Ringing Bells’ Freedom 251 is back in the news as the company claims it does plan to deliver the world’s cheapest smartphone, priced at Rs 251 or nearly $4.
We managed to get a look at the new Freedom 251, which actually doesn’t look anything like the older AdCom phone the company was handing out.
IndianExpress.com visited Ringing Bells’ office in Noida, where we saw the new Freedom 251, which now sports a qHD 4-inch display, 1GB RAM+8GB storage, 3.2 mp rear camera, 1450 mAh battery and runs Android KitKat.
Freedom 251 appears to be launching in two colours: all black, and a black-white variant. The Adcom branding on top is gone, instead there’s Freedom 251 neatly written at the back of the phone.
One look at this smartphone, and you might be reminded of budget options from two years back, which were priced at Rs 7,000 and under. The specs might not be inspiring, but then let’s not forget: Ringing Bells has priced this at Rs 251.
Freedom 251 was first showcased on February 16 by Ringing Bells, which is still an unknown player in the world of smartphones. For most in the media and even consumers, the interest in Freedom 251 was precisely because this smartphone was being sold at Rs 251, a selling price that industry insiders say is impossible.
Naturally once the company started taking orders, the website crashed due to the massive interest generated in this smartphone. Now it seems deliveries for Freedom 251 will start from June 30, but Ringing Bells continues to add some twists to the saga.
Only winners in a lucky draw will get their hands on Freedom 251, confirmed Ringing Bells CEO Mohit Goel in a telephonic conversation with IndianExpress.com. The company plans said they will organise a media event ‘soon’ to announce the lucky draw.
“We have got over 2.8 crore registrations from UP and close to 2 crore from Bihar,” said Goel, who claims the company has received a total of 7.5 crore registrations from across India.
Explaining how the lucky draw will work, he said: “We will give away 10,000 units in every state. We decided to hold a lucky draw because many people had registered for multiple phones. We want to bring it down to one phone per person.” The lucky draw winners will most likely be announced within two days, he added.
Ringing Bells was to start delivery for 2 lakh units in its first phase from June 30. Now, with a lucky draw planned, only few might actually get this phone.