Fair to say that OnePlus has gained its swagger back with the OnePlus 3. The phone has been well appreciated and unlike the OnePlus 2, people actually are looking at buying the phone. However, one issue that has been perpetually bothering OnePlus has been the issue of inventory. The company has been very vocal in the past about the fact that being a startup, it cannot afford to have large stocks of unsold inventory and therefore is very careful when it comes to the demand-supply equation. OnePlus 3 was the first time the brand looked to have relaxed the muscles as it did away from the much-disliked invite system and put the phone out in the open sale.
According to OnePlus though, the demand has once again been higher than what they had anticipated, especially in Europe that the waiting period for getting the phone in hand has increased substantially. Such has been the demand that OnePlus has decided to temporarily stop selling the phone in select few countries so that the stocks are given enough time to replenish. The countries that will be affected are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Hong Kong. Starting from August 9th, all the way up to September 12th, if you are living in one of these countries, you would not be able to purchase the OnePlus 3.
However, if you have already placed the order before 9th of August, you would still receive the delivery. We only hope that something like this does not affect other countries, and OnePlus can ramp the production faster as there are very few devices in the market that can match the device In its price segment, you would think that perhaps the Xiaomi Mi5 would be the best alternative phone to pick up if you cannot get the OnePlus 3.