For a handset that has barely made its way into the hands of consumers, the OnePlus One has managed to create a massive level of public awareness, particularly among the techie-types out there. The company has also managed to create a fairly mixed reputation for itself.
A number of folks sing the companies praises for creating a solid device with an absolute killer price tag, while others point to the mild controversies that have surrounded the Smash the Past campaign and the fact that the phone has yet to actually ship to anyone except a select lucky few.
Still, there’s no denying that the OnePlus One is an interesting looking handset and a potential game-changer for the market. If you’re looking for a way to get a hold of the device now that the Smash the Past contest is over, OnePlus is now giving you another way: buying an invite through an Ebay auction.
If you’re looking for a way to get ahold of the device now that the Smash the Past contest is over, OnePlus is now giving you another way: buying an invite through an Ebay auction.
I know, the idea of selling the right to buy a handset might sound a little strange, but before you get up in arms, it’s important to note that OnePlus will not make a cent from the auction and instead will donate the proceeds to a charity. Right now the OnePlus community is voting for which charity will receive the donation: Water.org, Unicef, World Wildlife Fund or 1% for the Planet.
OnePlus has yet to actually list the auction, but when it does it will be for one pack of 15 invites. Whoever wins the invites can use them to buy a phone for themselves and give the rest of the invites away to friends and family members. Overall this is an intriguing idea, though we can’t help but think several “2 invite” pack auctions would have made a bit more sense. I mean, 15 invites is a lot — though it just depends on how much the auction goes for.
We’ll be sure to update this post with a link to the auction once it’s actively up and running. What do you think of the idea, a clever way to give out invites while also helping charities or a bad idea in the long run?