This week only: OnePlus One price slashed to $249

 

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Although it only plays nice with one of T-Mobile’s LTE bands, we figured you’d like to hear about an awesome offer from the folks at OnePlus. For this week only, the OnePlus One is going to be subject to a series of flash sales. Each day, from today until June 7, the OnePlus One will be available for as little as $249. There are limited quantities available each day, so your best bet of snagging one at the special price is to be sure to get there early every day.

The 16GB Silk White model will cost you $249, while the 64GB Sandstone Black model will set you back $299 from these times every day:

June 1 – 12:00 GMT (8 am EST)
June 2 – 2:00 GMT (10 pm EST -1 day)
June 3 – 12:00 GMT (8 am EST)
June 4 – 2:00 GMT (10 pm EST -1 day)
June 5 – 12:00 GMT (8 am EST)
June 6 – 2:00 GMT (10 pm EST -1 day)
June 7 – 12:00 GMT (8 am EST)

OnePlus notes in its blog post that – although it doesn’t make money with the One – it decided to experiment with pricing. The only frustration in this deal is that – with all the interest – it appears the OnePlus.net site is slowing down under the strain.

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Although I questioned the claim that it was a “flagship killer”, for the price, the OnePlus One is one of the best phones on the market. Of course, we’re hoping that the OnePlus Two is just as disruptive when it lands on the market this summer. More importantly for T-Mo fans, we hope it supports more LTE bands. Specifically: The 1900MHz and 700MHz bands.

What do you guys make of the deal? Will you be picking one up as a spare, or as a main device?

Source: OnePlus

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  • Derek

    Soooo….. Is this a good phone? Decent? Low end?Honestly, other then in online phone forums, I have never once seen any person actually own this phone in person. Ive seen more Moto phones in the wild then this… LOL

    • Cam Bunton

      Haha. Amazingly, I know one person who isn’t a “techie” who owns it. It really is a good phone.

      • Derek

        Hmm, thanks for the recommendation Cam. By the way… I just wanted to tell you thank you for the awesome amount of work you do on the website. Any updates on the Lumia 640? That’s the phone I am REALLY waiting for.

        • Cam Bunton

          Ha, no problem. The 640 is fantastic for the price, and sadly, not heard anything on an official launch for T-Mo yet. “Spring” is as good as we have so far.

        • Fuego

          The Microsoft representative came to my store today, it’s coming soon. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to tell, but it’s not much further away

      • orlando duran

        Cam….thank you for all you do. You are top notch

        • Cam Bunton

          Thank you, that’s very kind of you to say.

    • thepanttherlady

      I had no issues with it during the time I had it.

      • Cam Bunton

        You get rid of yours?

        • thepanttherlady

          Yes. Went back to the Z2 at the time because I was in the gym so much and it just seemed like a sturdier phone. It’s also water/sweat proof compared to the One. :)

        • Cam Bunton

          Ah.. yes. I kinda wish I still had my Z2. One of the most solid Android phones I’ve used. I’m planning on ordering the Z3+ when it’s out here.

        • thepanttherlady

          I’m holding out for the next Xperia Ultra, if the specs are right.

    • tomsliwowski

      It’s a good phone with completely awful OS choices. I’ve had mine for 8 months as a replacement for my Nexus 4. Initially I was running CyanogenMod 11S, then got the 2 OTAs to CyanogenOS 12 and last week flashed OxygenOS on it.

      These “official” releases are not ready as daily drivers. You either give up stability for better battery life and more things to play with (Cyanogen) or you give up battery life for stability (Oxygen). I know there are 3rd party ROMs but they all feel amateur-ish. I’m hoping that a future update to either CyanogenOS or Oxygen makes this phone the killer it could be but for now there are much better choices out there.

      • Derek

        That’s a shame. It’s interesting how everyone claims they love Cyanogenmod. When I ran it on my Galaxy S4 to try it out it was extremely buggy and as you said, not good at all for a daily driver in my book.

      • wmm1952

        The battery life issue with OxygenOS is mostly due to the Google Play Services wake lock issue, which can be really worked around until they issue an update to fix it. I agree with you about the bugs in CM, but I’m quite happy with OxygenOS.

        • tomsliwowski

          I saw the “FIX” for the wakelock and flashed the fixed .zip from XDA. The issue is that the wakelock is not from Google Play Services anymore and now it’s from Google Services. I just installed Xposed so hopefully I can block it using that but we shouldn’t have to take these steps 2+ months after initial release. A bugfix OTA would be nice but instead of that, OPO is dicking around with lower prices on a semi-broken phone.

        • wmm1952

          There are several different fixes for the wakelock issue floating around, some more effective than others. I’m getting lots of deep sleep on mine now using the DisableService app. I agree that a bug-fix OTA would be nice, but I think they have their hands full getting ready for the 1+2 release (which also explains the inventory-reduction price break); once that’s out and using OxygenOS, I think we’ll see more-frequent updates.

        • tomsliwowski

          While clearing inventory does seem like a logical first step to the 1+2 release; it shouldn’t be an excuse for not supporting their existing product.

          How do you have the DisableService app configured? I’m not sure which of the sub services are OK to disable and which are not.

        • wmm1952

          In the list of “System” services (right-hand tab) under “Google Play services” and “Google Services Framework,” I ENable (add a check mark) to SystemUpdateService (there’s one in each). That has to be done after each reboot, but considering that I only reboot the phone every couple of weeks at most, it’s not too demanding.

    • steveb944

      It’s a great device, more than decent, and a flagship of last year. I still preferred my OPO over the Alcatel device with octa core, that bit of speed made a difference with the OPO vs having band 12. I haven’t felt a need to upgrade because CM has worked great, and when I WAS on KitKat the battery could last 2 days (Lollipop sucks on battery).

      I’ve only seen my own and only one person I’ve met even knows about it before I mentioned it. I get complements on the bamboo all the time, and around iPhone 6+ release I would use my device as reference for those not sure about a phablet so I got to talk it up quite a bit.

      I’m skipping out on the OP2 because I recently went with Yota for the 5 day battery life with e-ink.

    • eAbyss

      It’s last year’s flagship and a decent device but it only supports band 4 LTE on T-Mobile so it’s ill fitted for the network. Get something that supports bands 2, 4, and 12.

      • orlando duran

        It was NEVER a flagship. …this phone is a substandard Chinese pile of junk

  • Sean

    Get you stuff together, OnePlus.

  • fuego

    got rid of mine after 3 weeks, compared to my other phones, I would barely get 1 bar where my other phones would get 4 bars. the service was really bad for me. the phone itself is awesome, with the exception of the mic issues, and screen ghosting, and the yellow bottom.

    • pops87

      :-( oh no, I got super excited and just bought it. Hopefully I get good service I and around Washington DC.

      • wmm1952

        I get great service here in eastern Massachusetts. Recently I’ve been getting around 60 Mbps down, 20 up. I don’t travel all that much, but in the metropolitan areas where I have been with it, I haven’t had any problems with signal strength, only when I’m out in the sticks, which is a T-Mobile problem, not a OnePlus problem.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          That is true to a certain extent, but T-Mobile is actually expanding their coverage “in the sticks” on 1900mhz spectrum – a band the phone does not support.

        • wmm1952

          That’s for LTE (band 2), if I understand correctly. The areas I’m talking about have no connectivity at all. Is T-Mobile also expanding GSM coverage on 1900? The 1+1 does support GSM on 1900 MHz.

      • eAbyss

        I believe a lot of what they’re rolling out around DC is band 2 and 12 which the 1+1 doesn’t support so you won’t have access to all of T-Mobile’s network in that area. There should still be band 4 but you’ll have a better experience with a phone with full band support.

  • wmm1952

    I’ve had one since last July and am very happy with it. So far, I haven’t had any problems with the lack of bands; band 4 has been available pretty much everywhere I’ve been, although I may upgrade to the 1+2 when it comes out if it supports the additional bands. I’m using their OxygenOS ROM, which is very solid, although plain (few extensions over vanilla AOSP). CyanogenMod was good but too buggy for me. Anyhow, it’s the best phone I’ve ever owned — fast, great battery life, great camera — and would definitely buy it again.

  • gmo8492

    They’re just trying to clear inventory for the OnePlus 2. The phone is great and very powerful and since there is no added bloat it flies through everyday tasks. I would recommend just waiting for their next phone and hopefully it supports all of T-mobile’s LTE bands.

  • Stefan Naumowicz

    Have had this phone since February and I absolutely love it. Performs excellent, runs 5.0.2 android, large beautiful screen and camera… Is truly the flagship killer it claims to be. There is no 700 MHz anywhere near me (Albany NY) so the lack of support is a non factor for me – however, lack of 1900mhz LTE is occasionally an issue when outside of cities.

    • orlando duran

      A cheap Chinese phone can not be a flagship killer. There is a reason the company operates as it does. I had one, it was a huge pile of junk. If you think this is the best, then you have a lot of growing up to do

  • Goat

    This phone is in my opinion the best bang for your buck, though I agree with the previously posted comments that they are clearing for the OnePlus Two. I might even consider passing the OnePlus One down, and getting the OnePlus Two if they include Band 12 and some other bands. I think that’s by default going to happen especially because the 1+1 works phenomenally on T-Mobile’s network.

  • iMotoXperiaGalaxy

    The Idol 3 is better imo.

    Haha!

  • Raiterio Patterson

    Price drop on the One Plus One? Wonder what that could mean…??

  • eAbyss

    With only band 4 LTE support, no matter how tempting, this phone is useless on T-Mobile’s network.

    • Goat

      Mines doing great, it’s not PERFECT, but it works really well. 1+2 better have those necessary bands though…Well, I’m not that worried.

  • mrpickem

    No thx..rather have a real smart phone…no imitations
    please

    • orlando duran

      Exactly my point as well

  • Joshua

    Had mine for a month ….not impressed. Maybe the two will be better.

  • patt

    nah thanks