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[Updated] Freedom 251- Worlds cheapest smartphone costs just $4! (Could face trouble!)


Smartphones surely have changed our lives. More and more people are saving money and buying Smartphones. May it be Nexus' 6P or the latest flagship by Samsung, the Galaxy S7 or cheaper budget smartphones. 

Yesterday, we had written an article about a phone by Ringing Bells which is going to launch the worlds cheapest smartphone and will cost lesser than Rs 500, which is $7 Approximately. 

But we have got news that this smartphone will just cost 251 Indian rupees, which is just about 3.5$ ! 
The Freedom 251, will go for sale tomorrow morning at 6AM Indian Standard Time. 


The company already said that ‘Freedom 251’ launch is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for “empowering India to the last person, transforming India’s growth story”. The phone comes pre-loaded with several apps for Women Safety, Swachh Bharat, Framers, Fishermen and more.
Update: Please scroll to the bottom of this post to see an update.
I know what's going on in your mind; you're proabably thinking that this phone will have a little memory and will barely be able to download 2-3 apps, will not have a camera and, it's battery will also be very small. 
Obviously, I thought the same as you. But what if i told you that this phone has a camera, no, I mean 2 cameras, Android Lollipop and a pretty decent battery. Shocked already, right?
Me too. You can see the entire specs of the phone below. 
Ringing Bells Freedom 251
  • 4-inch (960 x 540 pixels) qHD IPS display
  • 1.3GHz quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
  • Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
  • 3.2MP rear camera
  • 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • 3G,WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth, GPS
  • 1450mAh battery
The Ringing Bells Freedom 251 comes in white color and is priced at just Rs. 251. 
If you're thinking that this phone will not even work for a few months, you're wrong again. The Ringing Bells Freedom 251 comes with 1-year warranty and the company says that it has over 650 service centers across India. It will be available for order through freedom251.com starting from 6AM on February 18th. The official launch event will take place in Delhi later today.
I wish that my phone's monthly was cheaper than this smartphone...

Update 
The above pictures are not the real pictures of the phone, but another phone by the same company. The actual pictures are shown below.
                           


Update: See the update in the article below. 

We thought that this phone could be a deal killer in the market. A phone for Rs 251 seems pretty unbelievable. Doesn't it?
But no, we're not going to say much on the unbelievable part... 

First of all, in all the images we shared above, and pics posted by NDTV, the "Ringing Bells Freedom 251" Smartphone didn't have any identification, like a logo or branding on the phone. Instead the phone was actually manufactured by a company called Adcom and looks exactly the same like that company's "ikon 4" model. Also, the Adcom logo on the supposedly Freedom 251 was taped so that you couldn't see the "Adcom" logo. 

Secondly, the phones UI most probably will take the company to the court. Some of the app icons are redisgined a little from the existing Apple app icons whereas others are blindly copy pasted onto the UI of the phone. 

I took a screenshot which you can see below, from the video posted by NDTV in which they spoke about the phone. And below the screenshot is another image of the UI posted by NDTV themselves. 




Third and the last flaw we found out from this phone was that, this phone can be illigal to be sold for now. 

As reported again by NDTV, That's not the only cause for concern though. All phones sold in India must be certified by Bereau of Indian Standards. Getting this certification done is both expensive and time consuming. However, it appears that the BIS registration of the Ringing Bells Freedom 251 has not been done, as it is not listed in the list of manufacturers registered by BIS. This means that if the phone is a new device made by Ringing Bells, then it has not been certified as safe for use in India.

After this phone has received so much attention, we hope that this wil, be genuine and will actually reach our hands. I know 251 rupees is very less for us, but if a lot of people are going to pay for it tomorrow, the company would've already got a LOT of money in their hands.

We, suggest you not to buy this phone tomorrow buy wait for a few days, or hours until more information is given in this phone.





Hrithik Kaul

Hrithik Kaul

I am also the owner and founder of Techaguy.blogspot.in. You can view my posts there too!

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