OnePlus One is without a doubt an excellent handset, but getting your hands on the device is not easy as it seems. The devices launched with an invite system, which rumors hinted would be abandoned in the coming months. And it seems they were correct after all.
The folks at OnePlus One have announced a new pre-order system which will make it easy for Android fans to get their hands on the OnePlus One.
The main issue with the invite model is that people need to invest considerable time into finding an invite. For some, this means making new friends at the OnePlus Forums, but others just want to buy the device. How can we improve the experience for the latter group while still managing our risk? Our answer to this problem is the OnePlus Pre-order System.
During a limited time window, you will be able to place an order for the OnePlus One. If we have the items in stock, we’ll ship immediately. If we don’t, it will automatically become a pre-order. No matter what, we’ll always tell you our best approximation for when it will ship before you submit the payment authorization (we’ll reserve the payment and charge you when we ship).
What’s strange is that OnePlus defended their decision to opt for an invite system, which was extremely hard to find, and took people weeks to find people or make new friends over at the OnePlus community forums. They mentioned the price point they choose left a very little margin, and said it was necessary to avoid inventory miscalculations and avoid losses.
As for the pre-order system, it’s simple: during a “limited time window,” customers will be able to place their order for the handset, and if its available in stock, the company will ship it right away. If not, the customer will be given an estimated delivery time. They are expected to launch the new pre-order system in October, but don’t you think it will be too late by then? Well, only time will tell.
Source: OnePlus One
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