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Ringing Bells Freedom 251 Details

 Freedom 251 smartphone from the company Ringing Bells was launched in February 2016. Ringing Bells established in 2015, Ringing Bells Pvt. Ltd. made a name for itself when it announced the Freedom 251, the most affordable smartphone in the world. 

Freedom 251 Specifications

The smartphone comes with a 4-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 540 pixels by 960 pixels. 
The Ringing Bells Freedom 251 is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core and it comes with 1GB of RAM. 
The phone packs 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card. 
As far as the cameras are concerned, the Ringing Bells Freedom 251 packs a 3.2-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 0.3-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The Ringing Bells Freedom 251 runs Android 5.1 and is powered by a 1450mAh removable battery.
The Ringing Bells Freedom 251 is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor.

Ringing Bells Freedom 251 Regular Updates

Updates x1.
17th February, 2016 Ringing Bells launched Freedom 251. The phone is launched in the presence of Union Defense Minister – Manohar Parrikar. Bookings will start from 18th Feb 2016 at 06:00 A.M. and ends on 21st Feb 2016, 08:00 P.M. Delivery of this smartphone will be done in June 2016.



Updates x2. 
18th February, 2016 at 06:00 A.M. booking started through freedom251.com official website. At 8:00 P.M. on the same day – many news channels and online sources makes it so viral that almost each and every person in the world got notified about this smartphone. 
 
Updates x3.
 At the end of the first day bookings, firm stopped taking orders as the company officials reported that their servers crashed due to heavy traffic. They claimed to have received 30,000 confirmed orders and over six lakh hits per second on website. 

Updates x4.
19th Feb, 2016 – Bookings will remain closed as Company is working on fixing issues with website to resume bookings. 
Indian Cellular Association has written to telecom ministry, urging the government to investigate on this as selling a smartphone at this price could never be possible.
The company explained their plan to recover phone’s cost and make profit. They will recover through the creation of an e-commerce marketplace, innovative marketing and reduction in duties and economies of scale. Moreover they will also earn from pre installed apps of their partnered companies on every freedom 251 smartphone.

Updates x5.
20th Feb, 2016 – Ringing Bells resumed the booking of Freedom 251, still many users are facing difficulties and are not able to order.
Around 08:00 P.M. – on the same day – Bookings are closed now as orders exceeds the limit of required number of orders.

Updates x6.

21st Feb, 2016 – The company said it received over 70 million bookings for the smartphone in three days.“We are taking online bookings for only 25 lakh units in the first batch due to limited supplies, while giving another 25 lakh through offline distributors. I will deliver the handsets before June 30,” Mohit Goel told the newspaper.

Updates x7.

As reviewers got ADCOM company’s smartphone with whitener applied on company’s logo to hide original manufacturer’s name, Ringing Bells President Ashok Chaddha gave clarification on this.

He said, “we wanted to show a sample or prototype of what the handsets will look like. This is not the final piece”. “In view of the shortage of time and given that these were to serve only as prototypes to a limited list of persons, we went ahead. We would clearly mention that the final Freedom 251 manufactured/assembled in India would be to identical specs – i.e. no change.” 
 

Updates x8.

Ashok Chadha explains again that how they will cover the manufacturing cost and earn profits. 
Ashok Chaddha said, “Economies of scale gets it down to around Rs 1,200, and thereafter an online sales model cuts down marketing and sales expenses, giving us further savings”
Chaddha also added that he was banking on the app ecosystem that brought the cost down to around Rs 800. The rest, according to Chadha, will be recovered by the earnings from a marketplace that the company will be setting up.

“So here is my marketplace, you want to sell something, come to me, pay me revenue for it, and I will pass the revenue on to my customer,” he says. That’s how, according to the company, the Freedom 251 can sell for Rs 251.

Updates x9.

26th Feb, 2016 – DIPP Secretary Amitabh Kant today clarifies the link between government and Freedom 251 phone, which has run into a major controversy with questions being raised over the company providing mobile handset at impossible price.
“This is not a Govt project. Make in India team has nothing to do with this,” tweeted Kant, the outgoing secretary of DIPP which is the official agency for the ‘Make in India’ campaign. In an earlier tweet on February 19, Kant had said: “It’s not the price of handset; its broadband connectivity & operational cost: Freedom 251: priced at Rs 251”.

Updates x10.

27th Feb, 2016 – Mohit Goel said, “The company has decided that we will, henceforth, offer ‘cash on
delivery’ mode of payments for those who have placed an order for the
‘Freedom 251’ smartphone. This will ensure further transparency and
clear any misgivings.”

Updates x11.

29th Feb, 2016 – Noida-based
Ringing Bells, which has promised to sell smartphone for Rs 251, has started refunding money to customers due to negative
speculation around its claim.

“There was a lot of negativity around us so we have decided to take
money from customers only after delivering phones to them. We are
refunding money to those who have paid for booking the phones and giving
them an option of cash on delivery,” Ringing Bells Director Mohit Goel
said.
– See more at:
http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/tech-news-technology/ringing-bells-freedom-251-money-refund-cashback-online-booking-india-launch-price-specs-features/#sthash.ZLbwjURM.dpuf

Ringing Bells Director Mohit Goel said, “There was a lot of negativity around us so we have decided to take money from customers only after delivering phones to them. We are refunding money to those who have paid for booking the phones and giving them an option of cash on delivery.”

“We don’t want customers’ money initially. We have investors to back our project. There is a business model to justify the price. We have a foolproof plan and to whomsoever we have disclosed it has agreed to it. I don’t want to disclose full details as of now,” Goel said.

 Updates x12.

1st March, 2016 – Mohit Goel said that the delivery of Freedom251 smartphones is expected to start in April after which the company will start the second round of bookings.
 

Updates x13.

2nd March, 2016 – There seemed no respite for the company, as it now came under the radar of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which started a probe into its finances.

Updates x14.

2nd March, 2016 – Ringing Bells got more bad reviewers and this time its Government officials as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) revealed that this was potentially a ‘ponzi scam’. 

“Ringing Bells certainly misled people by quoting price as low as Rs 251. Mohit Goel appears to be a publicity-hungry person who thought that if he comes out with an unusual scheme, he will catch the eyeballs of the people as well of media. We have averted yet another Ponzi scam. It appears that they planned to produce fake receipts to CCAvenue showing delivery of phones to withdraw money from escrow account,” a senior ED official said.

Updates x15.

3rd March, 2016 – The office of Ringing Bells – manufacturing company of India’s cheapest smartphone Freedom 251 was found closed
As per a Times of India report, the office was found shut yesterday, its president Ashok Chadha told that “all is well”.
He told TOI, “We are very much in business, and are not running away”. Apparently, the office was closed yesterday owing to some rental issues.

Updates x16.

4th March, 2016 – Advantage Computers (Adcom)’s founder and chairman Sanjeev Bhatia said, “We are deeply grieved by this incident where our mobile phone has been presented to masses for Rs.251, and therefore, would not hesitate from taking any legal actions against the company, in case the entire fiasco impacts Adcom’s brand name or subsequently we face any other kind of losses.”
 
“Yes, it is true that although we sold the handsets to Ringing Bells earlier, like we sell Adcom mobiles to lakhs of users, we were absolutely unaware of the reselling plans of the company in question,” he added.

“Furthermore, we still haven’t been able to evaluate their pricing policy as we sold the handsets at Rs.3,600 per unit (to Ringing Bells),” Bhatia said.

This will definitely create a major problem for Ringing Bells and they might have to pay eye watering money to Adcom in coming up days.

Only time will decide if it is genuine or not as there is only one way for Ringing Bells to show themselves trustworthy and genuine by delivering original Freedom 251 smartphone to buyers. We advise you to not pay anything online or locally for Freedom 251 smartphone until you got a final product in your hand.

Update x17.

30th June 2016 – Forget about previous rumors, news and updates. Here is something which we all were excited for. Finally, the representative from Ringing Bells came forward, confirming that the phones will be available from July 6th. He also confirms that 2 lakh Freedom 251 units are ready to ship along with 32 inch LED TV which will be available at Rs 10,000 to buy online soon after freedom 251 availability. Ringing Bell’s CEO also confirmed that they already have 1 lakh units in stock of this cheapest LED TV.

There are some exclusive coverage on this, coming soon only on Technonize. We will let you know about the whole new story of Ringing Bells, make sure you liked our facebook page and subscribed via email to get early notifications.

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