If there was one thing that really tripped people up on the OnePlus One it was the invitation system at the launch of the new “flagship killer” last year. Many people struggled to get an invite mostly because OnePlus themselves simply did not make a lot of the devices. As they clearly and openly state, we didn’t know how people would react to it. We had no clue how many people would actually want to buy it and had the challenge of managing our cash flow and inventory risk. The hope of course is that with the OnePlus 2, things are better.
Fast forward a year and we are just days away from the launch of the OnePlus 2. While the company expects to have 30-50 times the amount of inventory on the OnePlus 2 over what they had with the One, an invitation system will still be used. As I put in my article on why the OnePlus 2 must be a success for the company, the invitation system isn’t the greatest but I get why they do it. It’s better to have higher demand and low supply than the other way around.
For what we know so far about the OnePlus 2, be sure to check out my article outlining it to date.
In a post on the OnePlus blog, the company outlines some key changes they have made to the invitation system in an effort to avoid some of the challenges they had previous. Clearly the company is listening to fans, readers and tech writers and I for one think that the changes will certainly help smooth things out a bit.
In a nutshell, here are the highlights of the changes OnePlus is making for the OnePlus 2 invitation system.
- There will be 30-50x the amount of OnePlus 2 available at launch as there were on the One. The company is more confident that they will sell more units, something the were not sure of last
- There will be a reservation list that, while a second priority to those who are active on the OnePlus user forums, saves people the challenge (read: grief) of having to hang out on social media or the forums to wait for invites to be released.
- Like with the OnePlus One, when you buy a OnePlus 2, you get an invite to share. Unlike last time however, One Plus is promising that the invites will be far quicker in getting out to those you invite.
Obviously only time will tell if these changes work but it is clear that OnePlus is wanting to make the invite process on the OnePlus 2 better than it was on the One.
The OnePlus 2 will be announced on July 27th.