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OnePlus Smash the Past Winner Receives Empty Box, Uploads Unboxing to YouTube

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Whether you agree or not with the Smash the Past contest from OnePlus, in which 100 people were chosen to smash (or donate) their current flagship devices in exchange for a $1 One smartphone, we can’t help but giggle while feeling bad over one poor winner’s prize – an empty box. 

The winner, based in Italy, recorded a video of him opening the package, since after receiving his prize in the mail, he thought the package felt a little light. Upon opening, his fears are confirmed, as there is nothing in the box except for a card stating, “This is only the beginning.”

Whether this is a slip up by OnePlus, or something criminal happened while the package was enroute to the winner, no one exactly knows yet. OnePlus is reportedly investigating the situation, and will more than likely replace the winner’s empty box with a brand new phone if they feel it is the right thing to do.

This video is hitting the web alongside other reports that winners of the contest are receiving their phones without chargers or SIM removal tools; two things which are quite important for owning a smartphone. Fingers crossed that OnePlus can work these issues out before general availability begins. If the company can’t, then they might vanish as quickly as they appeared.

Watch the full unboxing below.

  • jvader2012

    yeah forget aPPLLE

  • jvader2012

    its the latest why do people hate. ONE PLUS nothing. It s like its never their

  • Douglas Teles

    Video Is Private

  • robossa

    Video doesnt work

  • Don

    Now there is no video…..

  • Brian

    Too bad….They were nice enough to send me two.

  • Kayonesoft

    The NSA forgot to put the phone back in the box after ‘upgrading’ it.

  • 4g63mark

    I really hope people let this phone fade into obscurity. There’s nothing really special about it anyways. The Oppo is a better phone and actually have a proven track record.

  • jeff manning

    Well there’s the problem, the tag said delivered by DHL

  • jer85008

    More reasons to worry about this company. I expected some technical issues, but missing hardware such as the chargers/SIM tools is inexcusable – and I don’t care how cheap the phone is, or how new they are. We already know they are a “subsidiary” of Oppo, which makes this even worse to me.

  • Darth Wolfy

    Did no one read the time print? The winners will receive a code to purchase the One plus for $1 if the company felt like the video was worthy enough. They never said they would send them the phone right away.

  • James_C_L

    They weren’t kidding about “this is only the beginning”

  • mcdonsco

    Anyone else think its quite possible the guy opened it, took the phone out, resealed it (its just packing tape after all) and then did this video?

    I couldn’t be the only one?

    • Brandon Miller

      His reaction, or lack thereof, makes me think this may be BS. No way I’m that calm if this happened to me.

      • zurginator

        I’d probably react quite similarly myself – after feeling a light box I’d just be like “as expected”.

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  • Mark Mann

    He seems surprisingly calm…

    • flosserelli

      The more I watch it, the more I think it is staged.

  • BillySuede

    ‘an open box is an empty box’

  • Kelly OBrien

    I call BS on this

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  • M3D1T8R

    Looks like someone else already did the unboxing before he got it.

  • XvierX

    Zero bezel!

  • 6stringslinger

    Funniest unboxing EVER.

  • Mike Dye

    Anyone stop to think maybe this guy is trying to piss on OnePlus my making stuff up??? This video looks fake to me. Hes just trying to get a free phone so he can sell it on ebay for cash. not to mention getting suckers to view his video.

    • patt

      You look fake.

  • Matt L

    Or this dude already removed it and knew he’d get a second one for doing this…That’s my guess.

  • M3D1T8R

    I sold a phone to a guy in Russia last year, he allegedly received an empty box. Probably stolen en route by Russian mafia. Really lame thing is Paypal seller protection should have had me covered but no, after a months long excruciatingly frustrating battle with their non existent “customer service”, they decided in favor of the 0 feedback, just joined Ebay buyer, instead of me, perfect feedback Ebay seller of well over a decade. This is the only time something like this happened to me. I usually don’t sell outside the US to avoid these problems.. So Paypal stole over $800 from my account (it was a brand new Iphone right after release). Moral: Boycott Paypal/Ebay, as they encourage fraud, at the seller’s expense.

    • flosserelli

      You have the right to refuse bids, ya know.

      • M3D1T8R

        Yeah but it was Buy It Now. And before I mailed it I was extra careful to read Paypal’s Seller Protection rules to be sure I did it right and qualified. Nope, Paypal robbed me of $800, and so I can’t use my account any more. I’m sure I’m just one of hundreds of sellers they’ve ripped off in this way through encouraging fraudulent buyers while misleading sellers into thinking they’re covered. A lot of sellers are starting to boycott Ebay/Paypal for this reason.

        • Jason Kahn

          I kept having my Paypal and Ebay account hacked into by someone outside the US, they continuously held me liable, I will not delve into it deeper here, I finally deleted the accounts. I refuse to use EBAY, or PAYPAL

        • They’re thieves, they have mafia-like fee on what you sell and for what?
          In my case I sold something and the “client” said it was not what he expected even though it was the same as in the pictures. In that case I just lost the shipping costs but still, mine is not even a shop!

          If you think about it, they have to be on client side because they take the fees only when you sell, if you get your money back then there is no fee.

        • rawr

          Then sue.

    • DoctorJB

      It doesn’t always help if you restrict to US only. My friend had a PayPal charge back from a US buyer a month after he sold him an iPod touch and received positive feedback. The device broke and he decided to screw my friend to get his money back.

  • enigmaco

    Hope they get their kinks worked out between the elusive phone and the random received phone issues it’s not looking good for them.

  • Mark Aaron Collado

    Maybe that is the phone. lol

  • Ryan N


    They defied conventional math

    One plus one equals zero!

    • Ryan N

      Step 1. Tease a new phone and hold a smash your phone contest

      Step 2. Send out empty boxes to the “winners” for a $1

      Step 3. Profit!

      • DanielMena9

        Shipping definitely costs more than $1!

  • He was a idiot for smashing his phone in the first place. I’d never do that. Thanks like crashing my car in hopes to win a Ferrari. Idiot move and stupid contest

    • Ian

      There were no hopes, at the point of smashing your phone you already knew you were going to get the phone.

  • TooPlusToo_OppoA9maxx

    Oppo Electronics has not made enough chargers and SIM removal tools yet.

    • flosserelli

      They obviously haven’t made enough phones, either.

  • BiggiePhat
  • Lol priceless

  • shooter50

    Empty like most promises from One +

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    • Finire

      Ahh… the time before stunt doubles..

  • Byron Galvez

    they should have called this the OneMinus One unboxing.

    • jwildman16

      Nailed it.

      • michael arazan

        Can You Pleas Fix Video, If Possible, “Video Is Private”

  • gintoddic

    They actually abducted him and gave him an implant. His head will start ringing next time someone calls.

  • Toan Ngo

    Seriously? You couldn’t tell there was nothing in it based on it’s weight?

    • needa

      ermm. that is why he did the video in the first place. its why he showed that it had not been opened yet.

      • Aooga

        I would have done that too. He still could have faked it, but time will tell.

        • ToddAwesome

          you can’t fake tape! oh wait…..

          • Aooga

            One + has the IMEI of the phone they sent him. If he faked it, they can either track it or disable it.

          • M3D1T8R

            Not likely possible outside the US.

          • Aooga

            I think they can still disable it from being activated, right? Or is that a US only thing as well?

          • Yash Garg

            Carrier thing.

    • Ian

      Yea, and he said that. What’s next, it’s light so I shouldn’t open it at all?

  • Nathan Bryant

    They’re terrible. Some people aren’t getting chargers and everything else. Just the phone. And invites to get a phone? What the hell were they thinking? It was a flop before it began.

    • michael arazan

      A Lottery system, to buy a Device?

      What’s Next, you have to beat a rigged carnival game to buy their device?

      How about a penny auction, they too are all rigged, to buy the device.

  • SION1771

    Like a couple decades ago when people were putting syringes in Pepsi cans and opening them and, unnecessarily, immediately emptying the contents into a sink and… WHOA – A NEEDLE DROPS OUT OF THE CAN!!! da-doy

  • Aooga

    This company has to go. Marketing was good though…maybe send some of those people to HTC.

    • The Narrator

      over a box? let’s hope you never join the business world.

      • Aooga

        No. not over a box. Over that fact that they told people to smash their phones. Other people are saying that the phone came without a charger and sim tool as well, so it’s not just one guy.

        • The Narrator

          show me

          • MikeSaver

            he said other people said though. isn’t that enough?

          • The Narrator

            I said I won the lottery…but did I really?

          • MikeSaver

            congrats man. no need to brag.

          • The Narrator

            much appreciated

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I won the lottery, sadly it was only $2 after buying a 5 dollar ticket.

          • DickyDarko

            I won the jackpot but for some reason all that’s sitting in my bank account is a little paper insert assuring me “anything can happen”

          • Aooga

            I’m quoting the DL article itself.

        • nate

          They have to go because they TOLD people to smash their phones? Wat?

          • Aooga

            Well people were dumb to do it before they announced anything, but whatever. Just my opinion. This company was all about hype generation.

          • The Narrator

            That’s their fault, not OPO. They clearly stated the rules.

          • nate

            They had already revealed their phone when they announced that promo. And you had to be selected to smash your device, which ensured that no one would smash their phone but not receive a the One.

          • Aooga

            Well that sure didn’t happen with this guy if he’s telling the truth.

          • nate

            Whether he’s lying or not, he’s going to get a One. Just maybe not as soon as he’d hoped lol

        • Mike H.

          Sure it is he needed a charger and sim tool! Haha.

      • nate

        Exactly. They’re a new company. Let’s actually let their product get out correctly before we banish them. Microsoft released the Xbox 360 even though it melted, yet they’re a huge company. This isn’t OnePlus’s fault some low-level packager stole a phone lol. I’m not saying this should be forgiven by any means, but its not worthy of saying they’re gone already.

    • Kevin

      And what do you think they have been doing lately? They did this on purpose to get publicity. They’ll correct their mistakes and people will forget about all this.

  • ki11ak3nn

    Oneplus is slipping man. This is supposed to be the flagship killer!! You can’t kill flagships without a phone. That is all.

  • MikeSaver

    At least they put that piece of paper in there though. Give them some credit.

  • AndrewScottRox

    It’s the new OnePlus Air.

    • Phil

      i dont know if you can use air without apple suing

      • AndrewScottRox

        That would explain why the phone isn’t there.

        • Phil

          awesome! just awesome!

  • Maxim∑

    Oneplus, a great company. That knows how to market and release a product.

    Done waiting on this phone, G2 it is

    • Aooga

      “release”. You forgot the quotes.

  • It’s one thing after another with these people,

  • ToddAwesome

    Well, that’s one way to hold a knife….

    • BillySuede

      that’s not a knife…

  • The Narrator

    I’m calling shenanigans. Dude with no subscribers happens to just decide to unbox his phone on camera and everything. Righhhtttttt

    Edit: on further inspection, the box is clearly tampered with. But i’m sure people will still blame OPO.

    • Yolo

      If I was 1 in 100 I would

    • Cory S

      Being the box felt obviously empty I’d do the same. No way I’d want to try to argue it was empty without some kind of proof.

      • The Narrator

        i didn’t want to assume the intelligence of others.

      • duke69111

        I would probably do the same, but why wouldn’t you refuse the package (assuming he was home when it was delivered) and have it sent back and then call Oppo.

        • Cory S

          Easier said than done. Mos t my packages are delivered when im gone at work. I have had to print out poster sized notes to UPS to refuse a package when I KNOW before hand I need to return the delivery..and sometimes they just ignore it.

    • needa

      not everyone is a child that needs the recognition of subscribers. kinda like how not everyone needs to be friends, or have three thousand friends on facebook.

      • The Narrator

        Didn’t say that.

        • needa

          sure you did.

          • The Narrator

            Okay, you’re obviously trolling so I won’t feed you.

          • needa

            your loss.

        • PoisonApple31

          You inferred it.

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          • The Narrator

            saying he has no subscribers means he’s a child and doesn’t need recognition? That makes no sense.

          • PoisonApple31

            No – by stating he has no subscribers you are saying that he is suspect compared to someone who has a lot of subscribers.

          • The Narrator

            It’s just odd. But whatever, he either gets a replacement, or gets outed as a thief, or fool.

          • Aooga

            Everyone starts somewhere.

    • He says in the video that he wanted to film it so that he could “prove” the box was received empty.

      • The Narrator

        Ah, too many subtitles.

      • Faking that is incredibly easy.

        • The Narrator

          Yeah, videos are useless unless he started at the point when he got the box from the delivery guy.

    • Aooga

      “clearly”. Please show me “clearly” then I’ll shut up.

    • Ian

      Well it did have to go through customs…they like to tamper.

  • Bill Stebbins

    People weren’t kidding when they said this company was full of empty promises!

    • JP

      Anything can happen! And it did.

    • Sum ting wong

      Oppo oneplus worthless chinese pos phone.

  • Thomas Su


  • Josh P.

    Best Unboxing Video EVER!

    • Josh P.

      Only way this gets better is if Arnold comes and abducts him in his tank, says get to the choppa for no reason, then ends up on stage with some random italian band after an intense game of indoor mini-golf. They have mini golf in Italy right?

      • Chris VanAnden

        GET TO THE CHOPPA!!!!!!!!! GET OUTTT!!!!!

      • Jared Tau

        Italian Bud Light promo