OnePlus – A Brief History

May 8th, 2018 / Darcy Patko / 0 comments

At GoMobile Repair, we fix just about anything. iPhone screen cracked? We got you. Android boot looping like mad? No problem. That super cool OnePlus cell phone you ordered online? We cover that, too!

OnePlus started in 2013 in China with the goal to design a smartphone that would balance high-end quality with a lower price. They were so certain that they could deliver that they started aggressively advertising their device before it was even out. Even bolder, they compared it directly to seasoned companies like Samsung and Apple. They had wild (and controversial) contests to win a phone. You had to be invited to purchase a phone, you couldn’t just go in and buy it. OnePlus was creating mad hype around their not-yet-released phone.

OnePlus’ first product, the OnePlus One, or the “Flagship Killer”, was released in 2014 and shocked everyone when they were able to deliver on their bravado. Reviews were coming in and while it wasn’t a perfect device, they proved themselves to be a contender to the usual heavyweights. And at a fraction of the cost – the OnePlus was priced at $299 USD and $349 USD for the 16 GB and 64 GB models.

Now, if you’re thinking this company is too good to be true, you’re right in some sense. Aside from the contest controversy, they have not been without their hiccups. Customers claimed that getting through to customer service was a nightmare and there have been other claims that warranties were not being honoured. It’s fair to say that they’re still working some kinks out.

They’re motto is “Never Settle” and they’re all set to release a eighth version of their phone, the OnePlus 6 on May 16, 2018. Unfortunately, this phone, like all OnePlus devices, aren’t available in store. Yet. But it looks like enough of you have been able to get your hands on them because we’ve been repairing them like crazy!

Repairs! That leads us to another strong advantage of the OnePlus phones. Because they’re inexpensive, they’re also cheaper to repair than most Android and some iPhones. In fact, most repairs at GoMobile for the OnePlus are $99-$125. So, if you’ve managed to get your hands on one of these sought after devices, bookmark this page should you ever need a date with a repair shop. We can be your plus one!

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