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Ringing Bells Freedom 251 at Rs 251: Everything that has happened so far

Ringing Bells Freedom 251 is not new to controversies and the company is now back in news due to all the wrong reasons. Here is everything you need to know.

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Ringing Bells Freedom 251 is not new to controversies and the company is now back in news due to all the wrong reasons. While the Telecom Minister has asked Deity to look into the scheme of Ringing Bells offering a smartphone as just Rs 251; the call center hired by the company has decided to sue it. Ringing Bells had also stopped bookings for its Freedom 251 smartphone, after it received 6 lakh hits per second on its site. Here is everything you need to know about the controversies surrounding Ringing Bells Freedom 251.

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DIPP Secretary Amitabh Kant today said that Ringing Bells Freedom 251 is not a 'Make in India' project. "This is not a Govt project. Make in India team has nothing 2 (to) do with this," tweeted Kant, the outgoing secretary of DIPP which is the nodal agency for the 'Make in India' campaign. In an earlier tweet on February 19, Kant had said: "It's not d (the) price of handset; its broadband connectivity & operational cost: Freedom 251: priced at Rs 251".

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Cyfuture, a provider of data center and business process outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced that it is planning to file a case of cheating and fraud against the company. Cyfuture claims that it is a vendor of Ringing Bells, and was contracted by the company to provide call-center support for its smartphone brand in India. Cyfuture alleges that Ringing Bells has not fulfilled payments due to them. Read more here

Also, Ringing Bells Freedom 251 bookings have officially been stopped by the company, which claims to have gotten orders worth Rs 1.75 crore. It has also claimed that it won’t actually be taking the payment from the payment gateway facilitator PayUBiz, until it gives proof of delivery. However, PayUBiz has also issued a statement on the Ringing Bells Freedom 251, saying it has taken a cautious stance only due to the surge of queries being received over Freedom 251. Read more here

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But Ringing Bells says it is now accepting cash on delivery payments from those who have placed an order for the Freedom 251 smartphones. The company says that the offer will be available to the first 25 lakh customers who had registered for the smartphone. Sure cash on delivery option sounds nice, and might assuage fears of those who have booked the phones, but Ringing Bells’ announcement does not mention anything about a refund for who’ve already paid. Read more here

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Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has asked Department of Electronics and IT Secretary (Deity) Aruna Sharma to look into the scheme of Ringing Bells offering a smartphone for just Rs 251. Read more here

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Recently, a goup of people staged protests outside the Ringing Bells office in Noida. Reports say that frustrated customers have turned up outside the office of Ringing Bells and have been demanding that the company hand over the smartphone right now. Read more here

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The mobile phone industry body ICA too has raised some red flags over Freedom 251. “We have checked with all operators in the industry, and no one has admitted to having been in any kind of bundling deal or partnership with them. I will only say consumers should stay cautious. More than consumers, it may hurt businessmen in small towns if the promise made by the company fails,” ICA National President Pankaj Mohindroo said. Read more here

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With questions being raised over the promised price of Rs 251 for a 3G smartphone by new entrant Ringing Bells, the Telecom Ministry has found that a device with such specifications would cost about Rs 2,300. “The Ministry has analysed the issue and it feels that such a device can be manufactured for about Rs 2,300,” sources told PTI. However, they refused to say if any action will be taken against the company in the matter. Read more here