Back in August, when they were about to launch the OnePlus Two, the 2016 flagship killer which turned out be merely be a 2014 kind-of-flagship, they launched a waiting list. You can subscribe to this list and every time an invite is left unused, it’s sent to the next person on the list.
The list quickly grew to hundreds of thousands of people, but there was one catch: you could get higher on the list if someone else subscribed to the list with a URL you shared. All you needed to subscribe was a unique email address.
If you own a domain, you can set up a catch all address so that everything @yourdomain.tld arrives in your mailbox. And if you have a Gmail account, everything with firstname.lastname@example.org arrives in your mailbox. So most people actually have an infinite amount of email addresses.
As I was interested in buying a OnePlus Two at the time, I subscribed with my email address and used about 100 other email addresses to get myself higher on the list. As this trick was mentioned a lot on Reddit, I figured OnePlus would have fixed this bug in their invite system somehow.
Turns out, they didn’t. A few days ago, I started receiving tens of invites for a OnePlus Two. There was another catch: you can only use these invites with the address you used for the waiting list. It’s impossible to share the invites.
I’m not buying a OnePlus Two after reading about the OnePlus service horror stories. Also, it really isn’t a flagship killer. It’s just a mid-budget smartphone like any other. You can get a way better smartphone for your money with the Moto X Play (Europe) or the Nexus 5X (US).