Mumbai, June 15: Ringing Bells, the Noida-based company which introduced smartphone called Freedom 251 priced at Rs 251, announced that deliveries of one of the cheapest smartphone will begin from June 28. Freedom 251 is set to be delivered to the first 30,000 customers from June 28. Mohit Goel, CEO of Ringing Bells, said that company will start shipping Freedom 251 from June 28 in cash-on-delivery (COD) mode to those who had pre-booked the device. Also Read - Cheapest smartphone maker among 3 held for 'extortion'
The beginning: Ringing Bells shot into fame after it launched Freedom 251 smartphone priced at Rs 251 in February this year. Freedom 251 was touted as the world’s cheapest smartphone. Buyers went crazy for the smartphone with unbelievable price. However the Freedom251.com site crashed several times during the online sale, the company received 3.70 crore registrations on Day 1 and 2.47 crore on Day 2. (ALSO READ: Docoss X1 at Rs 888 on www.docoss.com: Another Freedom 251 like scam in making?) Also Read - 'Freedom 251' Maker Ringing Bells Founder Mohit Goel Arrested For Extorting Money in Lieu of Settling Rape Case
Controversies: Although Freedom 251 spread like wild fire among Indians during its sale, the smartphone came under immediate criticisms over its quality. Initially, Ringing Bells distributed some “prototypes” of the Freedom 251 to the media which turned out to be handsets from another domestic handset maker Adcom. There were allegations that the company had showcased a rival company, Adcom’s handset, as its own. Also, the icons on the device looked similar to that of global technology giant, Apple. Adcom threatened legal action, but Ringing Bells refuted charges. Also Read - 'Freedom 251' fraud: Police hunt for other directors
Income tax department officials also grilled Ringing Bells’ president Ashok Chavan and promoter Mohit Goel to know about the newly launched smartphone. BJP leader Kirit Somaiya also asked the government to set up a government to look into the matter. Doubts were also raised after assessments of the handset’s viability concluded that such a device cannot be offered for less than Rs 2,300-2,400.
Features and Specifications: Freedom 251 Android smartphone runs on Android 5.1 (i.e. Android Lollipop) Operating System (OS). The smartphone comes with a 4-inch qHD display and is powered by a Qualcomm 1.3-GHz quad-core processor. It has 1 GB RAM, 8 GB storage system and supports expandable memory upto 32 GB. It also features a 3.2 MP Rear camera and a 0.3 MP front camera and packs in a 1450 mAh battery.