OnePlus is not considered as a trustworthy brand in Nepal when it comes to smartphones. Considering the recent behavior, it seems that purchasing OnePlus 3 could prove to be a blunder for most of the people. The official distributor of the OnePlus smartphone in Nepal – iHub Pvt. Ltd announced that the OnePlus 3 will be available from 27th July, however, they delayed it to 29th of July. While the company has already started taking orders through online site Kaymu and Oliz Store, they recently announced on their Facebook page that the availability of OnePlus 3 has once again been delayed due to an unspecified reason and will be available from August 1 only.
Such recent activities have made me dubious about the stature of the distributor of OnePlus phones in Nepal. To make things worse, the company mentioned that they have just two service centers in Nepal that too located in Kathmandu valley only. So the situation will only get worse for people living outside Kathmandu valley. With brands like Samsung and Huawei providing an impressive after sales service through their service centers spread across Nepal, people purchasing OnePlus 3 could be in a hindered situation if their phone gets damaged or fried up.
Although the price of OnePlus 3 smartphone in Nepal seems reasonable for us, it’s ridiculously priced higher than what it costs in the international market. In case you are wondering, OnePlus themselves has not been distributing smartphones in Nepal so, alongside poor service, the accessories and parts of the phone will cost higher in comparison to other brands like Samsung and Huawei, which has been providing components to its users at a reasonable price. It has been reported that people are even being charged over Rs. 17,000 for replacing the screen of OnePlus X, which is an outrageous price since the whole phone cost Rs.27,000 only. Bear in mind that the original accessories of OnePlus phones are rarely available in the market of Nepal, which can be a major problem considering your time and money.
Since brands like Samsung and Huawei equally offers excellent after sales service across Nepal, it makes no-brainer for people to opt-in for their smartphones. Bearing all the criticism in mind, it’s not that we hate OnePlus 3, it’s the management and service we are worried about. That being said, OnePlus 3 is still an awesome device (especially in this price range) and boasts all the quality to compete for head to head against the likes of Samsung and Huawei in Nepal. The only thing it lacks behind is its service, which we hope will be addressed soon. Although, if you have enough cash to shell out then we won’t hesitate to recommend you to pick in smartphones from Samsung (Galaxy S7) and Huawei (P9) which you won’t regret