You can buy a OnePlus One without an invite, but there are several catches

by: Bogdan PetrovanJune 16, 2014

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OnePlus did a great job drumming up the excitement for its “2014 flagship killer”, but not such a great job at actually making it available to eager buyers.

The invitation system in particular caused quite a bit of controversy, but OnePlus also had trouble shipping devices to early invite holders last week.

The good news is there’s a way to bypass all the waiting, but you’ll have to know a few things first.

Online retailer is selling the OnePlus One right now, no invite required. Oppomart has a relatively good reputation, so if you’re going to buy a OnePlus One from a third-party, it’s as good as you get. Plus, you get free worldwide shipping, a 2-year warranty for the device, and a 30-day money back guarantee. And the device is in stock right now.

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Now for the caveats – first, the price: Oppomart only offers the 16GB version of the OnePlus One for $399, which is $100 more than what OnePlus asks for it.

Second, you won’t get CyanogenMod on the device – the retailer claims “CyanogenMod is not ready for the device yet,” so you will get instead a device running Color OS, the Android implementation offered by Oppo (OnePlus’ sister company) on the Find 7. It should be easy to install CM11 manually, but not everyone is comfortable doing that.

Third, you will need to be careful about the LTE bands. According to Oppomart, the One supports the following bands: WCDMA: 1/2/4/5/8 (850/900/1900/2100 MHz) and LTE FDD: 1/3/4/7/17/38/40 (1800/2100/2600MHz). Before you place your order, make sure that your carrier supports some of the listed bands in your market.

With these sizeable catches out of the way, why would you shell out an extra $100 for the 16GB OnePlus One and go through the hassle of ordering from a third-party retailer? Well, if you live in one of the 16 markets where OnePlus currently sells devices, you might want to wait. But if you urgently need a phone, if you don’t have an invite, or if OnePlus doesn’t sell devices in your country, Oppomart seems like a good alternative, and it’s definitely better than buying from shady resellers on eBay or Craigslist.

  • namesib

    This company is a joke.

    • Guest123

      This is just Oppo using a subsidiary to drum up business, now they are trying to cash in on it.

      So, clearly the One+1 could be sold directly for the MSRP as they clearly have enough IN STOCK.

      Pass. . . I’ll be sticking with my LG.

  • MasterMuffin

    Are there any flashable CM11S ROMs or can you only flash normal CM to it?

    • Corbin Crutch

      No, there’s CM11S already

      • MasterMuffin

        Well then this could be a good deal, but still not

        • Corbin Crutch

          Right though?

          • MasterMuffin

            Or left?

          • Corbin Crutch

            I say up!

          • MasterMuffin

            We have an agreement!

          • Corbin Crutch

            The opposite of what OnePlus’s social media outreach attempts are doing

          • MasterMuffin

            I seriously lost interest to 1+1 a long time before they actually announced the phone because of their ridiculous PR. I liked them for a moment after I found out about the price, but soon after the dislike came back.

          • Jayfeather787

            I think you said you have a Nexus 5. I have one, and it is a brilliant phone. Not worth the upgrade to the OnePlus One. Hang on to your Nexus. It is da best.

          • MasterMuffin

            Nothing currently is worth the upgrade :highfive:

          • Corbin Crutch

            Yeah! Nexus 5 seems like a great piece of hardware.

          • Corbin Crutch

            Everything was fine and dandy until the invite system idea. Then I got worried, and then the smash the past really killed it

          • MasterMuffin

            Also the buying of invites was just plain stupid

          • Corbin Crutch


  • Johnny1995

    Declared as scam in the official Forum. So I wouldn’t trust it much.

  • AF1R .

    Chinese walware included?

    • RR

      why not?

  • Matevz

    Now, someone tell me Oppo isn’t the head of this company!
    Wiki: Oppo has decided to distance itself from OnePlus, stating “We understand the confusion as many people are just finding out about OnePlus. But as we’ve said from the beginning, OnePlus is a separately run company that does share investors with OPPO”.
    Separate my left-ass-chik from right, One+Oppo

    • Steven Pilipow

      Well you know one of the main creators worked for Oppo for 10 years or so. I’m thinking that Oppo has helped them, but they are different companies. I did think that was funny oppo mart is selling a non-oppo phone.

      • Matevz

        Of course it is funny. You know, if i worked in a firm and i quit my job to start a new firm i think a boss won’t be so happy about it to “land” my firm money to start a new project, UNLESS! it was initiated by the main firm itself. Which actually means it was a strategic move but the board, people who run it are the same.
        What i think…

        • Tommy Pearson

          They are the same Company no other legit Business in their right mind sells others competitions product

          People need to get real and stop speculating it’s a fact they’re just pulling the stupid acting move like they don’t know what people are talking about

          The Forum Bans people for even mentioning part of the truth that was their first mistake you start shutting people up via closing threads deleting them or just plain out Banning members is a sign they are shady as hell

  • deanerick

    What a deal! LTE band issues, no OS. $100 price increase! LOL!

    Was thinking of getting this, but just bought Hauwei Ascend Mate2. $299, bigger. 3rd largest cellphone company. Specs not as great, but battery IS great.


    • Shakeyoj

      I’ve been looking at the Hauwei Mate 2. Is it worth getting? It seems like a good device.

      • Matevz

        Depend on what you want. There are better choices within more or less same price range like ZTE Nubia x6 for example or smth like that..

        • Shakeyoj

          Ok thanks I will have to look into the others.

  • Jack Parker

    Can this be sent to the UK or not? I emailed them but no reply

    • Steven Pilipow

      yes they are worldwide. They suck at replying!

      • Tedd Hansen

        Did you get the phone? How is it?

    • Arturo Raygoza

      Aperently they can’t send it out no where

  • Adude

    They are selling a shanzhai identical copy (and I mean identical!) of it with an octocore processor 32gb /2gb which runs stock android for £130 I have one as a second phone and it rock’s I have a s4 and the only difference in performance between the two is the camera which is 8mp

  • Ανδρέας

    I don’t want to buy a OnePlus One anymore. I wanted it when it came out but going through a series of hoops to give a company my money doesn’t make sense to me. They failed miserably in their efforts to sell this, they created a whole lot of hype but failed to deliver every time and I don’t see how they expect to sell this thing in considerable quantities when they make it so hard to get.
    Slowly but surely we will all forget about this phone if they continue on this path, the hype is already dying. If you want my money make it easy for me to give it to you, when you make it hard I’ll just lose interest.

    • Josh


    • Matevz

      One+1 from me, i totally agree.
      If they were like super popular firm with long history and extremely good products they could afford (I mean could, not saying it would be good) to play “hard to get”. If you have a proven above average product, people would fight for it, but a new jumbo in town trying to prove himself, can’t take a business plan like that…

      • Ανδρέας

        That’s exactly right! Plus there is nothing revolutionary about it to make us run to the stores.

      • Jerry Li

        They lost me when they announced smash the past. Can not give money to a company that was openly convincing gullible consumers to create ewaste,

    • vegeta

      True bro.. they ve lost me n my colleagues as customers too

  • Alain Lafond

    There goes all the hype…

  • Josias Kiemtore

    Don’t make me laugh… Really… That’s what you doing… Now you just made me wanting to buy the Note 3 again. That is it. I’m done with you One+1

  • Roberto Virga

    At that price, and with those restrictions, I think I’ll “settle” for a Nexus 5 instead, thankyouverymuch.

  • Lee

    OnePlus One is a big failure, because too many misleading on the phone. Delivery date, stupid invite, jacking up the price and now they said didn’t have enough in inventory to sell, but Oppomart have it for $389 16gb there is another marketing practice again. OnePlus One is too much gimmick advertisement on their product, but to me is big joke phone. I’ll pass on this there are better phone coming out this month and next month.

  • renebi


  • Steven Pilipow

    So i bought one and i think it comes in today. If it does i will definitely do a video. I have high hopes.

    • Arjun Musham

      Did you get one plus one? hope you got it.

  • kjellX

    Heh, this stuff keeps getting worse by the minute. Monkey business, …do not give them your money.

  • USAsoccerSUCKS

    The more ridiculous thing is the auctions on ebay selling for 500+. I’d rather get a more reliable, premium phone. Flagship killer this isn’t. It just joins the ranks of flagships since you can’t buy one without paying as much as you would for an s5, htc one, etc. I would rather have one of those.

  • Billy Noyes
  • Former OP fan

    One+ made up a lot of hype at the international level, to push up sales at home. The whole idea was to do this, make massive sales in China, then make the international buyers wait months until the price of hardware drop to make some money to survive from international sales.

    Its a well know strategy in China, but very uncommon (and unwelcome!!!) in the developed world! I think they are misreading the international market in a BIG way.

  • Behold, the price would be $ 299. Who are ripping?

  • David Tang

    Still no band 20 support for LTE. I can’t say that makes it attractive considering it is meant to be a smartphone.

  • pitbullblackandwhite


  • Vinnie Vegas

    No thanks. The OnePlus One has lost me.

  • Pedro Miranda

    Just to let you guys know that the option with the Cyanogen mod version is available on the website for the same price 399 dollars. I have to say that I am quite tempted to get it because even though I am in an eligible country (Belgium) to get invites, they are still impossible to get for the time being, and with the exchange rate difference between US dollars and Euros I will get it for the same price (around 300 euros + shipping).

    I was and still am quite amazed with the LG G3 but at 600euros it goes quite a bit over my budget so I guess that If I can sell my Oppo find 5 for a good price I am getting the One+ One from this website.

  • Pedro Miranda

    Just to let you know that the Cyanogen Mod version is now available in their store for the same price – 399 dollars. Despite living in a country that is eligible to get invites, these are still impossible to find and with the exchange rate difference between the US dollar and the Euros, the price is the same (around 300€ + shipping). If I manage to sell my Oppo find 5 for a good price I might just get the One+ from this store because it is in my budget sweet spot. I would pretty much prefer the LG G3 but at 600Euros it’s double the price.

  • dex

    dont get it. colour os is trash.

  • Corey

    This company is just too messy for me. All of this hype, but you cant even buy it..I dont want an invite, i want to buy the phone.
    And even if you win the phone, there are shipping problems..i even wonder what would happen if i get the phone. There would
    probably be problems right out the gate. What a headache!! i think i’ll pass

  • Stephan Hall

    Happy with my Nexus 5, An invitation . . .yeah right ….. a scam!

  • Berend Werkman

    i rather buy from a reputable retailer . so the one plus is not for me

  • Carinne

    I still want mines. (= Great price to twerk with.

    • Carinne

      I meant the direct price w/invite.

  • MǾŝtăḟầ Ełñağăŗ

    does opo work in egypt ?

  • Eliocentrica Srl

    It is scam. They are cheater, they sent a false TNT tracking number but never shipped what I paid for. When I opened a dispute on PayPal they asked me to close it otherwise they would never ship my stuff and when I asked about the tracking number they stopped communication.
    If you want a proof of that I can post all email conversation.
    Maybe that was a matter of inexperience but their inexperience may cost you al lot of money!

  • Omid Hejazi

    NEVER BUY FROM OPPOMART… I ordered a phone case and screen protector and 2 months later still not arrived and they wont refund. First told 15 days, then 30 days, then “oh its 45 days” then 2 months!!!! this was only for $26, imagine if you bought a phone from them and it got lost, kiss goodbye to your money if you are buying something from Oppomart if it gets lost.

  • opposksazz

    Oppomart is not a reputable company. They are just as shady if not worse then those that sell via EBay and Craiglist, at least EBay can cover you if something goes wrong. The CS is awful, they take your money and do not ship or deliver in a timely fashion if they ship at all. They just try to keep you hanging with weak excuses as to why they can’t ship. It is not worth risking these few hundred dollars being given to China w/o the back up we can at least get here via a USA re-seller.

  • Oro Blu

    Do not trust Oppomart.

    I buy two time from oppomart first time they
    sent me a new phone, second time a used phone, I sent back and they stole me
    400 euro on refound.

    “I’m sorry the packet arrived empty are you sure
    you put the phone inside?”

    Come on!