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OnePlus 2 available without an invitation, permanently

Starting December 5, you can buy the unlocked Android phone without worrying about needing an exclusive invitation.

OnePlus hangs up on the invitation system for the OnePlus 2.
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Come this Saturday, you'll be able to buy the OnePlus 2 smartphone without an invitation. On December 5, the company will totally dissolve the pesky protocol system that made the unlocked Android phone available only to those who had an invitation.

With global customers becoming more comfortable buying unlocked phones directly from vendors, the OnePlus offers an interesting alternative to phones like Google's Nexus line. However, the invitation-only system was criticized as a sales method to whip up fervor for the OnePlus phones (and also keep up with demand), but it backfired by making the handsets hard to get.

The move to permanently discard the invitation system follows the same path as the OnePlus One. According to OnePlus, purchases made before December 7 onward are guaranteed to arrive in time for a December 25 delivery.

Normally, OnePlus will still require an invitation to buy the newer OnePlus X phone, although a special holiday deal lets buyers purchase one without an invitation from December 5 through December 7. OnePlus will also discount some accessories as well.