OnePlus have responded to what seems to be a clear demand for the One in India.
An administrator responded on the OnePlus blog by giving a clear indication the One will eventually be available to buy in India. At launch (even though there was no official launch) the OnePlus One was only available in North America and Europe. However it now seems that India is one of the country’s most eager to purchase the device. According to the OnePlus blog India ranks eight in the world via traffic trying to obtain the device through the OnePlus site. If this is correct than this ranks India higher than a number of the countries the device was actually launched in.
It seems OnePlus did not anticipate such a demand from India and responded today by clearly announcing their intention to make sure the One does become available in the future. Until now Indian consumers have had to purchase the device indirectly through the US system, mailing to a US address and then having someone forward the device to India.
In spite of the clear acknowledgement of both the demand and wanting to satisfy the demand OnePlus did not actually offer any firm dates in terms of when the phone will become available. Instead the current post was simply an admission of both India’s interest and the company’s intention to eventually make the device available.
“Being such a young company, we also know that India is a huge challenge. We’re all about creating a great user experience from end to end. We understand that there are lots to learn, consider and set up before we can officially launch in this vast country”
The lack of firm dates won’t be what the Indian market would have wanted to hear however this may at least go some way to reassuring this emerging market that the device will (at some point) be on its way. However, most potential buyers (both in India and elsewhere) will have to get past the notorious and highly unsuccessful invite system before they worry about shipping addresses.
To read the blog in full head over to the OnePlus thread