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

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.

  • Walter Partlo

    I might just smash my G-Nex anyway. 🙂

    • KyleWay

      Was about to post this same thing haha

  • Joel Gautraud

    The contest makes it look like they are not very confident in their phone… “Smash your existing, working phone that you paid good money for… then, when you have no alternative, we’ll give you our phone.”

    A better contest (if they absolutely MUST smash something): We send you our phone – We’re so sure you’ll love it that at the end of 14 days, you either smash and send in your old phone, or you smash and send the OnePlus One back to us.

    A phone still gets smashed, but it instead exhibits they have some confidence in their product.

    Still, I think smashing any phone is dumb.

  • Tony Byatt

    I entered with a GS3 selected…

    If I happen to win I’ll get one on ebay with bad ESN, missing battery cover, etc for under $50 then have at it…

    All it has to do is power on…

    It’s really not that bad a contest…

  • antwonw

    Interesting what their FAQs say on the contest page:
    When should I smash my phone?

    Only after you receive an email informing you that you have been selected to smash your phone. Do not smash your phone before being selected, as you may not be one of the 100 chosen smashers.

    Which version will I get for smashing my current phone?

    As one of the first 100 in the world to own the OnePlus One, you will receive a 16GB unit.

    How long will I be without a phone if I’m selected to be one of the smashers?

    After your submission has been reviewed and accepted, you should have your new OnePlus One in approximately 48 hours.

    How do I recycle my old phone?

    Depending on your location, please follow the link below to learn how to properly recycle/dispose of your phone:

    US | EU | Hong Kong | Taiwan

  • Corey Foltman

    maybe they think less than 100 people will participate in something so stupid?

  • Blue Sun

    No HTC Thunderbolt on the list?

  • Chris King

    What if you smash your phone but don’t get picked

    • joseph barrientos

      they tell you “wait until you get an email saying you’ve won before smashing”

    • Chris King

      Nevermind reread it says
      If your chosen. Nah this phone hasn’t even proven itself yet. Bionic anyone

  • mizo
  • joseph barrientos

    my sprint htc one has ONE horizontal crack in it that stops people from buying it for a decent price, the rest is awesome quality. This is a much better option for me (now on at&t with my N5), so ya, i’ll smash it.

  • grayson360

    And Kellex, come on now. Of course it will get updates, its cyanogenmod 😀

  • Dave

    yeah, let me smash my Korean flagship phone that is worth $400. And then spend that on a hodgepodge of Chinese parts that make up a phone from a vendor with assuredly no quality assurance testing.

  • grayson360

    I mean I was gonna do it even though I’m on Verizon. Especially since I need a reason to smash my phone, then pay 99 at Verizon for total equipment coverage, get my brand new G2 and if I happen to get a OnePlus One as well, sweet.

  • TSK

    LG G2 Pro? never heard of this one, but i have heard of the LG G Pro 2…what a confusing naming system…

  • Feed Jake
    • ki11ak3nn

      I’M AN ADULT!!

  • normmcgarry

    A contest that leads to a battery exploding onto someone. That would be a case-closed massive lawsuit. Can’t wait to see that happen.

  • Maranello Santiago

    So I guess my Nexus 4 “isn’t good enough”. One Plus can keep their contest.

  • Steve Brandt

    Who wants the 16 gb version anyway.

  • Anyone who actually smashes their phone for this content is a phucking idiot.

  • Omar Amer

    I would gladly smash my GNex for a OP1. But sadly that phone is “older” than a note 2.

  • LMAO wow…i thought originally it was any phone but obviously that wouldnt make sense…OnePlus can smd id never smash a solid good device for one we know nothing about other then the specs…good article i never liked the idea either…id give my phone to my family member before destroying it to get a phone for a buck that i can buy for 250

  • Cael

    What’s the difference between the HTC One and the HTC One (M7)?

    • The Narrator

      Nothing/ s

      The M8/ M7 probably

      • Cael

        But the list has HTC One, HTC One (M7), and HTC One (M8).

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I have a working S3 that’s been in a drawer for a year…. Though I wouldn’t smash it…. because……i think the contest is dumb….really dumb

    • flosserelli

      You could still make some money on an S3 in good shape. Probably not enough for rent, but definitely enough for some beer and a tank of gas.

      • hkklife

        A working VZW GS3 16GB should easily fetch $150ish, or at least $130 or so. I sold my 32GB GS3 in great condition with a bunch of accessories for $200 a while back.

  • feedhead

    Interest level has dropped to ZeroPlus Zero

    • flosserelli

      Just don’t divide by zero.

    • i see what you did there

    • tom riddle

      you were saved by zero.

  • flosserelli

    Do the contest rules say the phone must be working? If not, then get a cheap nonworking phone from eBay or craigslist and smash that.

    • The Narrator

      Yes, I believe it has to turn on and work. Etc in the video.

  • Gustavo Ramirez

    Smashing my S4 #yolo

  • WCM3

    lol, I figured I would find a beat up Galaxy S3 or iPhone 5 on craigslist and just smash that.

  • joshua rodriguez

    Best part about buying the HTC One M8, I get a free replacement. So after I throw it out the window, get my OnePlus for $1, I send in my One for the free replacement, BOOM!

    • The Narrator

      But wait, the fraudpolice will get mad!

      • joshua rodriguez

        Not fraud, HTC Advantage! WOOOOOO haha

        • The Narrator

          But but but destroying on purpose is fraud they say!

          Good thing we have insurance and HTC Advantage!

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Legally, yes that is insurance fraud, if you break something with the specific intent of making an insurance claim. That is against the T&C of every insurance policy. The problem is attempting to prove it was intentional, which is why that isn’t enforced terribly often; it’s much cheaper just to replace the unit.

            That said, if you film yourself destroying the device, that’s a different issue entirely, at least if the video ends up containing traceable information like the IMEI. But, even still, I wouldn’t be surprised if several people in the US do that exact thing.

        • Arthur Dent

          Please do it!

    • Arthur Dent

      You go ahead and do that.

      “And it’s nearly accident proof too, because we will replace a broken screen for free once within the first 6 months you own it”


      I’m sure the body of the phone will still be in GREAT condition, right? LOL

      • mcdonsco

        That’s what I thought…seem to remember a free screen replacement from someone, but not an entire phone replacement.

        Should of let this nitwit do it…oh well.

        • Arthur Dent


    • mcdonsco

      Free replacement?

      • Arthur Dent


      • joshua rodriguez

        Yes, within the first 6 months. They will send you a new device overnight for $29 however, but the replacement will take 8 to 10 business days I believe.

        • Rob

          I thought it was the screen, not the entire phone?

  • mcdonsco

    Was already thinking the a same and was also pretty sure they wouldn’t accept a dinosaur being smashed.

    Oh well…they’ll get their 100 entries, just not from me.

    Really want this thing to go on sale though so I can buy it!

    • LionStone

      It’d be real funny if not even 100 people wanted to do the smash 🙂

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Judging by how rabid the fans in their forums are, they’ll get thousands of entries from around the world.

  • It it a really good idea to give people incentives to smash their phone after this happening. – http://youtu.be/fkP-b1ADvbk?t=3m38s

    Furthermore I thought the competition would be open to all phones, wishful thinking, they don’t even list the phone I currently have (Nexus 4). What the hell were these guys thinking, this is dangerous and wasteful…

    • Ryan B

      Take the battery out, then smash phone.

      • Cael

        LOL some of those phones don’t have removable batteries!

        • Ryan B

          Oh right, good point. I didn’t think about that and I have a nexus 5 lol.

    • bigachx

      Holy crap! I didn’t even know this could happen!!

    • Chris VanAnden

      Just get some febreeze. It makes it all better.

    • jlsushman

      Oppo should just ship them a phone on principle.

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      Emergency Rooms are filled with dumbasses like this.

    • MrCrusha

      I LOL everytime I see this!…. Febreeze it!

  • Mike_Cook7

    I am hoping I missed it but I don’t see anywhere that it would even be available on VZ’s network. Man that would suck if you found out after destroying your phone that you then have to pay an ETF as well.

    • This is also true. Basically only works on ATT here in the US.

      • The Narrator

        I wonder why their website says T Mobile too, unless something changed.

        • MichaelFranz

          Just a specific LTE band i think it works on. I wouldnt think it is fully supported, unless like you said something changed.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        If you look, it fully supports T-Mobile’s current networks. GSM 850/1900, UMTS/WCDMA Bands 2/4/5, and LTE Band 4. It is, however, missing their LTE expansion bands (2/12).

        For AT&T, it is missing LTE Band 5.

        I was confused too, so I had to do the research. I still don’t want the device (too big), but….actually, I guess nothing but morbid curiosity got me to look it up.



  • Kenny Woodard

    You would have to be a psycho to waste a perfectly good phone just to get their phone for 1$. Seriously.. Most of the phones on this list are worth equal, if not more, in resale value and there are plenty of people out there who would love to have the phones listed above.

    • The Narrator

      Considering I’m on Verizon, I can’t just sell and buy it.

  • BobbyG

    Smash phone, get OnePlus One for $1, file insurance claim on old smash phone for $100….2 phones for $101…profit?

    • The Narrator

      Shhhhh the ones without insurance will claim fraud!

    • Frisi

      I think you have to turn in the smashed phone to One+ #AlwaysACatch

      • The Narrator

        No problem, report it lost..just kidding. That is actually fraud, but not if you return the phone lol

  • Justin Tierney

    The whole article

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      I’ve seen that meme used somewhere… Oh yeah GLP haha

  • Orion

    So this is what they meant by flagship killer. smh

    • zurginator

      It’s actually quite clever – those who don’t win will probably buy a 1+1 as the replacement they need anyways.

  • Ray

    if i smashed my phone and didn’t get the $1 phone they would have a lawsuit on their hands for sure lol

    • The Narrator

      That’s why they pick you….then you smash it

      • Arthur Dent

        And then they can still deny your video for any reason if they want. They have covered all the angles here.

        “OnePlus reserves the right to disqualify any video submission for any reason, in its sole and absolute discretion. OnePlus is not liable for any damage done to phones that are damaged in disqualified videos.”

        • The Narrator

          Is there a stick up your ass today? I think there is.

          • Arthur Dent

            Nope. Just pointing out the completely retarded nature of this competition and that people can destroy their phones and end up getting screwed over.

          • The Narrator


          • Arthur Dent

            Ok, great point there.

  • The Narrator

    I’m glad everyone doesn’t like it. Makes me certain I’ll get it, haha

    • stupid idea for a stupid people to enjoy…makes sense you do it

  • JSo

    I agree, this is a dumb contest. But the sad thing is, people will probably do it.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    It’s a pretty dumb contest. Very dumb….

    • K

      Only thing dumber is the invite only system. I understand why they’re doing it but it’s still a lame thing to do.

  • Ryan N

    I was banking on the fact that I could smash my old Bionic and pick up a second phone for a $1. Wishful thinking. Haha. Not gonna even scratch my moto x for that phone.

    Putting 2 and 2 together tells me to pass on the 1 plus 1.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Considering I can sell a phone on that list and easily make enough money to purchase this phone and have some left over means no thanks.

      • JoshGroff

        Moto X sells for ~250 for 16GB model, after shipping and sales fees it’s only like 220, so assuming you were buying the OnePlus One, it’d still cost another $150. At which point, smashing it for a free one doesn’t seem like that bad a deal. Hell, anything not top tier would be profitable to break.

        • neo1738

          The full retail price of a Moto X is closer to $600, if you sell that to someone who doesn’t want a contract it’s enough.

          • Jordan Epps

            Full retail on the moto x is $400

          • neo1738

            Ok, still close enough.

          • michael arazan

            But used they are going for $250-300

          • fodawim

            Not any more… Moto X off contract pricing is $349.99 from Moto.

          • JoshGroff

            I tend to valuate based on what phones are worth on the second hand market, which is what matters when selling an old device to cover a new one. It may be worth 350 new for a 16gb, but you won’t get near that used.

        • dtam

          But you get two perfectly good phones vs one plus one paperweight

          • JoshGroff

            If you sell the other phone to cover part of the cost of the new one, you’re still out the old phone. That’s the point I’m trying to make.

    • Heck I thought I could get One as my Nokia 6030 has been lying around for quite some time now.

    • MH

      Buy an S3 on CL for cheap, then smash that. Even if you spend $100, you’ll save $200 on the One Plus

      • Friend of a friend

        I have a cracked s3 that I’ve been trying to sell but since no one is biting I plan to have batting practice with it should I win.

        • MH

          Hopefully you and I win.

        • Richard Gao

          it has to be uncracked before you smash it for the contest though

          • Daniel Benfield

            We’re does it say it can’t have a cracked screen all i see is it says it must be able to turn on. I’m going to use my cracked s3

      • michael arazan

        I’d do it for my GS3 if it was on Verizon

    • JW

      I bet you have been DYING to use that last sentence, haven’t you?

      • Ryan N

        Thought of it just as I finished the post and didn’t know better to practice self restraint. Ha

    • Justin W

      I was almost willing to do my Nexus 4 for it, but seeing as my only option would have been my Moto X, I think not!

  • bacramer9

    Aside from the chemicals in your phone… The elements needed for you phone to work are rooted in awful practices, from killing gorillas to kid labor and war.

    • circuspeanut

      I’m not 100% certain, but I don’t think Gorilla Glass is made from actual gorillas.

    • Jeff Badger

      The Droid Maxx was ignored because it is a Verizon exclusive and your new phone will not work on Verizon. It doesn’t make sense unless you plan on switching phone operators too.

      • bacramer9

        I keep forgetting its an exclusive.

  • Bionicman

    lol if i got picked i was going to destroy my old droid incredible. oh well

  • Adrian

    I can’t say it’s smart. Unless you just have Diddy piles of money laying around and can afford to trash a perfectly good phone, it seems kinda brain dead to kill a working phone for the CHANCE to get one.

    That said, common sense isn’t all that common so bring on the videos!

    • Monkey

      There’s no chance. You get picked THEN smash the phone. It’s stated in plain english on their website.

      • JonathonFlores

        Actually your wrong. They pick you, you smash the phone and then submit it. If they like it, they’ll send you a code. #nothanks

        • ShahrukhRaza

          yeah.. No.

          you’re wrong. check the pic out, straight from their website.

          • ki11ak3nn

            I know how to read. I applied but we’ll see if I get picked.

  • Arthur Dent

    This is one of the single most retarded marketing ideas I have ever seen. When someone is killed or injured, I hope 1+ gets a crap load of bad press for this.

    • The Narrator

      Yeah, cause smashing a phone is so dangerous

      • Arthur Dent
        • The Narrator

          Ohhh one time it happens.

          I’ll make sure I have febreeze

          • Arthur Dent

            Yeah, go ahead and breathe the chemicals. They’ve got wonderful health benefits. And not explosive at all!

          • mcdonsco

            Jesus you’re dumb!

          • The Narrator

            Sarcasm gets by you easily

        • Dave

          Not necessarily, cancer cells often take many months to reproduce and infect all of your internal organs.

  • snobrdr2324

    This is the worst contest idea ever, I always cringe watching nice phones like these do drop tests and encouraging people to hurt nice phones does not entice me.

  • Mike Menard

    What about buying a dummy phone and smashing it?

    • Ian

      Try it!

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      It must be shown working in the video prior to being smashed. They can also deny your entry if you are seen doing something dishonest, like swapping the device you smash, editing the video, or because they don’t like the sound of your voice.

  • WitnessG

    Anyone know how much a rooted S3 would sell for? I think it would only get like 100 bucks.

    • Sean Walton

      Way more than that on eBay. Go look for yourself.

    • The world is at your fingertip

      That’s with the Internet and craigslist is for

    • mcdonsco

      Always look on eBay at “sold listings” not what peeps are asking…sold listing show how much they really are selling for.

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  • bobbyp

    Or if you are one of those people that already made a video of you smashing a new phone just submit that I guess.

    • The Narrator

      People don’t know how to read lol

  • Francisco Rodriguez

    They probably did that because people had an idea like me to smash their old beat up Galaxy Nexus that they don’t use anymore while keeping their current phone intact.

    • The Narrator

      Yeah, had one sitting around after I formatted it and effed it up and didn’t bother to fix it. Guess it’s not a flagship hahaha

  • Tony Byatt

    Not really…

    If you’re chosen just buy a “Not-Working” GS3 on ebay for $50-$75 and have at it…

    • Arthur Dent

      Yeah, not so much:

      “All submitted videos must be shot in one frame with no cutting or editing. The applicant must show that their phone does turn on and use the phone that was chosen by the applicant in their initial application. The phone must suffer significant and visible damage to qualify for the OnePlus One purchase code. The applicant must show evidence of the damage in the video following the smash.”

      • Tony Byatt

        Actually, yes…

        It depends on the condition of the “Not Working” phone…

        Some listed with that label do turn on but have cosmetic damage, like missing a battery cover or dented on the sides…

        Check’em out…

    • The Narrator

      Nope, smashing my G2 if I win. Then $100 for Insurance 😉

      • Arthur Dent

        YAY for fraud!

        • The Narrator

          Not fraud at all, fool.

          I’ve spent my fair share over years $10/month x 48+ months.

          • Arthur Dent

            Except that it is.

          • The Narrator

            lol, you’re just mad you don’t have insurance probably

          • Arthur Dent

            Not at all, because I’m not worried about destroying my phone and then defrauding the insurance company.

          • The Narrator

            Asurion is the biggest scam out there. I’m paying them money anyways. Not defrauding anybody.

          • Arthur Dent

            Right, and I’m sure you’ll tell them exactly what you did. Because it’s not fraud.

          • The Narrator

            Yeah, I’ll tell them I smashed it and they are still obligated to fulfill my insurance. = not fraud

          • Arthur Dent

            Because intentional destruction is covered? That’s some amazing insurance.

          • The Narrator

            Yep, look it up.

          • Arthur Dent

            LOL. Not gonna bother. You do whatever makes you feel good. If that includes fraud, then go for it.

          • The Narrator
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          • The Narrator

            Yeah, u mad

          • Arthur Dent

            Yeah, idiocy makes me mad. Cool. Is that your only point?

            It’s still fraud, bro.

          • The Narrator

            Grab that stick out of your ass, and come back later.

          • Arthur Dent

            Don’t project your fetishes on to others.

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          • Ian

            I should totally crash my car and get one a model year newer! I’ve been paying hundreds of dollars each year for many years so I’ve earned it. That’s what it’s for anyways, not things like …I don’t know… legitimate accidents!

            The toolishness knows no bounds.

          • The Narrator

            Cars aren’t the same. Don’t even try and make that argument.

          • Ian

            Insurance applies the same way, I shall try and succeed 😉

          • The Narrator

            $300 phone to $10,000+ car. Hmm

          • Ian

            How does the value of the insured item factor? Guess its just a little bit of fraud as opposed to a lot.

          • The Narrator

            Guess so. I’m not worried. Cry about it to somebody else, though

          • mcdonsco

            I’m always amazed by how much of a complete idiot you are.

          • The Narrator

            Cool, tell me more

          • mcdonsco

            I must admit, I do find your attempt at witty responses to people calling you an idiot entertaining…apparently it happens so often this has become your go to defense mechanism.

          • The Narrator

            I just find it funny that they try and be moral police on the internet. Just give it up.

          • Arthur Dent

            I find it funny that you wouldn’t just admit that it was fraud. You know it is, you just won’t admit it.

          • mcdonsco

            Or it could just be that you have a complete lack of understanding between the differences of what’s right and what’s wrong?

          • bobbyp

            Really? It quit being amazing a long time ago.

          • Ian

            You have good points, but next time insurance is going to go up to $12 or more a month because of more people smashing their phones for new ones.

          • d-rock

            I think I’m a pretty moral person overall, but when it comes to insurance companies, I put them in the same field as Verizon, aT&T, drug companies, etc. Overall, our world would probably be better off without them, so putting some hurt on them, won’t lose me any sleep at night over my moral code. Defraud any of the aforementioned companies and you’re just taking one back that they took from another little guy.

            If your moral code is so high that you think one should lose sleep over defrauding one of these companies, you should probably be studying to become a reverend at Oral Roberts University or be in the peace corp handing out mosquito nets in south america.

          • The Narrator

            Yeah, it’s funny how they act all high and mighty on the internet. Yet outside of it. They probably don’t give a sh!t.

          • Arthur Dent

            At least you know it’s fraud and are straight up about it, unlike the other guy. I have no love for these companies either, but I just won’t give them my money in the first place.

          • Jkdem85

            What’s the problem with insurance companies? They serve a purpose and like any company they need to to make a profit . A world without insurance would be a nightmare . Not every company is evil

          • The Narrator

            Tell that to all of the insurance companies dropping people then blaming ACA because they’re greedy cowards.

          • Arthur Dent

            Has nothing to do with cell phone insurance fraud.

          • Jkdem85

            The aca is beyond a disaster but was not predicated by the insurance company . I’m also talking about phone insurance . . Your saying it’s ok to commit fraud because the company is evil. I’m not even going to debate the logic of that .

          • BillySuede

            the problem with that logic is the company doesn’t get screwed. you do and your fellow insureds do. premiums increase across the board and in specific cases, the insurer can simply decide to deny your claim.

            fraud is fraud and while you think you’re screwing ‘the man’, you’re only hurting yourself in the end.

          • Arthur Dent

            Good point. The insurance company isn’t going to take the hit. They’ll just spread the cost out to everyone to keep up their bottom line.

          • BillySuede

            yeah. i work in insurance myself and while i understand why people hate insurance, you’d be surprised how fraudulent people try to be and how bloody easy it to nail them. that’s why insurance always costs so much. the money will always be made up in some way, shape or form.

          • Ian

            You’re just mad because you’ve essentially paid for another phone and yet do not have another phone.

          • d-rock

            Ian has a good point LOL. I refuse to pay for insurance. If I break my phone then I suffer the consequences, but the cost of insurance+deductible isn’t worth it. I’ll pay for my irresponsibility if I break it.

          • The Narrator

            2 phones for $100? I’m in.