Earlier this year, Ringing Bells announced the Freedom 251 that is the world's cheapest smartphone priced at Rs 251. Now, the company claims that it is all set to deliver the smartphone to those who ordered it and the deliveries will start from June 30.
Many people who ordered the Freedom 251 have dismissed the company claiming that it is a Ponzi scheme. Now, the announcement from Ringing Bells that the smartphone will be delivered from June 30 to the buyers is creating a stir in the market.
At this point in time, we have come up with the top things that you need to know about the Ringing Bells' Freedom 251 smartphone.
Before that, take a look at the specs of Freedom 251. The smartphone was launched in mid-February with a 4-inch WVGA resolution display and a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor paired with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB of storage space.
The other aspects of the Freedom 251 include and a 3.2 MP camera at its back and a VGA front-facer. There is a 1,450 mAh battery and it supports 3G connectivity.
First phase of delivery
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As per the reports, Mohit Goel, the Founder and CEO at Ringing Bells claimed that they are ready with almost two lakh handsets and they will deliver the same from June 30. He added that once this first phase of delivery is over, they will open the registrations for the buyers interested in buying the Freedom 251.
25 lakh units of Freedom 251 not coming now
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Notably, the company planned to delivery 25 lakh units of the Freedom 251 before June 30. It claimed that it received more than seven crore registrations within three days before its payment gateway crashed.
Delivery delayed by 2 days
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Earlier, Ringing Bells announced that the delivery of Freedom 251 will start from June 28. Now, the company has set June 30 as the date. Previously, Goel mentioned that the customers who paid for the smartphone earlier on cash on delivery basis will start getting it on June 28. Now, it has been delayed by another 2 days.
FIR against Rigning Bells
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In March, a case of cheating was registered against Ringing Bells by the Noida police following a complaint that Kirit Somaiya, a BJP leader filed. The case was registered under the Section 420 of IPC and IT Act. Mohit Goel and Ashok Chadda (the president) were named in the FIR. Somaiya stated that it is impossible to make a Rs 251 priced samartphone. The company is fooling people, it stated.
Adcom to sue Ringing Bells
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When the Freedom 251 was actually launched, the review units of the device were showed it is a different phone by a company called Adcom. Ringing Bells had just erased the branding using a whitener. Following this, in March, Adcom threatened to take legal action against Ringing Bells.
Refunding also took place
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By the end of February, Ringing Bells started refunding money to those who paid for the smartphone due to the negative talks around its claim. The company stated that 30,000 people paid for the phones and over 7 crore people registered for the same. The refund was done by CCAvenue and PayU Biz.
Freedom 251 is not a Make in India or a Govt project
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The DIPP Secretary Amitabh Kant stated that the Freedom 251 is not a government project or the Make in india team has got nothing to do with this smartphone. There was a speculation that the smartphone is priced too low because it is a Make in India project. This made the representative of Make in India to clarify on behalf of the private company.
Call center sues Ringing Bells
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Even a service provider of data center and BPO services, Cyfuture, announced the plans of filing a case of cheating as well as fraud against Ringing Bells. It claims it was contracted by the company could not fulfill payments.
PayU Biz holds payments
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Even PayU Biz issued a statement on the controversy and it refused to release the payments till the proof for the deliveries was given. The company claimed that there has been an increase in the number of queries for the Freedom 251 lately, they are cautious towards the payments made by the buyers. They have ensured that the money remains safe with them and gets released to the vendor only when the product is dispatched to the buyers. They will work with the company to return the money to the buyers if the company is unable to fulfill the huge demand.
IT dept scanner watching Ringing Bells
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As per another report, the IT Department is looking into the company's financial structure and it has obtained the documents including the ones from RoC (Registrar of Companies).