Well, who thought that 2016 will be the new era of the budget smartphone. Ringing Bells, a company based in Noida, near Delhi, has set a new line for a low-end smartphone with its new Android smartphone, the Freedom 251. It is priced at Rs.251 or 4$, and that is enough to battle the minds of the people. This is the first true Android smartphone in India under the price tag of Rs.250. But is it really any good or is a just a scam ????

TECH SPECS

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 Labelled as the world’s cheapest smartphone at Rs 251, out of the box we get a phone, earphone adapter for charging and a USB cable.

SPECS OF THE PHONE ARE AS FOLLOWS

  • – 4-inch display has a screen resolution of 960×540 pixels
  • -3.2-megapixel autofocus rear camera with single led flash which shoots decent
  • photos,
  • – 0.3-megapixel front VGA camera which is just ok,
  • -1.3 GHz quad-core processor,
  • -1GB RAM,
  • -8GB of internal storage with SD card support which can be expanded up to 32gb,
  • -1450 mAh battery which barely lasted half a day on one charge
  • – Android 5.1 Lollipop OS with some little customization

By just looking at the specs the phone is not at all a bad choice. However, it is the very price of the phone that creates doubts across the market.

 

DESIGN

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 The phone almost resembles like iPhone 5s because of its physical button at the bottom and its icon of the phone though we don’t know the reason behind design and icon. It weighs just 116g.left side it has the volume button and left side it has power button. The phone’s build quality is okay, though.The back  is removable and  Inside sits a 1,400 mAh battery, a micro SIM and standard SIM slots and a micro-SD card slot as well. The interiors too are built of inferior material The back panel has the Indian national flag printed on it, and it may be possible that flag might get peeled off after using it for a long time.

CAMERA

Since it is the worlds cheapest smartphone we don’t expect much from this phone in terms of camera.the camera of the freedom 251 is slow and even the slight shake of the hand the objects goes out of focus.the front camera is blurry and the selfies look blurry.

Online orders

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The company is charging 251 INR with extra 40 INR as delivery charges.

When the company announced the phone, registration was to make through dedicated sitefreedom251.com.Initially due to heavy traffic on the site, the site crashed. Later the problem was resolved and the site was back on track  but when a user clicked on the pay now button after filling personal and address details, it redirected to the main page.

Due to which to resolve this matter they had to close the booking procedure for 24 hours by showing this message on their siteAfter 24 hours ringing bells booking resumed and according to the company

After 24 hours ringing bells booking resumed and according to the company

there were 20 lakh requests on February 18, taking the total number of registrations received on the day to 3,70,15,000 Ringing Bells on 20th of Feb closed the booking after receiving over 6 crore registrations for the device in just 2 days.

QUESTION AND CONTROVERSIES

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Earlier people thought that freedom 251 is phone under make in India project but DIPP Secretary Amitabh Kant today said that Ringing Bells Freedom 251 is not a ‘Make in India’ project. “This is not a Govt project. Make in India team has nothing 2 (to) do with this,” tweeted Kant, the outgoing secretary of DIPP which is the nodal agency for the ‘Make in India’ campaign.

Cyfuture, a provider of data center and BPO services, announced that it is planning to file a case of cheating and fraud against the company.

Ringing Bells says it is now accepting cash on delivery payments from those who have placed an order for the Freedom 251 smartphones. The company says that the offer will be available to the first 25 lakh customers who had registered for the smart phone.But Ringing Bells’ announcement does not mention anything about a refund for who have already paid.

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has asked Department of Electronics and IT Secretary (Deity) Aruna Sharma to look into the matter of Ringing Bells offering a smartphone for just Rs 251.

The only option left for ringing bells to prove their worth is to start delivering the smartphone as soon as possible.the company promised to  deliver out all the phone before June ends.

Conclusion

Freedom 251 is no doubt the worlds cheapest and super affordable smartphone but with this price tag and the company which is just less than 1-year-old this phone comes  with a lot of question about whether one should buy this phone or not or is it just a scam. Well, time will tell the truth until that we all just gona have to wait until the ctual deliveries of the phone starts.