OnePlus revealed yesterday that it would finally end the invite system for the OnePlus One and start selling the phone directly to anyone interested in buying one (pun unintended), and the Chinese upstart is now making another important announcement in the form of its first carrier partnership.
Malaysian carrier Maxis will start selling the OnePlus One through its online and retail stores from April 22nd. Only the 64GB variant will be available, and it will be priced slightly lower than the $349 price tag the One carries in other markets since it was launched last year, with contract pricing starting at RM859 and the unlocked variant to cost RM1199.
Some might think that it is too late for OnePlus to be adopting an open sales model, but there’s no denying that the OnePlus One is still among the best smartphones available at under $350. There’s no telling if the OnePlus 2 – set to be launched later this year – will be similarly available without any irritating invite system attached to it, but it is great to see prospective consumers have a simpler route towards buying the so-called “flagship killer”.
Let’s see how this change in the selling process would reflect in terms of sales for the company in the coming future.