OnePlus announced that, beginning Friday, customers no longer need an invite to buy the OnePlus 2. The company has come under criticism for its use of an invite system – it even admitted it messed up launch – but it’s also how the firm manages to make sure that it creates an appropriate amount of units. Otherwise, it faces the possibility of sitting on a warehouse full of unsold smartphones that nobody wants, and which it already paid to manufacture.
“That’s right; you’ll never again need an invite to purchase the OnePlus 2,” OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei said. “We’re proud to be able to make the OnePlus 2 invite-free so soon and hope this will make getting your very own OnePlus 2 a cheerfully easy experience.” Pei said that the company is also offering a sale on some accessories for the holiday season.
OnePlus 2 StyleSwap cases are 50 percent off, for example, while all accessories are at least 10 percent off. Select OnePlus One accessories are discounted as much as 90 percent, in case you’re interested in picking up some gear for last year’s model.
Hit the source for Pei’s forum post announcing the news.
Update: The original article suggested the OnePlus 2 was available today without an invite. A press release clarified it will be available beginning Friday.