Freedom 251 mobile: Price tag of Rs 251 still haunts Ringing Bells, freedom251.com crashes again
Freedom 251 mobile: A day after promising to restore Freedom 251 mobile booking services for the masses to book the world’s cheapest “Make in India” smartphone, the Ringing Bells website freedom251.com continued its poor run on Friday as people faced trouble in pre-ordering the Rs 251 (less that $4) device.
Freedom 251 mobile: A day after promising to restore Freedom 251 mobile booking services for the masses to book the world's cheapest "Make in India" smartphone, the Ringing Bells website freedom251.com continued its poor run on Friday as people faced trouble in pre-ordering the Rs 251 (less that $4) device.
Freedom 251 mobile: Already mired in controversy over its similarity to Apple iPhone design and appearance and now the Indian government keeping a close watch on its four-day booking offer that started from 6 a.m. on Thursday, the Noida-based startup Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd claimed to have received 30,000 confirmed orders and over six lakh hits per second on its website on the first day.
Freedom 251 mobile: “Yes, there was a visit from excise department and Income Tax Department. Since we are planning to achieve milestones under Make in India, Skill India and Startup India. They issued us some guidelines for future and extended full support and cooperation,” Ringing Bells President Ashok Chaddha said in a statement. Also under scanner would be exactly how much of truth there is in the company's promise of the mobile phone being a 'Make In India' product. The actual component rate has not been explained.
Freedom 251 mobile: Ringing Bells is also charging a shipping charge of Rs.40, taking the total price of the phone to Rs.291. The company promises to deliver the device after four month by June 30. Sanju, a parking attendant in Kirti Nagar in West Delhi also booked the ultra-cheap smartphone in the wee hours on Friday. "I woke up at 4 a.m. to get one phone booked, finally," he said. Meanwhile, another Noida resident Pankaj said he was trying to book a phone but later decided to suspend his efforts owing to website issues.
Freedom 251 mobile: The much-hyped launch of the world's cheapest smartphone "Freedom 251" was thrown into disarray on Thursday as there was utter chaos at the company's Noida-based head office besides reports of copyright infringements. Amid the company's claims that it has got 30,000 orders on the first day, the calls to the executives went unanswered on Friday as well. The Indian Cellular Association has written to the telecom ministry, urging the government to get to the bottom of the issue as selling a smartphone this cheap is well-nigh impossible.
Freedom 251 mobile: "Freedom 251" claims to have an Android 5.1 operating system, a 4-inch qHD IPS display, a 3.2-megapixel primary and a 0.3-megapixel front camera. The device also claims to have 3G connectivity, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory and supports external memory cards of up to 32GB. To power "Freedom 251", the company has put a 1,450mAh battery and claims to have a service network of 650 centres across India.