The Freedom 251 mobile scam spilled water on consumer's hope of using an unbelievably low priced smartphone. A few months later, another company named Docoss is trying to make news with its entry level smartphone priced merely Rs 888. The new smartphone named the Docoss X1 is a product of a Jaipur based company named Docoss that promises to make the phone available starting May 2. It has opened pre-bookings for the phone, which will close on Friday, ie April 29.
What all does it bring on table:
Speaking of specifications, the Docoss X1 features a 4-inch WVGA IPS display and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. It has 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, microSD card (up to 32GB) slot, which is a rear combination for even an ultra low smartphone that is priced around Rs 3,000. Is not it suspicious to get such specifications on a phone priced just Rs 888! Moreover, it has a 2MP/0.3MP dual-camera set up, 3G, dual SIM (GSM + WCDMA) and GPRS connectivity support, a 1300mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
Can this happen for real?
Remember the ultra-budget Aakaash tablet maker Datawind! A few days after the Ringing Bell's Freedom 251 smartphone got launched, Datawind's CEO, Suneet Singh Singh Tuli told GizBot that "the cost of a smartphone, even after government's subsidy, cannot be such low, until the producer itself is ready to absorb the losses. In such a case, the genuineness of a smartphone priced ridiculously low is really questionable." Many of other industry people had thoughts going in the same direction. Considering this, it is uncertain to say if the Docoss X1 is a genuine product or just another scam!
Reasons to believe it is a scam!
- Rs. 888 is not the actual price: It seems like the price of the phone is Rs. 888, but this price doesn't include taxes, which means that the phone will cost you more than the said amount. However, the company has not given any information about taxes that will be levied on the Docoss X1 smartphone. Even we wonder what could be the actual price of this smartphone!
- Website is not working properly: The Docoss X1 is available to pre-book, however, the company's official website as well as the pre-booking process does not look reliable. You can also pre-book the phone by sending a text to 7666204430 with your Name, Address, and Pin Code details, and pay for it in cash on its delivery. You will most likely face some issues in booking the phone. As we write the story, the website based booking as well as the SMS based booking have been suspended due to technical issues!
- No information on expected time of delivery: Moreover, the company mentions that the delivery of the phone will start on May 2, however it doesn't give clear information on the expected time of delivery for the product. Hence, we are not sure if the product will be delivered to you in weeks, months or years!