Does the name ‘Ringing Bells’ ring a bell ? Yes, it is the same upstart phone company that promised a Rs. 251 smartphone a few months ago. The Freedom 251 was entangled in controversy ever since it went on sale in February. Launched with a price tag of Rs 251, the Freedom 251 was at the time touted as the world’s cheapest smartphone. It has since then been trumped by the equally controversial Namotel Achche Din that was was launched last month for Rs. 99.
Today, Ringing Bells sent out a press statement claiming that the Freedom 251 will start shipping from June 28 – much to the surprise of many.
The Freedom 251 was later revealed to be a re-branded Adcom phone from the Chinese phone maker with the same name. The initial batch of such devices spiked rumors about the quality and authenticity of the company.
Following the controversy, the company started refunding money to those who had successfully booked one through its website. Despite the debacle, the company boasted that more than 30,000 consumers had managed to book a phone despite downtime and payment issues with its website back then.
Confirming the development about the company planning to ship devices soon, Mohit Goel, Director, Ringing Bells, told PTI, ”
“We will start shipping Freedom 251 from June 28 to consumers who paid for it earlier on COD (Cash on Delivery) basis.”
However, Goel did not reveal how the company plans to deliver the phone to over 25 lakh customers who had booked the phone through its website.
The Freedom 251 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, supports 3G networks and gets a 4-inch IPS display. The Freedom 251 could be the cheapest 3G-enabled handset in India – provided the company keeps its promise and ships the phone by end of this month.