Is OnePlus a smartphone company with an image problem? Use of an invite-only sales strategy may have allowed OnePlus to sell phones when it might not have otherwise been able to, and while the invite situation is dramatically improved now compared to twenty months ago, is the manufacturer’s reputation as a company whose phones are difficult to get your hands on continuing to harm it? We’ve recently seen OnePlus take some big steps to start smoothing things over, including dropping the invite requirement for the OnePlus 2 and offering shoppers free standard shipping. But now a new stunt absolutely takes the cake, as OnePlus hooks up with the concierge service Henchman to offer shoppers in London smartphone delivery within an hour – or it’s free.
Not only is the invite-free OnePlus 2 part of this offer, but OnePlus is also making available a limited number of no-invite OnePlus X handsets. Everyone will get an extra OnePlus free gift with their order, and a couple lucky shoppers will score free upgrades – either in the form of a OnePlus 2 gift bag or a OnePlus X ceramic edition.
What’s this service going to run you? Well, Henchman usually charges a 10% handling fee, in addition to a delivery fee of of £2 to £6, but this special deal with OnePlus gives shoppers free delivery. And if Henchman runs into a snag and your order takes more than an hour to show up, the phone is yours, free.
Beyond the geographical constraint of the central-London-only delivery area, OnePlus and Henchman are offering this deal for one day and one day only: tomorrow, January 21. So while this isn’t something designed to connect shoppers with their phones faster over the long term, it still sounds like a pretty cool offer.
Any OnePlus fans in London tempted to buy a new phone tomorrow?