If you are one of those saving for sometime now to get enough money to buy the OnePlus 2, this bit of news is definitely cheery news for you. OnePlus, the Chinese maker of the smartphone announced today that they are now making the phone cheaper by $40. So now you can get the phone from online stores like Amazon for $349.
What about the invite system? Well, for those who don’t know, OnePlus cancelled the invite system last December to usher in the yuletide with good news for avid shoppers. The invite system, though heavily criticized, has worked in favor of the OnePlus models so far. It has given the phones an air of exclusivity making people go the extra mile to get the phone.
The invite system works like this: before you can purchase the phone from OnePlus, you need to get an invitation from the company. And to get this invitation, you have to register on their website and participate in some forum competions. Lucky winners are selected by a lottery. You can also get an invite from an owner of the phone.
Announcing the cancellation of the invite system last December in a blog post, the company had this to say,
“The invite system has been crucial to letting us scale our operations and has given our fans a unique way to share OnePlus with the people in their lives. But we are always trying to enhance the OnePlus experience for you and taking risks to push ourselves and show real improvements. That’s why we’re making the OnePlus 2 invite-free … forever!
That’s right; you’ll never again need an invite to purchase the OnePlus 2. We’re proud to be able to make the OnePlus 2 invite-free so soon and hope this will make getting your very own OnePlus 2 a cheerfully easy experience.
Speaking of cheer, we’re ringing in the holiday spirit by making it much simpler to give the gift of OnePlus this year. Starting at midnight on December 5, not only will the OnePlus 2 will be invite-free forever….”
It is not only the weird method of purchasing the phone that makes the OnePlus 2 something to cherish. The specifications are top end. Everything you find in the very best phones are present and some more. Check this out; 4 GB RAM, Snapdragon 810, 5.5 inch display, USB-C charging and fingerprint scanner are just some of the features you get at less than $400.
Using the blog post again to announce the price cut, OnePlus believed, all things being equal, this was the right time to make the cut,
“We learned a lot from our first flagship phone. The invite system helped get the OnePlus 2 off the ground, and now thanks to both timing and scale, our operations have sized up to the Goldilocks principle of just right. So, why not let our fans join us in celebrating the fruits of our labor? The OnePlus 2 now has a price modification of $349, forever. If you’ve ever needed to give a friend another reason to join Team OnePlus, here you go.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we have prepared a few more offers for your enjoyment. To kick things off, anyone purchasing one of our devices will receive a free StyleSwap Cover or OnePlus X Case. Additionally anyone who purchased the OnePlus 2 within the last fifteen (15) days, will be seeing a refund in price ($40, or the equivalent in your currency) difference coming their way. Keep an eye on your inbox for more details.”
So you can now go out and buy the OnePlus 2 just in time for valentine.