May 02 AT 12:37 PM Alex Wagner 8 Comments

OnePlus ‘Smash the Past’ winners now have option to donate their devices


OnePlus’s “Smash the Past” contest officially wrapped up today, and in addition to revealing how many people applied for the promotion, OnePlus has also altered the program slightly.

OnePlus has announced that it’s adding a new option to its Smash the Past promo that will allow winners to donate their smartphone rather than destroying it. Originally, the contest called for 100 applicants to smash their smartphone in exchange for the ability to buy a OnePlus One for $1. Now OnePlus says that those winners will also have the option of donating their device to Medic Mobile, a nonprofit that gives phones to healthcare works around the globe.

OnePlus spent the months leading up to the One’s debut by trickling out its spec details to help build hype for the device, so it’s no surprise that the company came up with a unique contest for consumers to buy the One. The original Smash the Past promo caught quite a bit of flak, though, with many suggesting that winners could do something much more useful (and more safe) with their old phone instead of smashing it. It’s nice to see that OnePlus took that criticism to heart, and hopefully the Smash the Past winners decide to donate their devices instead of destroying them.

Along with this new Smash the Past donate option, OnePlus also dropped a few interesting tidbits about the promo. The company says that more than 140,000 people applied to smash their phones and that some of the more creative destruction methods that were suggested by users include using a flamethrower on the device, throwing ninja starts at it or cooking it with spaghetti bolognese.

Did any of you apply to the Smash the Past promo?

Via: Android Central

Source: OnePlus

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  • Billy

    Good for them on changing the rules. I didn’t sign-up because I wasn’t going to smash my N5. I might have opted to donate the phone though if that had been an option from the start.

    • donger

      Yeah right.

  • Nathan Ramojal

    This is great.

  • Rams

    Better to donate than to smash….!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • steve

    If people want to smash their phone, who is anybody to say anything? There is actually real problems in the world. A smash phone means nothing

    • charlie88

      True, there are real problems like poverty, starvation and a need for healthcare in pretty much every single third world country (and nowadays even first world countries). So then it’s rather ridiculous for a company to promote the smashing of (expensive and perfectly good) phones so that you can give out another 300 dollars on a new phone.

      That’s just grotesque. It’s a waste of resources. The phone could’ve easily been reused (by someone less fortunate) or sold and the money used in a way to actually help resolve some of the real problems you mention.

  • Anonymous

    Darn! And I was coming up with all these crazy ideas of buying a broken one and switching it out with the good one during the video for nothing!

  • Filip Schlatter

    Ultimately it is your phone, so do what you wish but, as an old saying goes just edited for this post. “It is not how well your phone is liked but is how well your phone is remembered.”