Under digital India plan, came here Freedom 251 mobile, world's cheapest mobile worth just $4 (Rs 251). But the behind bells of this creepy offer will make you to say NO to Freedom 251.
This is the new company and Company’s website is just 4-5 months old which started in September 2015 and ‘Freedom.com’ address has been purchased by this month only. Message also reads, ‘company is claiming to sell the phone in just Rs 251’.
Some noted media channels has investigated the matter and come up with the facts that company is new and its a 4-5 months old startup.
It is said in the viral message that Ringing Bell is the only company which sold a smartphone ‘Smart 101’ for Rs 2,999 and customers could not even get the confirmation after the amount paid online.And while we searching behind this came out with the facts that phone was sold online. While searching online, there were large number of customers found who still are waiting for phone’s delivery and registering their online complain.
The company, set up five months ago by Amity University graduate Mohit Kumar Goel, launched the device yesterday. It went up for sale today morning at 6am but given the huge interest in the ultra-low cost smartphone, the company's website crashed.The company says they got crores of request and they are giving 25 lakhs peoples phone in 4 months. We dont know when this crores of peoples got time to book mobile, because all time the official website was not responding.
After hogging limelight as the world's cheapest smartphone, the-Rs 251 phone is now in the midst of a controversy with analysts alleging that its maker Ringing Bells has merely rebranded a device by its rival, Adcom.
Indian Cellular Association(ICA) has written to Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad requesting him to get into depth of the issue, saying the price could not be below Rs 3,500 even after a subsidized sale. Ringing Bells, on its part, said the manufacturing cost of the phone is about Rs 2,500, which will be recovered through a series of measures like economies of scale, innovative marketing, reduction in duties and creating an e-commerce marketplace
If some reports are to be believed then the Noida office was deserted and didn’t even have the Ringing Bells banner, instead it was named Bell.
The company also says that they will allow other companies to use their website as a selling platform. If you have visited the 251 Freedom site, I wouldn’t even have to get into details about how they could possibly manage it. Moreover, that’s a really tall claim for a company whose site crashed even before it started taking its first booking order for the Freedom 251.
The Telecom Ministry is believed to have sought clarification from Ringing Bells for marketing its ‘Freedom251’ mobile phone without BIS certification and have asked UP government to check its credentials
The device says it’s a ‘Made in India’ project, but clearly there is no doubt now that it is the same Adcom Ikon 4 being sold on Flipkart at almost 16X times the price at Rs 4,081. Lastly, the device has not been BIS certified. In fact, it is not even listed, points out another report. So, how can we be so sure it is safe to use and adheres to the standards like radiation and so on, that are required for the Indian market. The Indian Cellular Association (ICA) is also known to have raised its concerns.
And at last but not least, is it really need a smartphone in hand of peoples all over india, the country where 20% peoples don't have food to eat. In 2012, the Indian government stated 21.9% of its population is below its official poverty limit. The World Bank, in 2011 based on 2005's PPPs International Comparison Program, estimated 23.6% of Indian population, or about 276 million people, lived below $1.25 per day on purchasing power parity.