OnePlus 2 will permanently ditch invite system starting December 5th

by: Darcy LaCouveeDecember 3, 2015
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While the OnePlus 2 hasn’t been met with quite as much enthusiasm as its predecessor, it’s still a solidly spec’d device, especially considering pricing starts at just $329 for the base 16GB model and $389 for the 64GB version. The biggest downside however, is OnePlus’ invite system. Thankfully, this is a burden we won’t have to deal with much longer.

In a new official forum post, OnePlus has announced that it is ditching invites for the OnePlus 2, and not just for a short period of time: we’re talking permanently. The invite-free sales will begin at midnight on December 5th. In addition, OnePlus will also sell the OnePlus X invite free from the 5th to the 7th, though the mid-ranger will require invites again after that.

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This is certainly a big change in direction for OnePlus, and sees a much shorter turnaround from invite-to-invite-free than we saw with the OnePlus One. Of course, just because the phone won’t require an invite doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t suffer from stock shortages and other related issues that will slow down the time it takes to get the phone into your hands. For example, the 16GB model is currently out of stock, and it’s not 100% clear when it will return.

So, if you’ve been dreaming of getting your hands on the OnePlus 2 or the OnePlus X without invite, mark your calendars for December 5th. During the 5th through the 7th OnePlus will also be discounting down a number of its accessories just in time for the holidays.

Anyone planning on getting a OnePlus 2 once it goes invite free? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.

  • Aaqib Ismail

    Did they just find out how bad the invite system was?
    This still won’t convince me to buy another of their products. Maybe next year if they add some more hardware features instead of cutting corners.

    • Ryanzzzzz

      I have both the one plus one and two and I never waited longer than standard 3 day shipping. No money wasted on tax. I guess when you know how to work the system you can get whatever you want whenever you want. Nexus 6p is nice but not 200 plus dollars nicer.

      • cd1p

        I would agree, a lot of the people complaining about the invite system didn’t really try to get an invite. All you have to do is sign up with your email and they will send you a response when there is a phone for you. To me, it is marginally different than a pre-order. Better yet the company isn’t holding on to your money while you wait for the phone to be made and shipped.

        I had a lot of interest in the OPX (as I cannot stand how every performance phone cannot be used with one hand and is ludicrously expensive) and got on the waiting list as soon as I saw their Twitter post to sign up with your email. I got two invites that same day. Then once it came time to order the phone (Nov 19, if memory serves), I ordered it several hours after they allowed invite holders to place orders. I then had it in my hand no more than 4 business days later.

        Essentially, if you want the phone it is not hard to get. How many times did the original Nexus 4 and 5 sell out before you could order one? There is really not much of a difference. I thought it was actually worse as every day I had to check the Play Store hoping I could order one. With the invite, you just wait for an email notification.

        Additionally, there was the OPX software issue with moving Apps to Micro SD that they kicked out a patch for in about a week. I have been an Android enthusiast since I got the original Motorola Droid 1. Needless to say, I have been happily pleased with the service I have received thus far.

        I have heard a lot of horror stories regarding their customer service and I cannot comment on that. Hopefully I don’t have any hardware issues to find out. Also, I can see why some people would be mad about the missing NFC, to me it was not a deal breaker. However, I was aggravated about the missing Band 17 on the X, but since I use Cricket and not AT&T (although, Cricket uses AT&T towers) I am capped to 8Mbps anyways. With HSPA+ I get 4-5Mbps, so the difference of 3 Mbps is not terribly noticeable (also, I think the HSPA+ is better for battery savings). Regardless, I work in an office and am always connected to Wi-Fi.

        • Ryanzzzzz

          Why not try straight talk with att sim. I generally get 10 to 15 and i live in the western suburbs of palm beach. The lack of that band ruins the phone x. I can use my op1 and op2 one handed just fine.

          • cd1p

            With Cricket my phone bill is $20 a month using the 5-line family plan. How much is Straight Talk?

            Also, I have an Idol 3 5.5 and it is just too big to be comfortable. For me, the max would be 5.2 with small bezels. Besides, with capacitive keys, it feels like the screen is so much bigger than with the on-screen keys. So I really don’t value the extra half inch of screen size.

  • King_Android

    All it is, is they arent having much sales from the OP2 thus they are able keep up with the demand without the use of an invite system. Point being, nobody wanted the OP2, so opening it up will not have a logistical strain like the more popular OPX would, which is why they havent ditched the invite system for that model. Classic One Plus

    • Ryanzzzzz

      No one wants the opx. It’s got an atrocious display and camera. Plus anyone who has a one plus one has a better version of the one plus x.

      • cd1p

        The OPX display is great. But yes, the camera is marginal at best. I really wish it had OIS; I keep my hand as still as possible and it still shakes causing video blur.

  • Aaron Hawkins

    flagship snicker.

    started off w/invite right at about 20,000. got kicked back to well over 100,000. made choice to wait for the nexus 6p that much easier.

  • Roby

    Someone’s not selling enough phooooones…

    • Hotbod Handsomeface

      Lol.

    • Steve Brain

      Yeah you’ve got that right mate! The amount of people in the forums over there saying “So, I got my invite today and decided to buy a ___ instead” is huge :-)

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      • Seth Forbus

        YEEEEP. Changing from a 64GB Bamboo one+1 to an Asus Zenfone 2. The ghost touches issue and lack of cyanogenmod was enough to make me run for the hills.

  • paxmos

    I plead with them to keep the system as is, nothing annoys people so much as not receiving invitations :)

  • Adam

    Seriously, enough with the damn full screen xfinity ad!! Or make it possible to comment on the app

  • Lim Ming Quan

    No MicroSD card slot or NFC, no thanks.

  • Bak Choi Kim

    They finally realized there is no point in inviting people into a dump.

  • RG

    Lack of the tech for Android Pay made this an instant no.

  • Javid Nazim Mammadov

    No!

  • celze20

    Nobody wants this phone now. They screwed this launch up so bad, I will never buy a phone from them.

  • rykellim

    I have a OnePlus Two (Dual SIM). Despite seemingly better specs, the OPT is obviously a lesser device than the OPO, IMHO. For starters, it lags terribly. I believe that this has to do with the stock OxygenOS launcher. Two, it takes a longer time to charge the phone fully. Another area is the camera. Yet another item of concern is that battery life. I could go on… try it and you will know.

  • Infidel Gastro

    While that should make some people happy, they’re not devices I ever took much interest in.

  • fredphoesh

    They make nice phones… but what a pretentious bunch of rubbish in the PR dept… caused me to not suggest their phones as an option, to any friends and family who asked me for advice. – This is welcome news, I will probably change my attitude if they stop calling their lower-high end phone a “flagship killer” – what a crock.