OnePlus may have gotten on the wrong side of certain smartphone shoppers with its unconventional invite-based sales, but we’ve come a long way since those early days. While the OnePlus X may still find itself in invite territory, the OnePlus 2 has moved on to greener pastures, and its sales have been invite-free since last month. Heck, even the OnePlus X situation isn’t as bad as it could have been, and once a week you have the chance to buy even that model without an invite; is OnePlus turning over a new leaf? Well, invites may not be gone for good just yet, but the company is now taking another step to make shopping with it a little more pleasant, offering free shipping on many orders.
Spend more than $100 at the company’s website (the cutoff will vary by nation – see source link for full details) and OnePlus will foot the bill on standard shipping – so, basically free shipping with any smartphone, or on any order of more than a few accessories.
If you need your order to arrive a little more swiftly, OnePlus is also discounting its prices on priority shipping, for orders hitting those same price targets.
OnePlus describes the change as one it feels it has to take to remain competitive in a world where the bigger players often have free shipping deals of their own. The company seems pretty aware of how it’s already asking more from its shoppers than a lot of its peers do, and even a small effort like this to give a little back is well appreciated.
Finally, OnePlus promises it has “plenty of new offers” in the works for later this year, but we’ll just have to keep waiting for those details.