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OnePlus Unveils Bamboo StyleSwap Cover for $49, Opens Up 5,000 New Invites

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OnePlus, creators of what has become one of the most controversial phones of all time, unveiled its first StyleSwap cover for its flagship One, last night. For those new to StyleSwap covers, these are the removable/replaceable back plates that you can hot-swap onto your device to give it new life. OnePlus originally announced that materials like denim, kevlar, and exotic woods would arrive at some point down the road. Bamboo is the first and will be available in August for $49. 

While the back is not available yet – of course it isn’t, this is OnePlus we are talking about – the company did release a very pretty promo video of the back being made. We have included it below.

To celebrate this Bamboo announcement, OnePlus has opened a new contest to get 5,000 One invites into the hands of those who have yet to receive one. The contest will run for the next 24 hours, with 10 of the winners also receiving a free Bamboo cover.

Contest Link

Via:  OnePlus [2] | Bamboo Styleswap
  • stevengrosas

    You can just go to swappa.com and buy one.

  • Matt L

    Got my 1+1 last week. Really enjoying it so far.

  • xsirxx

    New post “Could this be the end of OnePlus”. Interesting that Paypal might have frozen their funds.

    http://tktechnewsblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/could-this-be-the-end-of-oneplus/

  • punkroyale

    I finally got an invite to buy the phone last week, I decided against it. It took much too long and any initial excitement I had was long gone. I’m more interested in the next Nexus offering. Sorry OnePlus your sales model is bizarre but you’re great at marketing what is in essence a vaporware product.

  • T_Dizzle

    Looks good, now if I can just get my hands on the phone. (plots evilly)

  • Trevor

    I really was excited for this phone when it was first “released,” and I probably would have bought one because it was so cheap (comparatively). But at this point, I feel like better stuff is around the corner, and the excitement is gone. Sad panda.

    • T_Dizzle

      Announced not “released” but I see what you mean.

  • acras

    Awesome! They are opening up 5000 invites to buy a back for a phone that you can only get if you get an invite. Keep up the marketing, the ad agency they are using is loving getting everyone’s email addresses to flood you with crappy offers for other garbage they are peddling.

  • chris_johns

    I had a universal remote back in 97 that was about the same size of this phone…how technology has advanced……../s

    lol who cares about this phone honestly

  • Grayson

    Meh, I like the feel of the sandstone back so much, this doesn’t interest me.

  • Jason Kahn

    This is even more applicable than where I used it yesterday

  • ManBearPig618

    The fact that this phone is still on an invite only system is an f’ing joke.

  • objektiv_one

    Have you guys seen the yellow band a good amount of customers are getting on these devices. I sold mine asap and picked up a G3.

    take a look at the thread its almost 200 pages deep.
    https://forums.oneplus.net/threads/re-yellow-screen.40239/

    They have terrible customer service and are even charging for returns and people who paid import tax aren’t getting their money back.

    • needa

      200 pages mean nothing on that site. 50 new posts are made every five or ten minutes. it is ridiculous. i have seen ‘i just got an invite’ posts make it to 10 and 20 pages. it is also an issue that we have seen many times before from other oems, and it is easily fixed. but hey… get as many people to not want one as you can. maybe my invite will come quicker

      • objektiv_one

        i agree with you. i got the yellow band on mine, i refused to use the on screen keys to hide it. I asked for a new device and they gave me some bs excuse about it being a “feature” and not a defect. So I sold it for profit and paid $60 more for a brand new G3. So you can say i didn’t settle.

        • needa

          That’s good stuff right there.

  • John Motschenbacher

    So are the invites for the phone….or the cover lol

    • xsirxx

      The invites are for the phone, but to buy the phone you need to purchase the cover after you tell 5 friends who tell 5 friends who then tell 5 other friends in an email thread and then once that happens you will receive a note anonymously in the mail at your registered address that will give you directions on where you can find the special meeting and there will be two doors you can choose between, one which takes you directly to a phone where you can call an encrypted number which you can find only after breaking the encryption through a series of complicated tasks which will each give you a specific interval of the key, the other which can lead to almost certain death IF you do not email another 5 friends who tell 5 friends who then tell other 5 friends and have the process repeated.

      OR you could just go buy a G3, S5, M8…

      • Smply_Rckless

        Lmao

  • Specter597

    Invites, pics, glam, buzz
    Comments, Social, Talk, Talk, Talk.
    Hype Beast weary sleeps

  • yankeesusa

    This company has a lot to learn when it comes to marketing. But I was able to get an invite from a friend and also got my own invite and now that I have the Oneplus I really like it. The design is amazing, doesn’t feel like a $350 phone. in fact it feels and looks much better than my nexus. I just hope they get this invite stuff together. Their only hurting themselves.
    All these complaints from people that don’t have it I understand, I was one of those people complaining. But once you get the phone you’ll see how great the phone is.

    • John Motschenbacher

      What does a 350.00 phone feel like?

      • yankeesusa

        Well, a regular $350 phone feels just like a $350 phone. The one plus feels different than a $350. Just try it

        • John Motschenbacher

          Well….that is just a silly reply. You say it is different then a 350.00 dollar phone. Please detail out why it is? Placebo effect?

          • yankeesusa

            I was being funny. Ok seriously, here’s my response. For it costing as much as the 16gb nexus 5 it feels way better, feels stronger, better material and better hardware. Has way better battery life, 2 great speakers, has tweaks already built in that do not require any rooting like on the nexus. Plus if you do root it won’t void the warranty. It just feels like a premium phone and not like a mid range phone

          • John Motschenbacher

            What type of battery life are you getting? Screen on time? Type of usage too. What type of tweaks are done? Rotting doesn’t void anything since you can recover to bone stock with a simple factory image.
            I wonder what type of material it is made from. Must be something space age. Tritanium perhaps, I saw it on Star Trek Enterprise the other day. I believe the hull was made from it.
            My N5 has been very sturdy. I can’t even count how many times I have dropped it since last fall.
            I avg about 3 hrs screen on with moderately heavy usage of course this depends on a lot.

            Does the yellow screen line come in other colors?

          • yankeesusa

            Battery life is great. As of now I can’t tell you the exact screen on time but I can gauge my use by what my nexus 5 was getting. example, i would unplug my n5 from the charger around 5am. With moderate use which can vary every day, my n5 would be at around 15% or less by 12pm. The Oneplus is at around 49% or more at around 12pm. In fact today I have been doing a lot of emailing and website searching including responding to these posts and currently my battery is at 42% still.
            As far as rooting, on the n5 its easy to revert back to stock to get warranty service but once you root it does void warranty and what if your rooted and the phone doesn’t turn on and you can’t revert back? Then your screwed. On some phones there is no way to really revert back due to internal triggers. so that is definitely a plus about this phone.
            The material I really don’t know that its made of. It feels like sand paper without the scratching and scratches seem to fade away and disappear. I don’t think it’s titanium, its too expensive. Compared to n5 this doesn’t feel like plastic although the n5 I really like. The n5 I would be afraid to leave without a case on surfaces that would scratch it. This one I don’t care. but it will be getting a case soon though. All screens break no matter what phone it is, at least for now. As far as yellow in the screen, I am one of the lucky ones. The first thing I did was check for the yellow part of the screen and it doesn’t have it.

          • John Motschenbacher

            Well if the phone will not turn on at all then no issue. Hardware failure. Root worries are gone with any phone if it is a hardware failure.

            I’m mainly giving you a hard time but you are a good sport. Well I wish you luck with the OPO. The phone had promise but it will never be a anything killer though.

          • yankeesusa

            Yea but if it’s hardware and they get the phone for warranty and somehow turn it on and see that it’s rooted than your screwed.
            But yea your right, this phone had a chance to be a killer and the invite system messed it up. But I think it still has a chance to make it or at least keep the company going till the oneplus 2 and then they can proceed to sell like every other phone. I’m rooting for this company because it means a great phone at a great price for many folks that can’t afford a $600 phone.

      • xsirxx

        It feels like it doesnt actually exist, to me…

  • Tony Byatt

    Nah, I’m good…

  • j

    This just in. No ones gives a crap anymore. We don’t want to jump through hoops.

    • Bryan Mills

      Few people out of 7,000,000,000. Have a party

      • Mech_Engr_09

        You’re such a dicck! I freaking love it haha.

      • chris_johns

        ur a moron…i asked for an invite also with zero intentions of geting the phone…those numbers are irrelevant

    • yankeesusa

      I can definitely see why people would not care anymore. This invite system has really hurt them. But the phone is awesome and I hope this company learns and moves on from this horrible beginning.

  • picaso86

    They are sending “empty invites” …

  • Ryan N

    if they put half of the money they spend on marketing into the production of the actual phone it might have actually had a chance period

    • epps720

      What money are they spending on advertising? I haven’t seen a single ad on TV, a newspaper, a billboard or even on a website. While this whole invite thing has been annoying as hell, we ALL know and talk about 1+1 so their marketing campaign has been a hit.

    • needa

      they don’t spend money on advertising. that is the whole point of oneplus. sell for near cost the first two years. use word of mouth and the internet for advertising.

  • Bryan Mills

    Remember, we’re entitled and if we can’t buy it now, the company is shady and sucks!

    Glad to see all the positive reviews and happy customers that aren’t entitled brats.

    • GetHelp

      All you do is attack and insult people, get a psychiatrist, get some medication, and then get a life. Good luck with your anger issues and having to attack everyone and anything if they don’t share your opinion

      • Bryan Mills

        Attack? It’s called having fun with idiots.

        • T4rd

          Edit: Nevermind..

      • xsirxx

        He only attacks people because he lacks any real intelligence to backup his claims. Hence why he responds with “idiot” and other nonsense. He is just acting out, I think this speaks more to parenting issues in our time.

      • DanSan

        i dont think his mother held him enough when he was a child.

  • epps720

    $49 is a little steep for this. I was thinking max of $29

    • Mech_Engr_09

      Oh you mean like how the moto x added the option for 50 to start…

      • epps720

        Did they really?! Thought it was only $25. Well, too steep for me. Not willing to pay $50 just for a case when I only paid $350 for the phone.

        • Mech_Engr_09

          yeah it was initially $50 then I think after a certain amount of time they dropped it to 25.

          • needa

            initially $75

          • epps720

            WOW

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  • Ryan N

    5000 invites minus one plus one divided by 5 fulfilled orders…

    Half life 3 confirmed!

  • enigmaco

    Most elusive phone ever

  • Marie Hopper

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  • David Narada Brown

    JUST 5000 INVITES HUH? smh im losing interest fast. a new nexus is just around the corner!

    • xsirxx

      I cannot wait to find out what it is. Have not been this excited about a phone before. MAYBE the Droid 2 global, but really excited for the Nexus. This phone had my attention until I realized what type of company this was.

    • Omar Amer

      not sure on new nexus. no word, or leaks at this point about the new nexus. Im still speculating on the Android Silver program launching this year starting wtih L.

      • xsirxx

        Did you watch the keynote? Apparently the Silver program is NOT the nexus program.

        EDIT: Or rather, not replacing it.

        • NoNexus4U

          Silver phones February 2015.

          KeyNote: Nexus Program will still exist, but they did not say whether or not NEW Devices will be released. They could keep the nexus program going just to support all the current Nexus Devices.

          • epps720

            Also did they specify how the Nexus program will live on? Doubt they get rid of the tablet, but will they make another phone? Can’t recall if this was addressed or not

      • xsirxx
        • Omar Amer

          they arent completely killing Nexus program. They just release devices if/when they need them. They could nix a phone this year as the Nexus 6 is well enough to highlight Android L. Or a New 8 or 10 inch tablet to highlight various aspects of Android L. It doesnt guarantee a new phone release this year. Im sure most people on DL would be looking forward to a new Nexus phone more than anything else.

          • xsirxx

            Thats a great point, hadnt thought of it that way. You just got me all upset wondering now!

      • David Narada Brown

        One of the execs from Google confirmed about a month ago that the nexus program was not being killed off for the silver program. http://phandroid.com/2013/05/30/sundar-pichai-d-interview/ here is the link to that article. we should see a nexus launch with android L!

        • Omar Amer

          you may want to read my post below. plus, my post above never said anything about the nexus program being killed off. just that they could skip a nexus phone this year for Android L Silver phones.

          • David Narada Brown

            android silver would be more of an “Google edition” replacement than a Nexus replacement i would think. Nexus has been the device to introduce the newest version of Android and setting the standard for hardware needed to run that software. Its gonna be interesting to see how they handle both of these tho!

          • Omar Amer

            not according to google. Nexus devices are designed to highlight certain aspects/features of the newest features. whether that is in a new tablet or phone. but with Android Silver in the works, it is serving the same purpose as the Nexus Phone which is the stock experience highlighting certain aspects of the newest android version.

    • Bryan Mills

      Probably not.

  • http://www.twitter.com/thewizkid95 Jesus Otero

    Looks like we broke the OnePlus website

    • Bryan Mills

      Showing that the phone is still very popular and will continue to keep satisfying customers.

      • xsirxx

        Are you being serious Bryan Mills?

        • Bryan Mills

          Crashing a site doesnt happen unless there is an overwhelming amount of users. The question is, are you being serious? Probably not. Not feeding you.

          • xsirxx

            You are a strange bird Bryan Mills. I suggest taking some lessons on the Scientific Method. If their website lets say is shoddy enough to only let through one user and 2 users come in, then all of a sudden its down. Weird how only 2 people can bring down a website. Next we have attacks, hell this could show that a group of pissed off people got together and brought it down.

            How on earth can you be serious that this shows “continue to keep satisfying customers”? I ask again, are you serious? Or rather maybe I should ask, have you taken any schooling in your life?

          • Bryan Mills

            You’re an idiot.

          • acras

            Great reasoning there buddy. While they “may” be satisfying their customers, those customers aren’t the ones blowing up their sitesite . it’s the silly folks who WANT to be customers, who saw the 5000 invite part and are hopeful they can become part of this farce. Judging from how they have treated the public and this whole process I would venture to guess that they have the janitor maintaining their locally hosted websitewebsite and there isn’t enough bandwidth to handle more people than they have manufactured phones ( 538) , so if they get 539 people visiting their website, is not available, but hey, they will set up a contest on Facebook for you to win an invite to their website, to see that you have to enter a contest to win an invite to buy a phone. Then you can enter a contest, to win an invite to talk to customer service about a problem with the phone, like the yellow haze on the screen

          • epps720

            If you have ever looked at their forums you would know there is still a big following and a hell of a lot more than 2 people on their site. This definitely sounds like trolling to me.

          • xsirxx

            Of course there is more than 2, that post was to prove a simple point. The numbers are FAR from factual, obviously. I still have yet to hear how their website being down equates to satisfied customers, lets bring forth the facts.

          • Bryan Mills

            Read reviews. See posts. Everybody who’s gotten one, aka a lot, loves it.

            Oh and guess what? There’s 33,000+ submissions for 5,000 invites.

            You’ve failed.

          • Ralph Bretz

            You mean all 10 people that got one?

            I want an invite but only to sale the phone. At this point I’d rather wait to see what the Nexus 6, if its real, will be or the Moto X+1, or the Silver Line.

            Based on their launch the One+One seems unreliable.

          • Bryan Mills

            Thousands have gotten one.

          • Lucky Armpit

            Don’t use up an invite for someone who truly wants the phone just to turn around and sell it.

          • epps720

            In the last DL show Kellen even seemed to hint that he preffered the 1+1 over the G3.

          • MistaButters

            You get 4 submissions per person.

          • acras

            How does that equate to satisfied customerscustomers.? People want to get this thing, sure, but until they HAVE it, they are not customers . I would also argue that every one of them would prefer not having to fight those oddsodds to get the phone, so they are UNsatisfied potential customers.
            I will be getting something with better hardware later this year without all the B.S. that OPO is putting people throughthrough , this phone will be outdated before the majority of people have access. When this trial run is over and OPO becomes a line in Oppo’s company, perhaps it’ll be viable.

          • RiceCake

            Except for the yellow screen issue and one plus ignoring/banning customers, and charging them 85 bucks to send back a broken phone. PayPal has shut down their account. But yeah go ahead and buy a wooden back.

            Via tktechnews.com

            I’m a little shocked DL hasn’t brought this up. This company needs to get their stuff together or give up.

          • xsirxx
          • Thomas Wolfe

            Such a strong website to link to! WordPress.com (so they’re too cheap to pay for hosting) the default 2014 WP theme (so they’re lazy) and sloppy grammar! What a great source you linked to…

          • epps720

            I received my OnePlus One on Saturday and this phone is incredible! That’s just in general, not even taking into consideration that I only paid $350 for it. I did get hit with the yellow band issue which isn’t all that noticeable, probably the only reason I noticed it was b/c I was looking for it. I’ve heard that it dissipates after about a month, so I’m really hoping for that.

          • xsirxx

            I have no doubt that when the phone exists to buy that it will be nice, the reviews have all been glowing(minus minor issues). The problem exists with the company.

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          • chris_johns

            lol…get him

          • Thomas Wolfe

            Bryan is right, it’s called ‘concurrent connections’ and you’re the idiot.

      • http://www.twitter.com/cltnwd Colton

        Am I somewhat frustrated with what they are doing? Yes.
        Do I still want the phone? YES.

        tldr: I agree

    • Ralph Bretz
  • xsirxx

    Ughhhh. Stop it. Just stop it. Just feeding the trolls, this company needs to be put behind us.

    • Bryan Mills

      Change that with Samung and you’re right.