OnePlus One finally available to buy without an invite

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Yes, you read that correctly: Anyone can buy the OnePlus One right now, no invite required.

OnePlus is keeping it that way, finally bidding adieu to what it once described as its "beloved" invite system. But if the widespread availability of the One makes you nostalgic for the old ways of waiting your turn, don't worry. In a blog post OnePlus says the invite method will return for its follow-up OnePlus 2.  

OnePlus is also throwing in a 75 percent discount on its flip covers and screen protectors as part of the sale. You can also get a Bamboo cover, which also once required an invite, while supplies last.

The story behind the story: OnePlus flirted with tweaking its invite system before, getting rid of it during the holidays and trying out a Tuesday-only sales system.  OnePlus has justified it as a cost-savings move, but it's always felt like more of an effort at producing hype and a false sense of scarcity. 

We'll see if OnePlus is turning the corner and ready to be a grown-up OEM. Among its first-year woes were multiple late software updates, a falling out with Cyanogen, and a disastrous PR stunt.  Now that OnePlus's own Oxygen OS is in place and the company's selling its phone the way phones are normally sold, the next major step will be how it rolls out its follow-up phone. 

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