Tuesday , June 5 2018

POLL: OnePlus 3 won’t be sold into Australia. Would you buy one locally if you could?

It’s really no secret that you can’t buy a OnePlus 3 here; the company’s popular Android handsets have never been sold here, despite their popularity, and so there’s little surprise that the OnePlus 3 won’t be officially sold here either.

We say that’s a real shame. While the phone isn’t perfectly suited to use here, it would nonetheless work fairly well with most of our major networks, except for the fact that you just can’t buy one.

We think OnePlus should stop ignoring the Australian market, and realise that we have a major enthusiast market here, which would likely clamour for the OnePlus 3 if they’d actually sell it. We’ve investigated this before, and were sent some incomprehensible marketing kit about the possibility of selling the OnePlus. Frankly, if that’s the approach for potential country partners, it’s little wonder there’s no local retail channel. Putting up barriers like that is a good way to see a market like ours ignore your product for others.

Let’s do some blue-sky thinking.

What if OnePlus 3 was available locally? What if it shipped from Sydney? What if the pricing were reasonable, and you could buy it from someone you know and trust? What if a limited number were sold on the Ausdroid Shop?

Would you buy one?

Let us know with the poll below, and in the comments with your discussion. We want to share this with OnePlus and make the case for never settling for ignoring the Australian market.


Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.


  1. I’d get it for use with my Vodafone sim card. Could replace my nexus 6p which I’ve been a bit disappointed with.

  2. never had any problems with optus on my OP2, I guess it depends where you live (I’m in vic)

  3. I’m happy with my OnePlus One on Band 3 with Telstra (Boost). The OnePlus 2 wasn’t of any interest to me but, if I didn’t have to pay more than $500, I’d seriously consider getting the 3. If I could get it via Ausdroid, I’d be even more likely to take the jump.

  4. Memory management akin to an elephant who doesn’t remember what he had as feed today. The price seems good for the specs until you discover attention to detail and refinement is not included in the box. The problem is you can’t really buy that as an accessory afterwards…

  5. Band support is the issue

  6. Too big, too low a resolution (daydream means it needs to be 1440p+), no microSD, no Qi charging, only 3000mAH battery, slow OS updates, and above all …

    no proper band support and still overpriced.

    It’s a commodity item, there’s nothing special about it (and 6GB is pointless). That means the price should have been going down, not up. And I still can’t understand why phone manufacturers continue to miss the key points people look for.

    Let’s face it, with the way its not selling, the LG G5 will be this price soon.

  7. If they made a version that supports all the Australian network bands I would seriously consider it along with the next Nexus phone.

  8. Not interested. It’s too big

  9. They lost me with the first one and their ridiculous “Invite” system. I have better things to do with my time than disappoint myself needlessly. Not to mention the issues they have had “hardware/software wise”. Really, established companies have viable choices which I can walk straight into a shop and walk out with one working in my hand RIGHT NOW. I have also heard there are some issues with Australian 3G/4G coverage with these units? Not sure , but also don’t care.

  10. Definitely would; as long as there was some kind of warrenty or returns if there’s a fault.
    LTE doesn’t worry me in the slightest.

  11. I
    would. Sold my Oneplus One last week with the intention of buying the
    Oneplus 3. Generally happy when specs announced during launch At
    slightly above AUD600, its not exactly cheap but I wouldn’t mind. BUT
    getting one still involves jumping through hoops. Last night, I bought a
    brand new Samsung Galaxy S7 for $680. Yeap, arguably the flagship
    Oneplus wanna kill.

  12. Resident TL Snitcher

    Yea i aint spending 600 on a phone that doesn’t fully support Australian 4G

  13. If you guys were an official stockist than I’d definitely but it from you (providing there’s not much Australia tax). Although I’d love complete LTE band support, I’d rather just get a distributor in Australia first. At least you’d have some warranty support and local news. I wonder what the market currently is in Australia. 1000+ sales?

  14. What happens with warranty/after sales support?

  15. I need the phone to work on our bands. Do we know if it covers our Optus 4g, Telstra 4g bands??

  16. I think most people that are interested in buying one would much rather buy locally rather than buying one from another country and using a freight forwarder. I guess it all depends on the price too as if it’s over $600 then for not much more you can pick up an S7 edge or similar on eBay or Gumtree.

  17. The main issue for me is the cost. I won’t pay $600 for it. I might pay $500. I don’t need 6GB and early reports suggest the camera isn’t flagship quality. That’s why I’ll get the ZenFone 3 instead – midrange specs, with excellent build quality for around $350.

  18. The biggest issue is that it does not support the 700mhz band, if it did and available locally I would definitely upgrade to one.

  19. I had the first and second and they were ok. However due to not being available in Aus after all this time not interested.

  20. If it was reasonably priced locally, supported all our LTE bands and could be bought in stores and online directly from them, I’d definitely consider it.

    As it stands, no… Too many hoops to jump through.

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