The OnePlus One will no longer require you to go through its much-maligned invite scheme if you fancy grabbing the handset.
OnePlus made the announcement yesterday, effectively meaning that the debutant smartphone is now freely available for purchase for the rest of its days.
When the OnePlus One was originally released, the company also unveiled its smash the past scheme – which had potential buyers smash their old flagship phone if they were selected to get the OnePlus One.
As you’d expect, the idea received mixed reviews – with plenty of opposition from recycling groups, who eventually convinced OnePlus to also allow people to offer their phones to charity schemes instead of sending them to a brutal demise.
Other ideas to try and bring in invites were equally poor – with a selfie challenge being deemed sexist after targeting women only, and with online giveaways also facing massive demand without nearly enough supply.
One of the more reasonable moves made by OnePlus was one made at the beginning of the year, in which the company began selling the OnePlus One freely every Tuesday.
Not only did this mean that customers weren’t forced to jump through hoops (other than buying their phone on a Tuesday), but it also proved quite popular but also manageable for the Chinese company.
This deal seems to have quenched the thirst of most OnePlus One consumers now, as the company has now opened up sales to every day of the week, presumably because demand is now at a good level for a general sale.
Following this announcement, OnePlus has also confirmed that it will be offering a 75% discount on flip covers and screen protectors for a limited time. Also, Bamboo style swap covers will be made available while stocks last – meaning you can also upgrade your phone with some extra accessories without issue.
The OnePlus Two was also mentioned by the company during the announcement, claiming that it will be coming in the third quarter of 2015, but will re-implement the invite scheme to try and handle demand for the phone.
Rumours suggest that the OnePlus Two will feature top of the range specs like a Snapdragon 810 chipset, 3GB RAM and an octa-core processor for much less than the standard flagship equivalent.
No details about specs have been confirmed by the company yet however, so take those rumours with a pinch of salt for now.
Written by Luke Hatfield