CRB Tech Reviews has come across a claim made by Ringing Bells of making very cheap smartphones and initiate their delivery by Friday the next.
In this era of technologies when Digital India and Make in India initiatives are gaining grounds, a Noida based small company is claiming to offer smartphones at the price of Rs. 251 only. Do you remember that Noida-based firm that ran into controversy after announcing a Rs. 251 phone five months back ? It claimed on Thursday that it will start shipping the cheapest smartphone ever from Friday. Great!!! But will the phones be smart enough, time would say that.
In February, the company announced the Freedom 251 phone which saw a mad rush of over 70 million people trying to register but when the model was presented to media it came out to be produced by another manufacturer with its logo covered.
This incident led to protests from buyers and consequently inquiries by police and tax officials were set up which forced the company to stop the product’s sale and offer refunds to those who booked the phone.
The Freedom 251 model touts a quad-core processor, a 4-inch screen and front and rear cameras, and at amazingly low price of only Rs. 251.
Now Ringing Bells Director Mohit Goel, stated that his company will soon start shipping 200,000 smartphones to buyers picked by lottery and deliveries will start as early as possible.
He said at an event that they will start delivery of 5,000 Freedom 251 phones in the first phase. The event was organized to reveal new models as well as an LED TV priced at Rs. 9,990.
Last month itself, Ringing Bells stated that it will start deliveries for 2 lakh handsets from June 30 initially, then mentioned that 10,000 devices will be given to customers in 19 states, but now has brought the number down to 5,000 devices.
Goel said that the first batch of 5,000 ‘Freedom 251’ devices will be out for delivery from July 8 and buyers will have to pay Rs. 291, of which Rs. 40 as delivery charges.
He previously stated that Ringing Bells faced a loss of Rs. 930 on each phone, which costs Rs. 1,180 and the parts were imported from Taiwan. He also claimed that Rs. 700-800 will be recovered from app developers and advertisement revenue.
When the phone was announced , about 30,000 people paid in advance for booking the phone and more than 7 crore people registered for it, the number is equivalent to the phones Apple and Samsung sell in an entire year.
Now Goel said that the company is ready to ship 2 lakh units of the smartphone at Rs 251 each, but only with government support. He also mentioned that Ringing Bells will ship two lakh units to people who registered for it even if the company doesn’t get government support but that will definitely take time.
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