Ringing Bells suspends Freedom 251 sales; users can’t buy the phone anymore

Ringing Bells suspends sales of its Freedom 251 smartphone, claims response exceeded its expectations

By: Tech Desk | Updated: February 22, 2016 11:37 am
Ringing Bells, the company behind Freedom 251 has stopped taking bookings for India's cheapest smartphone Ringing Bells, the company behind Freedom 251 has stopped taking bookings for India’s cheapest smartphone

Freedom 251, India’s cheapest smartphone from little-known Ringing Bells has raised eyebrows across the world with its unbelievable Rs 251 price tag. Now the company has announced that the response has exceeded its expectations and is closing the booking for now.

The company launched Freedom 251 on February 17, and announced that bookings will be held for February 18 to 22 on its website, Freedom251.com. The website got 6 lakh hits per second and crashed. It left many wondering if the website would ever be restored.

Reports have also indicated that Freedom 251 is a mere re-branded version of ‘Made in China’ Adcom Ikon 4 smartphone. The tech community raised flags against the pricing and many tech CEOs thought the device with Indian Flag imprint undermines the whole ‘Make In India’ initiative.

The telecom body DoT has found that the phone with such specs can’t be manufactured for less than Rs 2,300, and thus it is unclear how a company established just five months back is able to sell its smartphone for such a dirt cheap price.

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    Bhimsenpradhan
    Feb 20, 2016 at 5:48 pm
    Thanks
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      Bharath Kumar
      Feb 20, 2016 at 1:16 pm
      I like mobail I want 2 mobails
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        Sahadev Nayak
        Feb 21, 2016 at 7:12 am
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          Pradeep
          Feb 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm
          Good smartphone in this amount
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            Dharmesh
            Feb 20, 2016 at 9:00 am
            Veri good
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              Sahaya di
              Feb 20, 2016 at 4:21 pm
              3freedom 251phone 83/9anantha bhavana veeti .t.kallikulam
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                Govindmali
                Feb 20, 2016 at 4:01 pm
                Freedom 2 mobile
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                  Jafar
                  Feb 22, 2016 at 5:29 am
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