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OnePlus One Available for Purchase, But There’s a Catch (Updated)

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It seems like an eternity since the OnePlus One was released, but the mythical smartphone has finally begun to make it into the hands of buyers worldwide. That is to say, people lucky enough to get their hands on a coveted invite. If you are one among the thousands of other less fortunate, there is another way to obtain a One, but it will cost you.

OppoMart, a third-party retailer, is selling the 16GB One for $399, marked up $100 from MSRP. Consolatory free shipping and a 30-day return policy may not be enough to make up for that.

Also, there’s another caveat: the phone ships with Oppo’s Android skin, Color OS, because the version of Cyanogenmod bound for the device isn’t quite ready. The One will be upgradeable to Cyanogenmod, but early buyers will have to settle with Oppo’s firmware for now.

If none of that deters you, the One is available for purchase at the source link.

Update:  As reader Brian points out, OnePlus has addressed scalper sites like this, noting that if you buy this phone for use outside of China, your experience may not be optimal. Here is what they had to say via their forums:

1. You won’t have warranty. If your phone was intended to be used in the Chinese market, you still have a one-year warranty, but only in China. Only the global versions are covered by the international warranty. Your attempt to communicate with scalpers could be ignored, and even if they do agree to take back your phone, you’ll face significant delays due to shipping and customs.

2. Incompatible LTE bands outside of China. The Chinese version of the One is prepared to work on China Mobile, which uses TD-SCDMA/TD-LTE technology that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Additionally, the Chinese version lacks WCDMA band 4 and LTE bands 4 and 17. So depending on your carrier, connectivity will be limited.

3. Risk of bricking your phone. While you can install CynanogenMod yourself, flashing through fastboot mode is not for everyone and requires installing specific software and writing code in your command terminal. If you brick your Chinese One, please refer to point 1.

4. You pay more. The scalpers charge a higher price outright. Including shipping and customs duties, expect the price to exceed $400. This goes against our philosophy of creating an amazing product with a price that can disrupt. Help us create an efficient market by not rewarding the scalpers.

5. Miss out on the OnePlus experience. Since the beginning, our goal was to fuse superior product with unparalleled customer experience. By buying from a scalper, you are missing out on dedicated services available only for OnePlus Global users.

Via: OppoMart | Lets Talk Tech
Cheers BN!
  • Tommy

    The OnePlus One is not the perfect, everything-to-everyone phone that its creators might like you to think it is. But it is an amazingly powerful and versatile device, even before you consider its staggeringly low price. And if you have decided to become a proud owner of this device, perhaps you’re in the market for a solid and beautiful protection case as well.

    http://9cases.com/2014/06/best-and-cheap-oneplus-one-cases-2014/

  • Tommy

    For $300, no other phone comes close to what the OnePlus One offers. Not only does it look and feel like a premium device, but it also comes with specs similar to what you’d find in a flagship smartphone. If you’re keeping costs down, look no further. And if you have decided to become a proud owner of this device, perhaps you’re in the market for a solid and beautiful protection case as well.

    http://9cases.com/2014/06/best-and-cheap-oneplus-one-cases-2014/

  • Josh Halley

    It’s crazy you can’t buy the phone unless your invited! Is it a production problem or what? How many chinamen does it take to make a phone?!?

  • Former OP fan

    One+ made up a lot of hype at the international level, to push up sales at home. The whole idea was to do this: make massive sales in China, then make the international buyers wait months until the price of hardware drop to make some money to survive from the international sales.

    Its a well know strategy in China, but very uncommon (and unwelcome!!!) in the developed world! I think they are misreading the international market in a BIG way.

  • TeeJay1100

    When did it get so hard just to purchase a phone!?!?!

  • Billy Noyes
  • Siddharth Raj

    I will rather wait for Nexus 6, really wanted to try this product , but too man problems

  • Thomas Wolfe

    This is close to the most bungled, fail release ever. It had so much potential and about everything was handled improperly. I would be surprised if CyanogenMod as a ‘company’ survives this.

    What a fail.

  • Adam Truelove

    Just get a Nexus.

  • Aooga

    Lol…what experience. The experience of not being able to buy one?

    “5. Miss out on the OnePlus experience. Since the beginning, our goal was to fuse superior product with unparalleled customer experience. By buying from a scalper, you are missing out on dedicated services available only for OnePlus Global users.”

  • punkroyale

    They really did a poor job of marketing. They created demand but have no product to fill it with. Everyone has moved on or lost interest. FAIL,

  • morgan boyle

    Cyanogen Mod not ready. Wow, that was the whole point. i wanted to see them be successful with this but i always felt Cyanogen tried to crunch to many mods into their builds and it left it unstable.

  • Droid Ronin

    How about the OPPO Find 7? That was released at around the same time as this phone and I haven’t heard anything about that in months.

  • yummy

    It deters me, it deters me. I am deterred. Why oh why?
    Oh the humanity!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dave

    Somebody please unplug the hype machine, nobody cares about it anymore.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      Agreed.

  • GaryTBarnes

    OppoMart, a third-party retailer, is selling the 16GB One for $399, marked up $100 from MSRP. Consolatory free shipping and a 30-day return policy may not be enough to make up for that. http://chilp.it/11ddd5

  • Gr8Ray

    Meh.

  • Tee

    Awww yeah, now that everyone is pissed and aren’t interested in this phone anymore my chances of being able to get it have now gone up 0.0000000076%!

    Lol whatta Failosarus this whole thing has been. I’m pretty sure no one cares about this phone anymore…

  • Brian

    Really poor journalism here. Droid Life should retract this article.

    Here are the facts. The website mentioned Oppomart is the third party reseller (scalper) that is selling the Chinese version of the phone (not the international version) with different bands and ColorOS marked up extraordinarily. OnePlus has publically warned people on the forums not to buy from these websites. It’s irresponsible journalism for Droid Life to have even posted this.

    Here is what OnePlus said directly: Source: http://forums.oneplus.net/threads/5-reasons-to-not-buy-the-oneplus-one-from-scalpers.35689/

    1. You won’t have warranty. If your phone was intended to be used in the Chinese market, you still have a one-year warranty, but only in China. Only the global versions are covered by the international warranty. Your attempt to communicate with scalpers could be ignored, and even if they do agree to take back your phone, you’ll face significant delays due to shipping and customs.

    2. Incompatible LTE bands outside of China. The Chinese version of the One is prepared to work on China Mobile, which uses TD-SCDMA/TD-LTE technology that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Additionally, the Chinese version lacks WCDMA band 4 and LTE bands 4 and 17. So depending on your carrier, connectivity will be limited.

    3. Risk of bricking your phone. While you can install CynanogenMod yourself, flashing through fastboot mode is not for everyone and requires installing specific software and writing code in your command terminal. If you brick your Chinese One, please refer to point 1.

    4. You pay more. The scalpers charge a higher price outright. Including shipping and customs duties, expect the price to exceed $400. This goes against our philosophy of creating an amazing product with a price that can disrupt. Help us create an efficient market by not rewarding the scalpers.

    5. Miss out on the OnePlus experience. Since the beginning, our goal was to fuse superior product with unparalleled customer experience. By buying from a scalper, you are missing out on dedicated services available only for OnePlus Global users.

    • AndroidUser00110001

      More people should read this post before posting about this “article”

      • Brian

        I hate to see this misinformation and bad advice get out there. I’m sure all the clickbait websites will pick it up and republish as well.

    • Tee

      And here is the true “catch” about getting it lulz

    • duke69111

      I agree with the points above and anyone looking to purchase should be advised, but didn’t Oneplus really cause this scalping problem due to the lack of availability and the invite system. Plus I assume Oneplus had to sell them the phones they are scalping in the first place.

    • rawr

      Number 5 doesn’t make sense, unless unparalleled customer experience meant no one could parallel how bad the customer experience was.

  • S9779

    Yeah to bad this did not work out. By the time this phone sees mass release it will be irrelevant

  • anonymous person

    Seriously, people. Just wait for the new Nexus to come out. Your current phone still works, right? So, just be patient!

    • M3D1T8R

      No guarantee there will be a new Nexus. And some people want other options. (Or are stuck with Verizon like me w/ unlimited data.)

      • anonymous person

        Then you can’t get a OnePlus (if it really exists) or a Nexus if you’re still stuck to Verizon.

        • M3D1T8R

          Umm, Nexus on Verizon? Yeah I had the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon for a few months a year and a half ago. Not going back to that, thanks.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Okay, this is an Android/Techie blog where “my phone still works” isn’t a reason to not upgrade. That’s a reason for my mom to not upgrade.

  • tylerc23

    I already got the One+. I got a M8 after my M7 tehehehehe

    • anonymous person

      I’ll be the first to say, “go f*** yourself”. #donotbrag

      • LightofHonor

        He’s talking about the HTC…

  • Blue Sun

    What a PR disaster. It is obvious that they are not ready for the prime time.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      This. Their lack of competence during the entire debacle has soured me on their ability to deliver a device and support it down the road. I can only image customer service will be an even bigger nightmare than customer fulfillment.

      • Blue Sun

        This is almost like a flashback to the Gingerbread days where HTC (Thunderbolt) & Motorola (Droid X among others) had terrible customer support with almost no communication on issues from the manufacturers. These guys might be ready 3-4 years from now… maybe.

  • lensgrabber

    There is always a “catch” with this phone when trying to purchase.

  • JonathonFlores

    I shouldn’t need a d*mn invite to give you my money. What the hell is wrong with these people??

  • Orion

    This is getting beyond ridiculous. They should just cancel this whole crap and go back to the cave where they belong.

  • ams165

    I hope these clowns read these threads.

    They would change there tune in a New York minute…

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      What you see here is what happens on their Facebook page… they are fully aware

  • Colts5609

    Here is how you win a brand new OnePlus One (invite)!

    1. Record your self naked in front of the mirror professing your love for OnePlus.
    2. Upload to Vine and Tag at least 30 friends to tell them you #NeverSettle
    3. Fill out the contest form here
    4. Scrape up the remains of your dignity off of the floor (optional)

    • New_Guy

      5. After all this, do an unboxing video of your new OnePlus phone.
      6…it’s an empty box…
      7. Shoot self in the head.

  • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

    The catch is I don’t want it..

  • Maxim∑

    If your looking for a flagship budget device, its called the Nexus 5. Oneplus is a overhyped joke

    • Bryan Mills

      Lolwut

      • Adam Truelove

        lowlut

  • vincent scala

    i’ll stick with my Nexus 5 fixed the battery issue with 4.4.3 so i’m good lol

  • M3D1T8R

    Noppo.

    • Bryan Mills

      Oppo makes better quality products than a lot of other OEMs.

      • Tee

        Except you can actually purchase other OEM phones…

        • Craig Southwick

          Nice zinger

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    What a shame…

  • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

    Zero f*cks given. This company is garbage.

  • NickA

    This is the definition of not living up to the hype. The idea of a CM Android phone with flagship specs for a low cost just isn’t going to happen. I’ve moved on, spending my $$ on the G3 in a few weeks.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      Smart man.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Lol. This is really getting silly at this point. I’m so over this phone it’s not even funny the hype is dead. They took too long….and now I’m staring a G3 dead in the face.

    • Marikel

      This phone may as well not even be released anymore. So over it. I’ve moved on, and so has everyone else for the most part.

    • e_droid

      C’mon Motorola!

      • Stephen d.

        I’m just hoping the Moto X successor will be 400 or less. I believe they might have stated something of that nature?

    • Colts5609

      OnePlus One’s marketing gimmick is getting to the point of ridiculousness. WAY to much work and spamming of social media just to gain the “privilege” of purchasing a phone.

      • michael arazan

        If I believed a smart phone was a privilege to use and have and fell for marketing gimmicks, I’d be an iOS user

    • Jkdem85

      well it was fully announced just over a month ago right? I mean the G3 still wont be out for another month on most carriers…LG sh*t the bed in my opinion too

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        LG will be fine. OnePlus has been hyping this phone publicly for months before the official announcement. All they had was the crazy hype. LG isn’t going to lose any steam. The phone will on all carriers and is already being touted by the reviews as the “Best Android Phone of the Year”

      • Bryan Mills

        Yeah cause no other OEM takes a while, right?
        Get over yourself.

      • d-rock

        LG could have handled it better…they did hurt themselves by how they released the device. It will still sell really well, but not as well as it would have. The G2 will produce sales for the G3 by itself, but Oppo is in a different boat. Nearly everything they’ve done since announcement has been sloppy. They had relatively good marketing with the weekly leaks up to the announcement. It’s been all down hill since then.

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      Get the G3, I have one from T-Mobile. It’s amazing.

    • Usaamah

      To be honest, I never liked it. It’s big, ugly looking, and everything else has specs like that too.

    • LALinMN

      I probably would too but unfortunately $700+ for the G3 is way too much…

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        G3 will cost between $600 and $650 like most new high end phones. That’s pretty normal.

        • LALinMN

          True, but still too much. I went pre-paid when the Nexus 4 came out so I’m pretty much stuck with budget devices. Nexus 5 is looking kinda good right about now though (assuming the nexus line is really ending).

  • htowngtr

    Pass.