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OnePlus One Sales Ban Temporarily Lifted in India

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The sales ban imposed on the OnePlus One in India thanks to its CyanogenMod software has been lifted by the Delhi High Court. The popular smartphone can now be imported and sold again immediately — but only until a new ruling is made by a different judge on Wednesday, January 7.

The One was banned in India earlier this month for infringing upon an exclusive agreement between local manufacturer Micromax and software maker Cyanogen, Inc., which prevents third-parties from distributing devices with CyanogenMod pre-installed or Cyanogen branding in India.

Of course, the OnePlus One does both; it ships with CM 11S, a slightly modified version of CM 11, and it has a Cyanogen logo on its back. As a result, the Delhi High Court ruled that the device could not be sold or advertised in India until the branding was removed and its software changed.

Now that decision has been reversed. The court changed its mind after Micromax launched its first smartphone with CyanogenMod — the Yureka.

It “would not be a case to grant an ad interim injunction, for the reason we were informed that mobile devices launched in India by Micromax are sold at around Rs 8,000 per piece and that by OnePlus at around Rs 22,000 per piece,” the court stated. “The consumer of one product is mid-segment and of the other is high-end and thus prima-facie neither competes nor eats into territory of other.”

This isn’t the end of this particular fiasco, however. Judges have asked both Cyanogen, Inc. and OnePlus to submit written statements detailing their stances within two weeks, before yet another ruling is made by the Delhi High Court — this time by a new judge — on January 7.

Consumers in India now have an extra couple of weeks to purchase the OnePlus One, then, before a potential second ban. The device is sold exclusively through Amazon.in, but new stock isn’t expected until next Sunday, January 4.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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