Last year when the legendary OnePlus One had launched there was high level of frustration among fans who wanted to get their hands on the device. And that was mainly due to the company's not so cool marketing tactics - the dreaded ‘Invite System'.
But we could hardly blame the company for that - OnePlus was just another new company in the smartphone market and they had never expected such a demand for their flagship killer. Needless to say that demand for the ‘Flagship Killer' went far above the no of stocks.
Now it's over an year since the launch, and the company has launched their second generation of ‘Flagship Killer' dubbed the OnePlus 2. Unfortunately the company has made little amends too this time, since a buyer has to again through the not so popular Invite System. Despite Carl Pei, OnePlus CEO announcing before launch that this year's invite system would be less flawed than previous, tech analysts at Gizbot seem to think the opposite.
Sign Up for an Invite Now!
Nevertheless if you haven't registered for an invite already, then we feel you are seriously late! But never mind, without any delay do register now. And here's how!
Visit this link and signup using your email address. But unfortunately there is already a huge queue behind you. It stood at something around 20 lacs when I registered on their site for an invite. That's massive!
But don't worry these numbers are not necessarily true. I will explain that in a few moments.
Love jumping up a queue? Here's how!
Unlike previous years OnePlus had decided on a system to reward their loyal fans who have supported their company throughout the past year. Since the company believes that word of mouth is the best form of publicity the company will reward those who spreads the word on the invite system. To put it in a simple way, one can jump up the queue for every person who signups for the invite via his unique link.
Post signing up for an invite every user will get one unique link which he or she can share with family and friends via various social media, mail and what not!
This has resulted in many a people creating fake email ids just for the fact of jumping up the queue. Hence the number of registered individuals are not actually a count of people interested to buy the device. In fact it's an inflated number. But we can't blame the company for that - it's just that their plan of pleasing their fans simply backfired.
On the other hand, if you are buyer who doesn't want to delve in these unfair means of jumping up the queue via all wrong ways possible, it would mean that you would sliding downhill for every new referral sign ups.
Land up an Invite from a friend of yours who was just too lucky!
In case you have friend who have landed up with an invite either by being an early bird in the invite system or via a OnePlus Fan Meet up you can ask for an invite from him. Every OnePlus users are given a free invite with every device they buy.
Alternatively you can be on the prowl on Social media groups related to OnePlus Two to land up an invite. There are quite a few on Facebook actually. Simply search using the keyword OnePlus in FB and you can locate a number of group. Many a times users you these to give away their invites. There's a catch though - many a user may charge you something for giving away their invite!
OnePlus official forum contest
The company generally follows this strategy of organising contests in their forums via which they give away invites and other free goodies. So do be active there if none of the above mentioned ways don't work out for you.
None of these work me....What to do?
There's always a way out for every problem in life and this case is no exceptional. One can always land up an OnePlus 2 via resellers best in China. Recently a report at TheTecholic stated that the OnePlus Two is up for pre-order worldwide at Gearbest at a price tag of $397. Yes, you have to pay a premium for landing up a device via any of these resellers and you should do that if this is the last resort available or you just don't want to go through the hassle of invite systems to get hold of the device.