So you want to buy a OnePlus One – 5 quick things to know

by: Bogdan PetrovanApril 23, 2014
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The brand new OnePlus One is impressive. An excellent smartphone starting at $299, less than half of the price that other phone makers demand for their top of the line devices. The Nexus line is the most competitive in this regard, but, in many ways, the OnePlus One is above it.

So, you checked out our OnePlus One hands-on and comparisons (with Galaxy S5, Note 3, and Find 7a) and you made up your mind. If you want the device, here’s what you’ll need to know about the OnePlus One’s availability.

1. Versions and pricing 

The OnePlus One will be offered at launch in two versions:

  • 16GB Silk White – $299/€269/£229
  • 64GB Silkstone Black – $349/€299/£269

There is no microSD expansion slot, so investing an extra $50 in the 64GB version is recommended.

2. Invite system

The OnePlus One will be available through an invite system. This means that only people who received an invitation from one of their friends or from OnePlus will be able to buy the device. After buying the device, you will receive a number of invitations that you can send to friends interested in the OnePlus One.

For now, the only way to secure an early invitation seems to be OnePlus’ Smash The Past contest. In exchange of sacrificing – literally smashing – your old phone, you will get to “buy” a OnePlus One for $1. There are 100 devices at stake, and each winner will be able to invite some friends to buy the phone. You only need to submit your email address to enter the contest.

We will update this post as more information on the invite system surfaces.

3. Release date

The device will begin shipping in “late May”.

4. Initial release markets

At launch, the OnePlus One will be available in the following countries:

  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Hong Kong
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Portugal
  • Taiwan
  • UK
  • United States
  • Canada

OnePlus will be offering localized versions of its website for these markets, but the localized sites aren’t live yet.  More markets will probably follow in the future, but, for now, OnePlus has not offered any details on the matter.

5. Unlocked or on contract?

The OnePlus One will only be available unlocked at launch.

For more details on the OnePlus’ specs, features, and software, check out our roundup.

  • Aniruddh

    Invite system sucks. Intentionally bottle-necking their sales, unless I misunderstood it.

    • nguser

      It’s just for starters. They are already looking forward to open sales to everybody. Keep in mind that this is a 4 months start-up ;)

    • MasterMuffin

      They don’t have anything to sell, so they have to make sure that there suddenly isn’t 10 million people asking for one :)

    • Manda_Panda_III

      They do not have a wide user base, so they cannot exactly build 10 million units at launch. They use the invite system to gauge how much to make. As the price is low, I don’t expect them to be making a ton of profit, so they cannot waste units that will not be bought.

      • sanket

        pre order systemwould be muchbetter to avoid extra production.

  • Josh Flowers

    I really want this phone. Been considering dropping my Note 3 (VZW) and now it looks like, if chosen, I might have to literally do just that.
    Invites? Anyone? Bueler?

    • MasterMuffin

      Dat pun :D


      It wont work on Verizon.

      • Josh Flowers

        Well aware, switching to Aio wireless as T-MO coverage in my area is horrible. (edited OP to reflect)

  • Fauzan Adhi Rachman

    one thing you shoud do change the ROM when the XDA Forum for its ROM is available, get the device change the ROM YEAH

    • Not so sure about that, maybe if it gets official support from AOSPA but for now CyanogenMod 11S (that’s the official firmware) sounds pretty good to me. It’s the ROM that 70% would switch too if they didn’t have it anyways.

      • Fauzan Adhi Rachman

        and 30% off is another reason

  • Dan

    How many gb free for user in the 16gb version??

    • Silas Arentsen

      12 GB

      • Dan

        Enough for me, like in moto g, thats nice, 100% secure one plus one will be my next phone

  • Mayoo

    Again …

    • Fauzan Adhi Rachman

      You can easily walk to your neightboor country it’s not so far is it?

      • Mayoo

        This works the other way around too you know.

        • Rob F

          Alright give me $600 and an invite and I’ll send you a 1+1

          • Astro Boy

            Come in my dreams..

    • jclgan

      Actually Canada was included in their list of 16 countries at launch. AA seems to have forgotten about us :p

      • I am so sorry for that, don’t know how it happened.

      • It’s going to be $399US so ~$450 in Canada. We’ll basically have to buy it through USA.

        • tonylee

          Maybe.. Oneplus one is available on nextbuying $389.99, needn’t invitation code !!!

    • Astridax

      Where? :P

  • Anthony Evans

    What about information on LTE bands and such to?

    • The OnePlus One supports nine bands of LTE for support in many countries around the world. (Reference: LTE bands 1/3/4/7/17/38/39/40/41)

  • Harvie Galenzoga Boles

    Wow I’ll smash my Nexus 5 haha clever lol

    • Arturo Raygoza

      I oughtta slap you

    • MadCowOnAStick

      Exactly what I was thinking.

  • Pawv

    I don’t see in the specs that it will work on wind??

    • Windup

      Don’t think so. Wind uses 1700MHz, which is not listed

  • Aeron

    Please release in the Philippines !!! :D

  • Rick jaan

    why the hell price high in UK …. $299 = 178 GBP

    • Frankfan2112

      Add 20% VAT and you get…214 GBP. 15 Pound difference.

  • Elclinico

    Galaxy Note 3 The king of kings!!!

  • Brendon Brown

    This phone is perfect for markets like India and China with its price, they should definitely consider India.

  • Thanhxvo

    dumb question but…if i smashed an old flip phone can i buy the one+ for $1?

    • No, there is a list of approved phones that are allowed. All of them are premium phones like the iPhone 6, Galaxy Note 2/3…etc. You have to show that the phone is working as well. I personally wouldn’t recommend it.

  • Dt Bell

    Looks just like every other phone from the picture.

  • sexon

    i want one :)

  • Rauel Crespo

    Was gonna get an HTC One (m8), but considering that the SD-Card is useless for Apps, the OnePlus One 64GB is a more logical choice. Either One is better than the 16GB(5GB) Galaxy S5.

    • Herp Derp

      Not useless if you root ur phone and add in the ext sd card permission. Simple.

  • Macalee Harlis Jr.

    Is there anyway to find out if this thing is IP67 certified? Their video shows it in water, but theres no confirmation. Also no confirmation about wireless charging. And how in depth is their “Voice wake” feature? Similiar to moto x, or is it just meh? I watched the entire conference this morning, and it was all aout hardware, barely mention of any software, which is kind of pretty important

  • Manda_Panda_III

    Hey Petrovan how about sending me one of those invites, hm?

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  • Fievel

    Sooooo…..OnePlus is a law firm?

  • Mark Washington

    Come on Sprint!!!!!

  • Jesus

    I have a question…
    WTF, IS One Plus????

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  • Matt

    So what about Australia…?

  • waskeer

    Canada is not on the drop down list of eligible countries… Smash the past not available to us then…?

  • Gzoref

    will this be on Verizon?

  • Vamshi Krishna

    why it is not releasing in india

  • omprakash

    eagerly waiting in delhi india..

    • Krunal Rindani

      It isn’t coming to India as of now. However, I feel that Indians could import it. At least I plan on doing that if I chose to have one…

  • Oppomart listed Oneplus one with $399 price tag, but needn’t invitation.

  • Johnathan Dsouza

    What about India i wanna buy a new phone planning for this one any idea when will it reach India……..

  • zorro

    i’m eager to get my hands on this phone. once i bought it i’ll smash it into timy bits and send the video and the smashed unit to oneplus. sh**ty phone maker.

  • Podozdy Podozdy
  • Oneplus one is available on oppomart, needn’t invitation code

  • Julien B

    What about Australia!?!?

  • Roni

    You don’t need invites on tuesdays