How to waste your day trying to buy the Freedom 251

Ringing Bells Freedom 251 sure seems too good to be true, but it also seems a hard one to get hold of at the moment.

Written by Hansa Verma | New Delhi | Updated: February 22, 2016 11:42 am
freedom 251, freedom, freedom 251 mobile booking online, freedom mobile, freedom 251 mobile, freedom 251 buy online, ringing bells, ringing bells freedom 251, ringing bells mobile, smartphone, technology, technology news Interestingly, the booking limit of number of units of Ringing Bells Freedom 251, which was unlimited until yesterday has been cut to just one per user now.

Freedom 251, the smartphone from Ringing Bells, is what everyone in India has on their purchase list at the moment. But it’s anything but easy to get hold of the world’s cheapest smartphone. I guess, I am just another of those million Indians, who have been trying unsuccessfully to buy the smartphone on http://www.freedom251.com.

After hours of hitting buy and ending up on a blank screen, I am not sure how many people will actually end up with one of these smartphones in their hands by June 30, the day when the company promises to complete all deliveries. While there are few people, even some friends, who managed to book their Freedom 251 after several hours of tracking the website and trying repeatedly, most were unlucky in pleasing the smartphone gods of Noida.

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The first time that I opened the Tricolour touting website, I was has happy to see the big, green ‘Buy Now’ button and was sure that I’ll book Freedom 251 in my first attempt. But pretty soon, my attempts turned into an ordeal as I kept trying and failing each time. The website just refused to take me to the the payment gateway despite filling in the details. In fact, on many occasions, the site refused to open and a blank page stared at me through the computer screen.

Also Read: Ringing Bells Freedom 251 booking, price and more: Here’s all you need to know 

Interestingly, the booking limit of number of units of Freedom 251, which was unlimited until yesterday has been cut to just one per user now. This basically means that only 1 unit of Freedom 251 smartphone can be booked by a user and that whatever bookings that came in on Thursday has overwhelmed the company. One will need to register through a different e-mail id in order to book more than one Freedom 251.

freedom 251, freedom, freedom 251 mobile booking online, freedom mobile, freedom 251 mobile, freedom 251 buy online, ringing bells, ringing bells freedom 251, ringing bells mobile, smartphone, technology, technology news In fact, on many occasions, the Ringing Bells Freedom 251 site refused to open and a blank page stared at me through the computer screen.

Must Read: Freedom 251: Why the phone at Rs 251 is not ringing a bell for everyone 

From those who have been able to book, it’s now clear that the company has stopped taking payments and will be accepting the Rs 291 per user (Rs 251 + Rs 40 for delivery) only 48 hours later.

All that is immaterial for me, though as I have not made much progress on the site. The next logical thing seemed to call their customer support numbers. Well, I tried that too but couldn’t get through despite repeated attempts.

The smartphone sure seems too good to be true, but it also seems a hard one to get hold of at the moment.

Why the frenzy?

The Freedom 251 at just Rs 251 promises exceptional features on paper. The smartphone is 3G-enabled and features a 4-inch WVGA resolution display. It is powered by a 1.3 Ghz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB RAM, 8GB total storage space and sports a 3.2 megapixel camera on the back. It will have 0.3 megapixel camera on the front and has a 1450 mAh battery.

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First Published on: February 19, 2016 4:33 pm
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    Sajeesh
    Feb 19, 2016 at 4:50 pm
    Please give me a 251smartphone
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      Shivam Khare
      Feb 20, 2016 at 11:33 am
      you just needed to hit the refresh numerous times :P
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        gm
        Feb 19, 2016 at 2:35 pm
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          Arun
          Feb 20, 2016 at 7:21 am
          Mobile
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            Bharath
            Feb 19, 2016 at 12:06 pm
            Buying the freedom 251
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              shubham singh
              Feb 20, 2016 at 3:29 pm
              nice
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                chhotu yadav
                Feb 20, 2016 at 3:07 pm
                Sir please give me 2 mobile my number 7738232446
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                  fairoz
                  Feb 20, 2016 at 11:29 am
                  Opinean
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                    suresh krishnan
                    Feb 21, 2016 at 4:33 am
                    u all bleady morons and s....dont fall for this...its a clear con game....FEKU's FAKE in India...not Make in India...use ur F#$KING brain...#OLES....u all r wasting ur hard earned money...no one will give u even a mid size pizza for 250...and a smart phone for 250...cant u c...s...just look at the office ...its in some shady joint in a small rented place in a corner of NOIDA...can the co even mfg 10 lac phone in a year...forget crores....delivery of 10 lac phone in one year means....making aprox 2800 phones in a day....i.e.....2 phones every 1 minute... and the co has received booking for 7 crore phones....guess how many years it will take to deliver 7 crore phones even if they mfg 2 phones per minute ??? arey budu logon...itney speed mey to siraf toffee ban sakta hai...automatic plant mey....mobile baney ga kya ? This will be another big SCAM of BJP led govt....pls dont waste ur hard earned money...s...wake up....
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                      ABHISHEK LOKAL
                      Feb 20, 2016 at 1:45 pm
                      AL
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                        ABHISHEK LOKAL
                        Feb 20, 2016 at 1:48 pm
                        euuuuu
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                          ABHISHEK LOKAL
                          Feb 20, 2016 at 1:48 pm
                          nace
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                            ABHISHEK LOKAL
                            Feb 20, 2016 at 1:47 pm
                            nace hand sate
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                              ABHISHEK LOKAL
                              Feb 20, 2016 at 1:48 pm
                              so nace
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                                ABHISHEK LOKAL
                                Feb 20, 2016 at 1:46 pm
                                waiting for hand sate
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                                  ABHISHEK LOKAL
                                  Feb 20, 2016 at 1:55 pm
                                  8551865338
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                                    Abhay chauhan
                                    Feb 21, 2016 at 1:04 am
                                    Dear s team I have required two freedom251 do plz booked for because we don't, got buy now or ragisterd option on site....
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                                      Abhay chauhan
                                      Feb 21, 2016 at 1:08 am
                                      Plz my address is bada Kuan water pump no 2 rajokari new Dehli near by panchayat ghar-110038
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                                        Abhishek Singh
                                        Feb 20, 2016 at 6:59 pm
                                        9795032599
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                                          Akash m
                                          Feb 20, 2016 at 2:13 pm
                                          I need the phone
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                                            Amit
                                            Feb 21, 2016 at 5:46 pm
                                            I have not received any mail till now and 48 hour is gone when I will get confirmation about mail
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