no 32GB option.

        • gameovertime1

          SKULL CRACKED by @thepanttherlady:disqus – My point isn’t totally lost though, but well played! Thank you.

      • Paul

        The 64GB is a good deal, but as many videos, music, and documents as I have I prefer to have more space. But you’re right, $350 for a 64GB is a freakin’ sweet deal!!

        • Jay Holm

          Definitely a very, very tempting deal. Will these OnePlus phones get the Lollipop update?

    • Ordeith

      If it only ran something other than Android.

      • bob90210

        If only it would slice bread.

        • that_guy

          What?! It doesn’t slice bread!

        • Ryan Matson

          You obviously aren’t trying hard enough.

      • FloridaOJ

        MS-DOS FTW

  • steveb944

    This is currently my device and I love it. No major issues and any little bugs have been fixed with their timely updates. An update released today with great additions to software and we’ll be getting Lollipop soon.

    Due to pricing this thing is still a steal, or wait for the follow up but be wary of the invite process.

    I’m not sure where people are getting that there’s reception problems, remember the number of bars don’t mean anything. I get better connectivity and speed on my OPO vs my prior devices.

  • The sad thing is that by the time this thing is OFFICIALLY released to the whole public, the OnePlus Two will be either out, or a a month or two away from release *Smh*

    • bob90210

      The invite system worked for One Plus. They did not have the supply to meet the demand so they had a invite system to avoid problem of their product always on backorder. Yes, you did not buy a phone from them and lost you as a customer but you would not have been able to buy a phone from them anyway since they could not produce enough. At least with the invite system, they did not have bad press about the supply problems.

      • It worked for OnePlus One, sure. But just because it worked for propective consumers. one, does not mean it worked for the customer. Some people decided to opt for other phones due to the unexpected release date, even opting for higher priced smartphones. It’s all about convenience for the customer. Some took on the opportunity cost of an opportunity for a cheaper high-end smartphone (the OnePlus One) that they weren’t certain when they’d be able to get, for a higher priced smartphone, that they had an actual release date for.

        • bob90210

          You don’t seem to understand. OnePlus did not have the supply to meet the demand. The product would constantly be out of stock or on backorder without the invite system. The prospective customer would have walked away in either case but the invite system makes it less frustrating.

          It is much more frustrating to show up to a party but not be allowed in because it’s too crowded than to not be invited at all.

          That’s why the invite has been slowly opening up. Either the demand has dropped or the supply has increased.

        • I understand what OnePlus One was doing,and for what reason. The point is, some people didn’t like OnePlus One’s tactics, so some opted out of buying the phone. If you don’t understand that, I don’t know what to tell you. That is all.

        • FloridaOJ

          They don’t understand what you’re trying to tell them. Lol.

        • dtam

          the invite system was crap. even if you registered to get an invite, they didn’t really go in order of when people registered. instead, people who got selected got a few more invites they ebayed.

          not a fair system, people moved on.

  • ianniks

    Waiting for the Zenfone 2

  • StankyChikin

    Next it will be that you can only order on Saturday with video proof that you are standing on your head while ordering.

  • Not1Not2Not3

    Don’t trust a company who can’t supply the demand. The invite system is trash. The only reason they’re doing this every Tuesday sale is to deplete their remaining inventory and to get ready to push out the one+2. Lmao off at “never settle”…hell, I “never” got a opportunity to buy the phone even if I wanted one…

  • Trulo911

    A year ago this company had 8 employees, now it has 88. I am a big fan of start up that planned to sell 50000-80000 phone but ended up selling over a million. Supply Chain manufacturing is very risky at best, too much inventory for month can bankrupt a company of this size. The invite system works very good for them, the options were either invites or pre-order, and pre-order is not a valid option for a company without a reputation (who would pay for a phone from a no name company and wait a month for it to arrive). So this may not work for many Americans who want instant gratification, they see something and they want it now. The company is fully aware that many doesn’t have the patience to wait on a invite but it is there only viable option. In time, the company will grow and will be in a better financial position to stock pile inventory.

    Absolutely an awesome phone at any price range !!!!