The OnePlus X is now invite-free. If you want to buy the 5-inch smartphone, you'll no longer need to go through a byzantine invitation system, beg your friends, or ask random Internet strangers for referrals. You can just go buy one.
If you're a fan or follower of OnePlus, the company's move probably feels a bit more sudden than normal. That's because it is.
"We're extremely excited to be making the OnePlus X invite-free more quickly this time around," reads a blog post from OnePlus. "With every device we release, we grow more mature and more adept at handling the demands and expectations of our community. We largely owe our success to your unrelenting support, so we hope that this development will make the process of purchasing your very own OnePlus X as smooth and effortless as it can possibly be."
"It's been almost two years since the OnePlus One saw the light of day, firmly putting our fledgling mobile start-up on the map," OnePlus said. "The invite system was integral to our approach at the time, allowing us to scale our operations, while giving fans an engaging way to get involved with the product.
"One year, some successes, and the occasional bump in the road later, we were able to make the OnePlus One available for purchase without an invite."
The OnePlus 2 went invite-free in December, four months after its release. It took about a year for the OnePlus One to be available without an invite.
The OnePlus X is on sale now for $249, with optional bamboo, karbon, black apricot, rosewood, or sandstone covers that increase the price to $267 to $324, depending on which one you select. Protection plans also range in price from $20 for one year to $80 for two years. The OnePlus 2 starts at $389.