Amidst a lot of hullabaloo the Freedom 251 was launched in India for a meager price of Rs 251! What is no less than a revolution according to the owners of the company, Ringing Bells, could be a huge scam according to various details that have come out !
So is Freedom 251 scam? Here are 4 reasons which point towards Freedom 251 scam being a real thing:
1. It a shady rebranded ripoff
A sample unit of Freedom 251 was taken up by Hindustan Times yesterday. And they, just like many reports on the internet found that it is a shady, rebranded ripoff of a smartphone being sold by a (unknown) company, Adcom. Now Adcom is a Delhi based importer of gadgets and electronic products. And surprisingly enough, Adcom spokesperson has said on record, “We have no idea that our branding is being used on the Freedom 251. We will look into this.”
Adcom A400, the handset which is being rebranded (allegedly without their permission) was launched almost 2 years ago. So maybe Ringing Bells is just selling old stock at cheaper price?
The thing that had us laughing till we choked was, the logo of Adcom on the FREEDOM 251 is simply covered with correction fluid. Freedom 251 scam? Surely seems so!
Also, the Adcom A400 is listed on flipkart for Rs 4000. So Freedom 251 scam seems real considering the phones being sold at 251 rs a piece!
2. Broken Promises (or Fake ones?)
As per various media reports from the event and even the specifications mentioned on Freedom 251 website, the Freedom 251 will be pre-loaded with several useful apps such as Swatcch Bharat, Women Safety App, Facebook, Whatsapp etc. But interestingly the review unit of the Freedom 251 did not have any of these. Maybe they just did not have a proper review set to show the media, or maybe Freedom 251 scam is a real thing?
3. Price factor got us like WTF!
Mobile Industry regulating body of India, called the Indian Cellular Association (ICA) has in fact written to Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, asking him to look deeply into this matter, as there is simply no way of selling a handset with such specs for less than Rs 2700, even after considering all discount factors.
ICA President said, “For your kind information, the bill of material (BOM) value for a product like this when sourced from the cheapest supply chain cost approximately USD 40 (Rs 2,700).”
Considering that this handset feature 4-inch display, Qualcomm 1.3-GHz quad-core processor and 1 GB RAM; the individual cost of each component itself will be far more than Rs 251. Freedom 251 scam? seems so!
4. Unapproved by Govt of India
IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO ROLE IN FREEDOM 251 MOBILE DEVICE (UNLIKE ITS PROMINENT ROLE IN AAKASH TABLET)
Ringing Bells had widely publicised that the Freedom 251 would be unveiled by Defence minister, Manohar Parrikar, who simply did not show up at the launch event.
Ringing Bells, which is behind the mind-boggling offer is not listed under Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)! This means that they are not certified to sell any product in India. This is a major red flag alert! Freedom 251 scam? We think so! Also, there are no address mentioned on their website! The website domain was bought a week prior to the launch which seems highly unprofessional and also, most tech companies either use e-retailers or simply showcase their devices on their parent website. In this case a separate domain has been created which does not mention anything about Ringing Bells! So joining all these dots, Freedom 251 scam seems a definite thing! What are your thoughts on this ? Please do let us know if you think Freedom 251 scam is real?