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OnePlus “Summer Shots” Contest Now Live, 10,000 Invites Up for Grabs

Another day, another way to score a OnePlus One invite. Thankfully for the population of the Internet, there should be no way for this contest to get out of control like the last one, as this time, OnePlus only wants you to share a picture of your summertime happiness.

To enter, folks are submitting pictures on Instagram of their summer activities, followed by a couple of hashtags. OnePlus is giving out 10,000 invites to purchase the One, so if you hurry, there is a really good chance you can land an invite. 

If scoring a OnePlus One invite is still on your bucket list, check out the full rules and details below. Best of luck.


Dear friends,

The end of summer is slowly creeping upon us and we want to see what you’ve been up to! We’re calling on OnePlus fans to send in their best pictures from this past summer for our Summer Shots Contest. Beaches, sunsets, mountains, or just a barbecue in the backyard – we want to see how you’ve been spending the past couple of months!

All you’ll need to do is post a photo to Instagram or choose from a few alternate actions and you could win one of 10,000 invites. That’s right, 10,000. There are also 100 t-shirts up for grabs so enter quick!

Here’s how you enter:

  1. Post a photo taken this summer with hashtags #summershots and #oneplus on Instagram (or, alternatively, do any of the other social actions listed here)
  2. Sit back and check out entries from other OnePlus fans

Rules & Information:

  1. The contest will be open for four days starting at on August 22nd at 6:00AM EST (11:00AM GMT) until August 25th at 6:00AM EST (11:00AM GMT)
  2. Pictures must be original and not heavily modified (check the FAQ below for more info)
  3. Winners will be selected randomly and contacted on August 27th
Via: OnePlus
Cheers Matt!
  • Zachary Vincent Manning

    Y’all just mad you don’t have one. They are doing a better job then Sony…. And Sony has been around for forever

  • Mickey A Valentine

    They need to get their shareable invite system thing straight. Been waiting 6 weeks now.

  • ki11ak3nn

    If the next OnePlus phone is around the size of the G2 and has band 12 support I’ll buy it on launch day.

  • droidrazredge

    When I read summer shots I was thinking of another type of shots people might send in as a photo to get this phone…….

  • surfer

    I wont be advertising them just to get a chance to get an “invite” to buy a phone wich should be available for sale to everyone

  • Havoktek

    Whatever mang….Done with this device like Nick Cannon & M.C. Diva

  • Denvertoad

    How about they pass the invites to the 50k or so who are registered and waiting for the damm phone. I have neither the time nor inclination to play these silly games.

  • Josh

    I’m no longer interested in them after their last invite “contest”.

  • jimt

    Look: Why not just sell the phone to who ever wants one. Stop the games, already.

  • yankeesusa

    All i can say is that this invite system sucks but the phone is awesome. Let’s hope that they can get more phones into people’s hands and start working on a better production system so that then One Plus two comes out with better production.

  • Steve Rosner

    Got an invite, and purchased the 64GB model. Glad I returned the LG G3, it was really laggy for me. The 1440p res looked funky on some things.

  • s0uth

    im so over this damn phone. their whole marketing scheme for this sucked.

  • bkosh84

    It’s the internet.. Somehow.. Someway, this will get out of hand.

  • paul_cus

    Don’t care anymore, OnePlus.

  • nkd

    If you go read their forums, and just read their reasoning behind invites I am sure you guys will understand. They simply don’t have enough resources to meet the demand. They don’t want a system where people have placed order and be backordered for months. They are limiting the supplies as they ramp up production. They will eventually move out of the invite system once they have ramped up production enough. I hated the invite system as well but seems to me they have a valid reason to do this because they are a new startup.

    • They have a catch 22 on their hands. From an operations analysis point of view, they won’t know the true state of “demand” until they open up the flood gates and go into the backorder process. They are controlling demand right now with the invite system. Not a true reflection of demand at all.

    • You mean once the phone is outdated they will ramp up production?

    • CoreRooted

      I’m sorry. That is ridiculous. If you design and build a product, then you need to make sure that you can handle the inventory requests for said product. Backordering is something that everyone is quite used to and, in most cases, is acceptable to most consumers. If you, as a company, cannot handle the demand, then you obviously did not plan out your supply chain and manufacturing process very well. In that case, you sell your first batches and funnel that money back into your supply chain. OnePlus doesn’t seem to be able to grasp this very basic concept.

      Virtually every company was a start-up at some point and they managed to overcome the basics of supply and demand.

  • Aaron C

    Thanks, but I’ll wait for the Nexus 6 now. I’m surprised anyone cares about this phone anymore with all the ridiculousness. This whole fiasco from start to finish should be a study in marketing class on how NOT to run a campaign.

  • AndrewScottRox

    The height of narcissism.

  • markgbe


    Moto x2, Nexus __ is incoming.

  • jimt

    Don’t care. The company is a joke, phone is good.

  • Suicide_Note

    Time to share some photos of the pivot man from one of my parties. Enjoy, OnePlus!

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I don’t, on principal, enter contests that require stupid hashtag usage and dumb social media nonsense to participate.

    • Suicide_Note

      Same here. It’s nothing more than a lame marketing stunt.

  • hvbuuyv

    You could win an invite to BUY the phone…

  • mcdonsco

    One+, You’re drunk, go home.

  • Kevin Kintner

    Pretty sure 0600 on August 22nd to 0600 on August 25th is 3 days not 4, this company can’t even manage to do simple math. That is 72 hours, it would need to be open the entire day on the 25th to be 4 days.

    Just sell the damn phone already, enough with making people jump through hoops to buy your product.

  • Tony Byatt

    As annoying as the invite system is, most still participate, as I did…

    I received an invite but I had no idea where it came from, OnePlus or a tech site raffle…

    Doesn’t hurt to participate in the madness but it would be nice to just be able to buy the phone with no hoops to jump through…

    • CoreRooted

      I have avoided getting anywhere close to the invite system. I refuse to participate in any kind of lame marketing stunts so that I can be invited to buy a device. When I walk up to a vendor and say “I have money and I want to buy your product”, usually the vendor says “Ok! Thank you!” and sells me the product. If they don’t have it, then they back-order it for me and I wait patiently until I receive the product.

      Waiting to get an invite so that I can buy the device is ridiculous. Especially where there are already people WITH invites that still can’t buy the device.

  • ams165

    OMG, these phone clowns are still at it.
    How about releasing the phucking phone already. Enough with the games……..

  • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

    I just got mine. It’s amazing. Even with the 4.4.4 battery bug, it’s incredible. 🙂 Love double tap to wake.

    • There’s not doubt the phone is great. OnePlus? Not so much.

      • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

        They haven’t had the best press whatsoever, but when they get enough traction, hopefully they’ll be able to put that towards the OnePlus Two. I’ll be coming back with invite codes here when I get em!!!

        • BillySuede

          the problem is they won’t get that traction until they make the phone available to everyone. at this rate, even when that happens, the phone will have a short shelf life before it’s time to expect news on the next iteration…if there is one.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      What battery bug…. Just updated mine

      • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

        Theres a sensor bug that keeps the CPU awake (you can google for further details). Expect crap battery life the first few charges… if you have greenify, that’ll help TONS.

        • mcdonsco

          Seems to me there has been a battery bug in EVERY version of Kitkat. I’ve owned 4 phones through the change from Jelly Bean to KitKat and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM saw a HUGE drop in battery life after the update.

          Phones were, Droid Maxx, Moto X, Galaxy Note 3 and LG G2.

          3 different manufacturers, 3 different skins and ALL with the EXACT SAME PROBLEM. Tells me one thing: KitKat F’s up your battery life.

          Nice to know 4.4.4 didn’t help.

          The only thing I haven’t specifically noticed a drop with is my N7, however I don’t pay attention to battery life on it as I really only charge it every few days at the most; just when it’s low put it on the charger…for all I know it took a hit too.

        • yankeesusa

          Even during the battery bug issue my phone had great battery life. Only other phone to beat it in battery is my g3. Just updated today and will be selling my oneplus since I like the g3 a whole lot better. But overall the $350 is well worth spent. And with constant updates and a guarantee that android L will drop on it in just 90 days after it releases for the nexus its a great option.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Just got an update for the battery fix. These boys work quick

    • Alex B

      New update should fix the battery

  • CasperTFG

    Contest: already entered. Waiting for Good_Ole_Pinocchio’s invite.

  • athorax

    I was ready and willing to buy it the day it was announced. It is a last-gen phone now. I will wait for the N6 or X+1 at this point.

    • Bryan Mills

      Lol the specs on this murder the X+1 And the current GS5.

      • Not you again. Do you work for OnePlus?

        • Bryan Mills

          No, but I own one. G3 is my daily driver though since it’s on Verizon.

        • athorax

          He cracks me up. Sits there all day commenting and switching his different accounts to upvote himself.

          • Bryan Mills

            Uh huh. Lay off the crack pipe. Not good for you.

      • ki11ak3nn

        I agree with you man. Don’t listen to the trolls. But I’m waiting for the Note 4 and if that doesn’t turn out to be as planned then it’s either M8 or G3.

    • j

      current gen.


  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Haven’t gotten invites yet…but I’ll be giving them away here once I do….

  • I was hoping no one would write about this contest….I no longer think OnePlus deserves the “ink” anymore.

    • BAllen


    • Maxim∑

      after owning the phone they actually do. But before I had the phone I thought the same. Great product, crappy marketing and ethics

      If swing copters got an article, then OPO should too

      • I “owned” the phone once too. Great device. Personal decision on my part, but I didn’t want to support the company any longer by owning their product, so I sold it on swappa. I’m sure I can be swayed differently if they prove to clean up the act.

    • Dave

      There are a couple Android sites that have vowed to intentionally not publish any more articles about the company or phone. I wish DL would follow suit.

  • Bryan Mills

    But Tim, this is America. We’re all entitled to stuff around here.

    • Deez

      You sound stupid.

      Basically has nothing to do with entitlement. It’s this simple: I could care less if I get this phone or not. They need to sell me on it or sell it to me. I shouldn’t have to go out of my way by winning a contest, waiting on some super long list, etc. I don’t feel it’s my right to have it and I don’t think it’s owed to me at all. I can’t get it easily so I don’t give a fcuk about it. There’s other companies willing to sell me better devices and I don’t have to jump through hoops to get them

      • I upvoted you just for your first sentence.

      • BillySuede

        this. if i have to keep waiting to be invited for the same phone, no matter how good it is, eventually someone will catch up, make a better phone and be better prepared to sell it to me. what does one plus gain in that?

      • Suicide_Note

        *couldn’t care less


    • Christopher Moore

      Right on! Everytime I hear invite I get pissed off. I don’t want to jump through hoops to pay list cost.

      • michael arazan

        What’s next from them? Video yourself bashing your grandmother in the head with a hammer?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I really just don’t think they have the resources. Especially if they don’t sell enough

    • JSo

      They can’t make phones fast enough. They aren’t a big company.

      • Asmodai

        They ARE a big company. This whole tiny company and availability thing is a giant PR stunt. OnePlus is owned by BBK/Oppo Electronics who is a big multi-national corporation. They’re very large in China (where they use the Oppo brand) and Russia (where they use the BBK brand) and in the U.S. they’ve released things under the Memorex and Philco brands. (Note they license the Memorex and Philco brands along with other manufacturers so everything Memorex or Philco is not from them.)

        • JSo

          But they are fairly new to the phone business. I think they might be playing it safe and making sure they aren’t putting out a dud of a phone. Which probably means they aren’t set up to fully manufacture the device. It may not be the best way to release a phone but I think they are just testing the waters.

          • Asmodai

            What do you consider “new to the phone business”? The Oppo U701 Ulike was released on June 27 2012. I’m not even sure that was their very first smartphone but that means they’ve been making Android based Smartphone for at least 2 years now with at least 12 different models over that time. Just the OnePlus BRAND is new, again it’s a PR stunt.

          • JSo

            Were any of their phones popular or make any sort of impact? Aren’t they just now starting to make their way into the U.S.?

          • Asmodai

            Yes, their phones are popular in China and Russia. They’ve made up this OnePlus brand and this fake image of being a tiny upstart with limited manufacturing capacity as a PR stunt to try to gain entry into the U.S. market. So yes, they’re just now starting to make their way into the U.S. but even most phones available in the U.S. are manufactured in China so the fact they are just entering the market here is not a reason for supply constraints. My point is just that the “limited supply” and thus the invitation system is artificial because they could easily manufacture more if they wanted. They are CHOOSING to keep supplies low and making up a new brand as a PR stunt to enter the U.S. market. Go look at the OPPO Find 7, it’s almost exactly the same phone as the OnePlus One. I’m not saying the phone is bad, I’m not saying it’s not a good deal for the price they are offering, I’m just saying your claim that “They can’t make phones fast enough.” is wrong. As is your claim “They aren’t a big company.” They ARE a big company, they CAN make them fast enough, but they choose not to as a PR stunt. I don’t think you understand this.

          • JSo

            Well you are probably right. I guess I just went off of what I have been reading. I wonder if this little contest type release is actually making people aware of them though. I know we all know them here because we follow this type of thing. But I wonder if they are getting out to all the other people.

          • Asmodai

            I’m sure the contests, invite system, etc. has made more people aware of them then if they had just released the phone normally and done nothing. Either way being an new or unknown brand to the U.S. probably means they weren’t going to sell a ton of their first device so pretending it’s because they were supply limited may have worked if people didn’t go rummaging through their financial filings and figure out they were really part of Oppo. Heck it still may be working in spite of that because as you said “we follow this type of thing” and yet you apparently bought into their supply ruse, I suspect those who don’t follow this things have no idea at all they aren’t some tiny start up trying to make a super phone for cheap.

          • JSo

            Well regardless of how they do their business, I want to see this phone do well. High end phones need to be cheaper like this phone and the Nexus line and stop being 800 bucks. I support them even though I’m not buying one (I have a Nexus 5 already).

      • BillySuede

        not an excuse. they should have done a much better job anticipating demand and allocating the resources accordingly. you only get one chance to make a first impression and they’re doing a glorious job of showing the industry how not to jump into the pool.

        • yankeesusa

          Like someone already said, they are a startup company, even though they came from oppo it looks like they aren’t getting the same resources as oppo. Plus their phone is actually really good quality. I still haven’t found any new phones with this type of quality other than the htc one m8. Only reason I’m selling is because my g3 has wireless charging and ir blaster. If it wasn’t for that I would be keeping it.

          • BillySuede

            quality doesn’t matter if i can’t hold it myself in a store and buy it on impulse. you can talk about the phone all you want but that doesn’t mean other oems aren’t putting new phones out. if i want to buy a new phone, i’m going to the store to buy my phone. not everyone is going to sit and wait hoping they get their invite.

          • yankeesusa

            The nexus sold the same way except no invite system. I understand you need to hold the phone but many buy the nexus without holding it. Either way, it’s a great phone. I just hope they get their manufacturing in check. This phone is really advertised towards those that like the nexus line which normally doesn’t sell in stores.

          • BillySuede

            true except you can buy the nexus via google play. you can’t do that with the one. until one plus gets their act together, it’s speculation all around.

          • yankeesusa

            That’s why I said once they get the manufacturing in check they’ll do good, until then they may not be around too long. All I know is that almost all posts I see from owners of this phone they love it including me. I’m hoping they get things together.

        • Asmodai

          If they released the phone as the Oppo One instead of making a new brand and they didn’t artificially limit their supply so they had to do contests, use the invite system, etc. we probably wouldn’t be talking about them right now. You’d probably just think Oppo was some other cheap Chinese brand entering the market and not given them a second thought if you heard of them at all. Since they have contests like this one and the invite system and such we’re talking about them now so it seems to be working pretty well for them.

          • BillySuede

            that’s nice. all the publicity, postive or otherwise, doesn’t change the fact if i can’t buy the phone when i want, i will simply buy the new iphone or note or g3 that i can buy right now.

            biggest loser – one plus