OnePlus One now available without invites

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One of the biggest talking points of last year was the OnePlus One. It was “the flagship killer” of 2014, and although many loved its power and performance for little money, it was its route to market we were all talking about. Whether it was the controversial publicity stunts or the frustrating invites system, the OnePlus One was constantly in the press. And finally, you can buy one without a magic code.

OnePlus announced this morning that you can now purchase the unlocked smartphone without needing an invite. Both the silk white 16GB and sandstone black 64GB models are available, as well as a bunch of accessories – including the previously limited bamboo StyleSwap cover.

The lower priced model is available for $299 while the 64GB model is just $50 more at $349. It is worth noting that it’s not compatible with all of T-Mobile’s LTE bands. So if you’re in an area where T-Mobile has just deployed 1900MHz band 2 LTE, you won’t be able to make full use of the OPO. It only supports bands 1, 3, 4, 7, 17, 38 and 40. In short: Only T-Mobile’s 1700/2100 frequencies are covered. No 1900MHz or 700MHz on the magenta network. Be sure to check T-Mobile’s coverage map to see which network is in your area.

There are a couple of possible reasons for the sudden open invitation for the OPO. Most likely – Supply and demand are finally equal. OnePlus can finally make enough devices, quickly enough to match the waning popularity of the device. Second – There’s a new model in the works which we probably won’t see until later this year.

If you haven’t bought one yet, and want to, head on over to the OnePlus online store and grab yourselves one of the best phones of the past year. If you’re already an owner, let us know what it’s like having had one as a daily driver.

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  • javid

    Thanks for the info that the OnePlus One does not support those newer TMo bands… thats good info to know when thinking of buying a smartphone these days.
    You mention “Be sure to check T-Mobile’s coverage map to see which network is in your area.” – but each time when i look at Tmo’s coverage site, i dont see where i can find the actual network frequencies supported… can you please tell me where i should find this info?
    Im in Houston now – but a fellow ex-Cumbrian from Whitehaven!

    • Cam Bunton

      If you can’t find the network info on your area, it normally means you have band 4. From what I’ve seen, it only shows the specific band on the map where it has either band 2 or band 12.

      Houston, TX is a band 4 area, although they have been rolling out band 12 there too.

      I wouldn’t boast too proudly about being from Whitehaven. ;-) I’m actually Welsh, and currently living in Cumbria.

      • Gabi Silver

        Am i correct that it would not be legal to manually add band 2 & 12 to my phone?

        • Fabian Cortez

          You physically couldn’t.

    • Gabi Silver

      For the most part, the T-mo coverage map does have frequency info. Click on a spot on the map, and if that locations LTE is just one band, it will say ”
      There is newly expanded 4G LTE here. See if your device is compatible with the service in this area.” This will then send you to a page that lists band 2 or band 12 devices. If not, it should be band 4, assuming its magenta.

  • Gabi Silver

    I have a oneplus and it really is as good as all the hype is about it. Not having a 4K screen really helps with battery life. But, I live in CT, where band 12 has been deployed in many towns, so therefore I really wish that it supported it. I made the sacrifice of this great phone for not having great coverage outside of shopping centers.

    • g2a5b0e

      You mean a 2K screen. There are no phones with 4K screens…yet.

      • Gabi Silver

        yes your right i mean 2K

  • williejackbrainer

    I might buy it as a backup phone. However, am curious to see what the newer model with bring.

    • Cam Bunton

      Same.. I’m still regretting selling mine, and almost tempted to buy another. But, I figure it’s worth waiting a few months.

  • whgarner

    I have a oneplus, love it, except for no wifi calling available.

  • kev2684

    at this point nobody cares anymore. it’s a older than all flagships it was supposed to beat and the hype it had a year ago faded quickly when the invites thing didn’t go away by june.

  • Isaac P

    Article to confirm invitation still required http://phandroid.com/2015/04/20/oneplus-2-requires-invite/

    • thepanttherlady

      That article is about the OnePlus Two. This article is about the OnePlus One.

  • Joe

    This phone is absolutely useless on t-mobiles network. No band 12 yeah I get that but no band 2 like WTF.

    • thepanttherlady

      I never had any issues using mine on T-Mobile’s network.

      • Joe

        Ok yeah it will work if you are in a band 4 area but most of t-mobiles LTE will now be on band 2 so yeah.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Not most. But the rural areas, yes.

        • Joe

          Yeah right now not most but band 2 will soon be a very big deal and don’t tell me that there is someone that does not leave the city ever cuz I barely travel but I still need band 2 plenty of times.

        • scweddyballs

          Most of T-Mobile’s LTE is band 4* 1700/2100mhz

        • Joe

          Yes at the moment that is correct but by the end of this year probably 1/2 the network will be band 2.

        • TechnoRealz

          Are TMO going turn off those Band 4 sites & replace them with Band 2?

        • eAbyss

          No, they’re re-farming band 2 spectrum to LTE so it will be in addition to. Unfortunately T-Mobile uses band 2 for it’s legacy networks so most of us won’t see any band 2 or benefit from it for some time. Band 12 is more important to have than band 2 at this time.

    • Fabian Cortez

      No HD voice too.

      • Joe

        Yeah that to.

    • scweddyballs

      Band 12 is only in a handful of markets..

      • Joe

        That is why I said I get it cuz it came out before t-mobile hade band 12 plus I still would not recommend buying a phone without band 12 now cuz in 1 year it will be in quite a few markets.

      • Jay Holm

        Regardless of where it might or might nit be deployed right this moment, it’s very important to have a phone that is ready for both the near future and the long term.

    • Goat

      I have had nothing but good service with mine.

      • Joe

        Of cores you did if you did not leave band 4 LTE market. But when you travel you will wish u had band 2.

        • TechnoRealz

          No hillbilly- the phone won’t work in your neck of the woods.

        • Joe

          Why would this make me a hillibilly? I live in a band 4 market and only leave the city like 5 times a year so I don’t see why i’m a hillibilly if I would like to have lte when I leave the city.

    • eAbyss

      Almost all of T-Mobile’s LTE is on band 4 and band 2 and 4 provide similar coverage so no band 2 isn’t that big of a deal. Band 12 on the other hand…

      • Joe

        Um yeah so what are u going to do when u leave the city with no band 2? And yes I know there coverage difference is not to big. Band 12 is very important but unfortunately this phone was released before t-mobile had any

    • Dan MacRae

      If they add Bands 2 & 12 on the One Plus Two, I would probably buy it. My S4 performs like crap, and it is barely 18 months old. I am never spending that kind of money again on a new phone, and certainly didn’t think I would be looking to replace it this soon. $700 plus for the S6 is a joke.

      • Joe

        Yeah they probably will but yeah the s6 is expensive but I had to buy it cuz I was using an s2 before it, which was a nightmare but I managed to survive somehow.

      • Bravadu

        In my experience, Android comes out of the gate really strong but ages really badly.

  • MKashi

    No article about the Z4 unveil?

    • thepanttherlady

      Is one really worth it? :/ Rumor is that this was only for Japan and that the “real” Z4 is coming.

      • MKashi

        oh ok, I thought it was “the” Z4 launch but available in Japan first

        • thepanttherlady

          I read a few articles this morning that believe there may be another release later. The belief or opinion is that Sony released this in Japan now because they demand to have 2 flagships a year. Based on the specs, I pray there is more truth to this than rumor.

    • Cam Bunton

      I would if we knew it was coming to T-Mobile. We only know that it’s in Japan…

      • John

        You are covered OnePlus One and that isn’t coming to T-Mobile :)

        • Cam Bunton

          Yep, because it’s available to buy in the U.S., and it works on T-Mobile. ;-)

  • dtam

    only a year late?

  • Fabian Cortez

    Too late. The phone is missing so much.

  • Ordeith

    They need a model refresh. Selling old stock of old phones doesn’t get my interest.

    • Goat

      Soon I bet :DD

    • eAbyss

      There’s supposed to be a OnePlus Two coming out later this year. Plus this phone isn’t even a year old…

  • josh

    when will the g flex 2 be available for tmobile. its already on at&t and sprint

    • fhritp

      Unfortunately Tmo isn’t carrying the flex 2 because the first one didn’t do so well on Tmo. I think I was one of about 5 people in my area who actually owned it. People always thought I broke my phone haha.

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  • S6andNote4isBoss

    Definitely worth a good laugh. The One Plus None was a sad JOKE when launched last year especially in the phablet space.