08-15-2015 02:45 PM
46 12
tools
  1. zachthebomb13's Avatar
    I actually like the invite system. People complain when they order their phone, then have to wait up to eight weeks to actually get it (iPhone 6 anyone?). This way you don't have to give them your money until they are ready to get you one.

    Point is, people will complain no matter what. At least this way you keep your money a bit longer, and can just not order it if you find out it's a dog.
    Aquila likes this.
    07-28-2015 10:29 AM
  2. Almeuit's Avatar
    While I see what you mean the wait for an iPhone 6 is different. That is simply a back order from so many orders. I don't think most people (including me) like being invited to give them my money -- as if it is a privilege to do so.
    Aquila, dpham00, xocomaox and 3 others like this.
    07-28-2015 12:56 PM
  3. Aquila's Avatar
    Yeah, no you're alone lol. It's different and was interesting as a rumor, but in execution it rather sucks 😛

    M Dev Nexus 6 Assassin Edition. Gonfaloniere
    Almeuit, xocomaox, jdot104 and 1 others like this.
    07-28-2015 12:58 PM
  4. dpham00's Avatar
    What he said. Invite sounds like you are special and they are extending you an offer.


    I prefer preorder. First come first serve. Instead of discriminating against those who aren't able to get an invite.
    07-28-2015 12:58 PM
  5. xocomaox's Avatar
    Most manufacturers have less people pulling their stock like Apple does because they only generally have 2 new devices a year only. And other big manufacturers like Samsung are building more at a time to keep from getting back-orders.

    So the invite system is just annoying to most people. Especially for normal manufacturers of Android devices. Their first phone I understand because they were new and didn't have deep pockets to built a lot. But that has since been corrected...
    Almeuit likes this.
    07-28-2015 12:59 PM
  6. itguyjax8430's Avatar
    you seem to be alone on this one. They are trying to make themselves bigger than they are with this whole invite thing.
    xocomaox likes this.
    07-28-2015 01:03 PM
  7. mighty727's Avatar
    i like to get what I want right away as much as anyone else. But the invite system is actually a big component of OnePlus' success (and low prices) in a few critical ways.

    First, it obviously gets a lot of attention. Some positive and most negative, but as Oscar Wilde said, the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.

    Second, it allows for a level of margin capture, cash flow efficiency and inventory control that other manufacturers with more traditional distribution systems (i.e. wholesale) can only dream about. How can OnePlus offer the phone at such a low price relative to its competition? Look no further than the infamous invite system. Its the key that makes everything possible.
    Aquila likes this.
    07-28-2015 01:10 PM
  8. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I can understand the beginning, say the first 90 days to see what kind of demand there is which can in turn dictate how much to put in production to help keep excess inventory down. But the invite system went on way too long. It is almost unneeded for the second time around, as there were nearly 400k people reserving an invite.
    I am inclined to agree with the others. I don't want to feel privileged, or jump through hoops to spend my money where I want.

    From my G4
    Android Central Ambassador Team Leader
    xocomaox and Aquila like this.
    07-28-2015 01:15 PM
  9. xocomaox's Avatar
    How can OnePlus offer the phone at such a low price relative to its competition? Look no further than the infamous invite system. Its the key that makes everything possible.
    Here is how they can offer such a low price:

    -no NFC
    -no quick charge of any kind (they said 0-100% would take over 3 hours)
    -no usb 3.0 (despite type c)
    -no sd card slot
    -no removable battery

    These things all lower the price of manufacturing substantially.
    07-28-2015 01:23 PM
  10. mighty727's Avatar
    good points. looks like they are really covering the bases. i wonder what their margins really look like, I am sure they are pretty nice (from their perspective, not ours).
    07-28-2015 02:09 PM
  11. Ryandroid86's Avatar
    Plus the invite system makes the phone more exclusive. Almost like a club. And us Android people love to be different. !!!power to the people!!!

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Aquila likes this.
    07-28-2015 05:32 PM
  12. mchockeyvette27's Avatar
    I don't mind it honestly. I really don't have the time to be mashing at the share buttons and writing all over forums all day to get an invite as quick as possible, but I can wait for an invite. Not a big deal. Obviously would like a buy button a little more, but it also gives me the opportunity to really think if I should buy one or not, instead of just clicking that buy button.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Aquila likes this.
    07-28-2015 07:05 PM
  13. Aquila's Avatar
    A lot of the justification for the one plus invite system is that they were a new company with limited resources and unknown demand.

    Why isn't anyone pointing out they're owned by oppo? A not new or weak company with plenty of experience?

    It was a novel solution to a demand question on a novel idea. That's totally fine to test out. But IMO it should have been scrapped due to the massive displeasure it gave potential customers.


    M Dev Nexus 6 Assassin Edition. Gonfaloniere
    scgf and ectoren like this.
    07-28-2015 10:06 PM
  14. anon(9072051)'s Avatar
    Am I the only one that likes the invite system?
    God, I hope so.
    07-29-2015 11:27 AM
  15. bsanghani's Avatar
    I actually like the invite system. People complain when they order their phone, then have to wait up to eight weeks to actually get it (iPhone 6 anyone?). This way you don't have to give them your money until they are ready to get you one.

    Point is, people will complain no matter what. At least this way you keep your money a bit longer, and can just not order it if you find out it's a dog.
    A company like Oneplus who boasts their own customized ROM has very flawed and laughable reservation system for those who intend to get invite to purchase Oneplus 2.
    Just go to their invite page
    Scroll to the bottom of the page
    You will see reservation list.
    Enter your email and click "count me in"
    after some seconds s or any time per say, enter your same email again and click the button. It will still accept your email and allocate a position in the reservation list.
    How ridicules is this???
    This hypothetically means if you want higher percentage of getting invite just keep on entering your email as much as you want / can and then the system out of the pool will pick you up (remember your email will be there more number of times in the pool hence higher the change of you being picked up)..

    This was not expected by a want to be giant company.

    So SAD: mad:
    07-29-2015 04:55 PM
  16. mchockeyvette27's Avatar
    A company like Oneplus who boasts their own customized ROM has very flawed and laughable reservation system for those who intend to get invite to purchase Oneplus 2.
    Just go to their invite page
    Scroll to the bottom of the page
    You will see reservation list.
    Enter your email and click "count me in"
    after some seconds s or any time per say, enter your same email again and click the button. It will still accept your email and allocate a position in the reservation list.
    How ridicules is this???
    This hypothetically means if you want higher percentage of getting invite just keep on entering your email as much as you want / can and then the system out of the pool will pick you up (remember your email will be there more number of times in the pool hence higher the change of you being picked up)..

    This was not expected by a want to be giant company.

    So SAD: mad:
    That's not how it works....at all really.

    It's about how active you are in the forums and sharing the link you are given with others. The more people who click on your link to get to that same reservation page, the closer you get to an invite. It's not how many times you enter your email. You can enter your email again and again to check up on where you're reservation is at, but that doesn't change your place. That's why the twitter and Facebook links are there to share your unique link.

    Is it the best way to sell a phone? No, definitely not. But I've seen the activity and number of reservations climb steadily since its been opened. So its seemingly effective.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    07-29-2015 07:50 PM
  17. krazyatom's Avatar
    I really don't mind invite system. It's not like OP2 is must buy phone. I do want to support one plus one but they won't let me lol. I may pick up moto x or nexus 5/6 this year.

    Sent from my SM-G920T using Tapatalk
    07-30-2015 04:45 PM
  18. maccioli's Avatar
    Do I have any chance at this phone if I'm sitting at about 4300 on the reservation list?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    07-30-2015 06:03 PM
  19. mchockeyvette27's Avatar
    Do I have any chance at this phone if I'm sitting at about 4300 on the reservation list?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Probably. I'm at about 29k now. Idk how they're gonna factor how many of those reservations are gonna actually get invites and when they will. But I'm starting to wonder if they really did have a buy button, how many more people actually will buy the phone.
    Cause let's face it, as a tech junkie, I'm psyched to get my hands on this phone, but oneplus doesn't see that and won't give me an early invite to this phone since I don't spend 24/7 on the forums like others do. And I don't mind waiting for so long, but after what point am I gonna get tired of waiting?

    Long story short, they're definitely losing potential customers due to wait times vs having an instant buy.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    07-30-2015 08:33 PM
  20. maccioli's Avatar
    Same here. My Nex6 is great but want to see how the dedicated finger print button is, the notification toggle switch and little additions in their OS on top of Android....

    I've got $400 for them. You'd think they'd want it ASAP...??? Especially if the 2015 Nex5 is announced before my invite is sent and my $$ goes to the Nex..

    Posted via the Android Central App
    DamianP likes this.
    07-30-2015 09:21 PM
  21. mchockeyvette27's Avatar
    Same here. My Nex6 is great but want to see how the dedicated finger print button is, the notification toggle switch and little additions in their OS on top of Android....

    I've got $400 for them. You'd think they'd want it ASAP...??? Especially if the 2015 Nex5 is announced before my invite is sent...

    Posted via the Android Central App
    And that's what I'm waiting for too, is the next nexus. I've got my money ready for one or the other. And I'm pretty sure once you have an invite, you only get 24 hours to redeem it.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    07-30-2015 09:25 PM
  22. xocomaox's Avatar
    The Motorola Moto X Style is a better buy.
    Almeuit likes this.
    07-31-2015 10:06 AM
  23. ultravisitor's Avatar
    I actually like the invite system. People complain when they order their phone, then have to wait up to eight weeks to actually get it (iPhone 6 anyone?). This way you don't have to give them your money until they are ready to get you one.
    With an iPhone, even if I order one and it's on backorder, I will be guaranteed to get one.

    If I want a OnePlus phone, then I might not get the opportunity to order one for months--if ever.

    Why would I wait for an indefinite amount of time to see if I MIGHT have an opportunity to get a phone that I am interested in using?
    07-31-2015 04:16 PM
  24. ultravisitor's Avatar
    It is almost unneeded for the second time around, as there were nearly 400k people reserving an invite.
    Actually, the wait list is currently over one million.
    07-31-2015 04:20 PM
  25. gravage's Avatar
    I actually like the invite system. People complain when they order their phone, then have to wait up to eight weeks to actually get it (iPhone 6 anyone?). This way you don't have to give them your money until they are ready to get you one.

    Point is, people will complain no matter what. At least this way you keep your money a bit longer, and can just not order it if you find out it's a dog.
    You're forgetting the third option: You give them your money and get the phone RIGHT AWAY. Examples include: Alcatel Idol 3, Zenfone 2, Moto G 2015 and numerous other phones that have been released this year with a proper retail system. Clearly it can be done. They shouldn't even announce the phone until they have sufficient stock to have proper sales.

    No, it's not a good thing. It needs to die.
    07-31-2015 04:51 PM
46 12

Similar Threads

  1. Should I run for the new Moto G or is just the rush?
    By WP_290 in forum General News & Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-30-2015, 09:20 AM
  2. Moto X Play Specs
    By belodion in forum Moto X Play
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 07-28-2015, 04:04 PM
  3. Camera Lenses for the Note 4
    By jmagid51 in forum Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-28-2015, 03:36 PM
  4. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-28-2015, 10:20 AM
  5. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 07-28-2015, 09:55 AM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD