Wow, looks like we've ruffled a few feathers in our bid to bring OnePlus to Australia.
Let me start by saying that we’ve seen countless third parties selling the OnePlus family in Australia, but no dedicated distributor supporting the local market. As such we started this site as part of a bid with OnePlus to build a partnership and support the demand in Australia. In fact we've also offered OnePlus additional investment to make their handsets Australia-ready.
We're committed to bringing OnePlus down-under, so let's clear a few things up...
"The site’s operator is using the OnePlus name without permission."
You're right, we are using the OnePlus name. We're here to bring OnePlus to Australia, so we're going to say 'OnePlus' a lot - I'm not sure what other name we could use. Right now we're making some changes to the site to make sure it's even clearer that we're not OnePlus.
"The website appears to hosted on a free hosting platform named weebly."
You're right, Weebly has some free packages, just like Wordpress, Wix, Drupal, Squarespace and a host of other website builders. We could have dropped a few thousand dollars on some professional custom site development, but there's no point doing that until OnePlus accepts our proposal.
"You should probably be a little careful with the information you submit."
I have to agree there. You should always be careful with the information you submit online.
"C&D Comin Up" - twitter comment from Carl Pei
We've been particularly careful to avoid using any copyright material. We respect OnePlus as much as anyone, and won't be doing anything further without their permission. Should a C&D come our way, we'll respectfully comply.
That being said, we've taken our own photos and haven't used any of the OnePlus logos or images freely available for download on the OnePlus site.
"The website is extremely misleading in order to try and collect email addresses."
Thanks for the feedback. We tried to be as clear as possible, and certainly don't want to mislead anyone. We'll makes some further changes to make our objectives clear.
So why are we asking for email addresses? We've started talking to OnePlus, and we want to show them there's a ton of interest here in Australia. We also want to let you know when we've secured a deal with OnePlus, so you can get your hands on a OnePlus handset, locally supported and fully covered under an Australian warranty.
Please, don't leave an email address if you don't want to.
"This is something they should display on the front page."
While it's not on the front page, we've moved the About Us to a more prominent position in the menu bar. We'll add some more details on the front page as well.
"Whoever made it was able to snag an otherwise-legitimate URL."
We're here to bring OnePlus to Australia, and oneplus.com.au was available. The Australian Domain Name Registry is pretty clear on the rules here, and as an Australian business, only interested in bringing OnePlus to Australia, we fit those rules.
That being said, we're not here to step on anyone's toes - if our bid to bring OnePlus to Australia fails, and OnePlus come here on their own accord, we're quite happy to hand it over to OnePlus for their own use.
We're still committed to bringing OnePlus to Australia, and if you're willing to support us, let us know in the comments.