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OnePlus One “Smash the Past” is a Pretty Bad Contest

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The contest called “Smash the Past” by OnePlus One that could land you one of their new flagship phones for $1 is now taking entries. The contest, for those not familiar, asks that you smash your phone on video to prove that you deserve a brand new OnePlus One, assuming you are one of the 100 chosen. Thing is, this isn’t exactly the greatest contest if you consider a number of factors. 

First, the list of phones on here is limited to mostly high-end phones that you could sell and actually make a buck or two from. For example, Verizon’s low-ball trade-in site will give you $300 for an iPhone 5c. Most of the Android phones are closing in on $150-$200, through there as well. If you sold it yourself on a site like Swappa, you could fetch anywhere from $250-$400 for a 2-year old Galaxy Note 2. Sell your phone, then just buy a OnePlus One whenever (if) it is ever available.

Second, wasn’t it just Earth Day on Tuesday? Not exactly the best timing here. And I know they are only asking 100 people to smash their phones, but those phones have chemicals galore in them, especially in the battery. Remember this video? Also, glass? Sharp objects? If you really don’t want your phone, donate it to a good cause.

Third, since you can only smash really good phones in order to receive your new OnePlus One, I’m wondering if it’s really worth it. You would be destroying a perfectly good phone from a manufacturer you trust, for a phone from a manufacturer you know nothing about. We don’t know when updates will ever rollout to the OnePlus One, if anything they have done with the phone is any good in real life use, or if this company will even be around in two years.

The whole thing just seems like a bad idea. But hey, people like to break things in flashy videos.

Here is the full list of phones they’ll accept:

iPhone 5, 5c, 5s
Blackberry Z10
HTC One Max
LG G Flex
LG Nexus 5
Motorola Moto X
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1520
Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 925
Samsung Note 2
Samsung Note 3
Samsung Galaxy S3
Samsung Galaxy S4
Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Sony Xperia Z1
Blackberry Z30
HTC One (M7)
HTC One (M8)
LG G2 Pro
Samsung Galaxy S5
Sony Xperia Z2

Full contest details here, in case you are interested.

  • Romdude

    Very good points all.

  • ki11ak3nn

    Here’s my case. I have the G2. I signed up to smash it for a OnePlus One. Probably won’t get picked, but anyways I still owe T-Mobile about $350 on the G2. So if I pay that off then sell it on Swappa for $350, I’ll break even. Then I’ll still have to come up with $299 for the OPO. If I smash my G2 I’ll still have to pay T-Mobile for the rest of my G2, but I’ll get the OPO for $1. I feel like in the end smashing the phone is the best option. For saving me money. I really wish I could get the 64 GB option for smashing the phone, but I’ll just have to make due with the 16 GB.

  • Simon Liu

    Galaxy s3 ain’t worth #$&@ I’d be glad to smash mine. They also tell you to recycle your phone in the FAQ but say nothing about the battery.

  • Wilmer F.

    whaaat….. no moto droid maxx???

  • Jibin

    Smash my phone? Haha…no!

  • Sean Bello

    So you smash your phone that is potentially worth as much as, more than, and possibly more than double what this phone is worth AND they’ll obviously use your video for promotion, so you get to be their marketing for free too. Yeah, that sounds worth it. How about you let me just buy your oversized device and be on my way? I’d like to be able to go back to my other device if your’s isn’t as good as the (dying down) hype made it out to be.

  • You’re crazy if you think I’ll ever smash my Moto X

    • Sean Bello

      I smashed mine… to get a free replacement from Moto Care to get different colors and new engraving 🙂

  • I was thinking the exact same thing and agree with you wholeheartedly. There’s a lot of value in an old phone that’s been taken care of. A friend could use your old phone if they want it. It could act as a media server or be used for a whole lot of other purposes:


  • Chris T

    What’s going to happen is the phones on the list are going to get stolen more now and that the phones that will get smashed.

  • Linx

    Yeah as much as I wanted to destroy my HTC Once X+ (see what I did right there) after I got my Samsung S5 (Removable Batteries 4 Life). This is very wasteful & I can think of someone less fortunate that could really benefit from what I consider trash.

  • Mojo

    They will probably choose those with the most social media influence. It doesn’t matter what press you get as long as you’re getting press am I right?

  • duke69111

    I had these same thoughts when I clicked on the link from their email this morning. I quickly decided not to sign up.

  • Aaron Sibold

    Damn…. I really wanted to smash my GNex.

  • Chris Wallace

    This a little too un-manufacturer for me.

  • gintoddic

    or you just film yourself smashing x phone, when it’s really not. Are they going to try to prove you wrong after smashing your phone?
    That would be bad marketing.

  • William_Morris

    Nah, I’ll keep my moto x.

  • BobButtons

    No Verizon? Fail.

  • jer85008

    I would smash one of my Lumia 521’s for this, but my Nexus 5? Not a chance. Anyone else see the glint of Steve Jobs in Pete Lau’s eyes? I think he’s a little off….

  • mizkitty

    News Flash…It was a marketing gimmick.

    For those who rushed outside to smash their phones…consider it the IQ test you should have taken years ago…

  • Alessandro Eppacher

    In terms of the support, I think your representation is a little off. If you are worried about updates, then don’t be. This thing ships cyanogen mod and those guys are known for keeping up support. In fact I can be certain this phone will get better updates than Samsung and HTC and LG (minus nexuses) because cyanogen mod is doing the software.

  • I’m just going to go ahead and say it. If you’re smashing your phone for just a chance to buy a phone you’re an idiot. Contest not worth it. Phone not worth it. I see this thing selling 2k units max..

  • edwoordd

    wow no htc thunderbolt or gnex?! I would’ve smashed them, I can’t let my rooted g2 die

  • Kurt Weber

    Lol, BlackBerry..

  • Ricky Ortiz

    1. Smash a Moto G and pass it off as a Moto X
    2. Get OnePlus One
    3. ????????
    4. Profit

    • Arthur Dent

      2. Get denied OnePlus One because its not the right phone
      3. ?????????
      4. Sadness ensues

  • LSH99

    Wow. Hope I don’t trip over all of the soapboxes here….

    • joseph barrientos

      hahaha 😀

    • Joe

      Including yours.

      • LSH99

        I like what you did there.

  • Well. this seems foolish. The OnePlusOne (or.. OPO) is not worth destroying most of those phones. Certainly not anything manufactured within the last 18 months in exchange for a “chance” at winning an unproven phone from an unproven manufacturer. Silly… just silly gimmicks trying to get some attention. I hope they fail, because in my eyes…they already have.

    • LionStone

      Yep, maybe do something like this later after its been out a while and proven its worth… even at $300. and limited connectivity.

  • Alan

    Wow, I want the phone even less. The company just puts me off. Only Apple had that effect on me before. Now there are 2 companies that create subjective feelings of disdain for them. I know I should judge devices by themselves but I guess I’m not big enough to do that.

  • Pootis Man

    I’m not smashing a perfectly good Nexus 5!

    • Ant


      • Pootis Man

        You know that if you smash your phone and don’t win then you just killed your phone for no reason.

        • Ant

          which is why the contest email they sent you says they will first select 100 winners, BEFORE you destroy your device. So if they dont send you your email to confirm you have won…you dont destroy anything lol. You just sell your phone via ebay to cover the cost of the OnePlus at full retail lol. Win Win either way.

          • Pootis Man

            Well that’s good to hear then. Still keeping my Nexus 5 though.

  • Harit Singh

    Fortunately for me I already have a half busted Galaxy s3 that I already tried to sell a couple months ago to no avail. Now I just need them to pick me….

  • yummy

    If you wanted to pull a slick move to plant the seed of a doubt in my mind that giving you money for your product is smart, because you are smart and making a smarter smartphone, good One One*One One people. Doesn’t One+One equal Two? Why wont anyone call their phone the Two? We got all kinds and sorts of Ones, we got 4s, we got 5s, nobody wants to name their phone the Two?

  • proparham

    sony xperia z2 ?? htc m8 ???? wow i really want to see someone who would smash these…dead.

  • AngryBadger

    What if the phone doesn’t smash? #Nokia

  • Travis Erickson

    I have a bricked Note 2, bring it on!

    • flosserelli

      That won’t qualify. The phone has to be working.

  • NorCalGuy

    I just want a link to the video of 100 people stupid enough to do this and smash their phones haha

  • Grayson

    If you’re going to do it, I suggest buying an old, beat up Galaxy S3 on Craigslist to do it. It’s probably worth less than anything else on that list. You can find those suckers for $100 at this point.

  • Ant

    Honestly Kellen…you sound a little bitter. Especially since of all the days you choose to post an article about phones getting bigger and bigger the same day as the OnePlus Launch. If Motorola was doing the same you’d be posting an article about “Why i would smash my Moto X for a Moto X2”. Knock it off son.