The launch of Freedom 251
Ringing Bells’s epoch-breaking product, the world’s cheapest smartphone, the Freedom 251, was launched in Delhi on Wednesday. The entire process (Freedom 251 Ordering and Delivery) had been dogged by a significant amount of controversy, excitement and anticipation, but the launch finally occurred as planned. It was graced by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi.
Details about Freedom 251 Ordering and Delivery
The Noida-based startup has claimed from the outset that the genuineness of Freedom 251 is not in doubt, and that the smartphone’s specifications are similar to entry-level ones, which are normally priced in the Rs. 3,000-4,000 range. Bookings for the phone are likely to continue till Feb 22nd, and Ringing Bells expects to finish all delivers of the Freedom 251 by end-June. As of yet, the phone can be booked only via an online process. This feature has proven to be controversial, with many claiming that it is counter-productive, given that the product is meant largely for the poor and village dwellers, most of whom are bereft of internet connectivity.
Recent setbacks and the future outlook
Moreover, the Freedom 251 project suffered another serious setback today when a website snag forced a curtailment of pre-ordering efforts. The www.freedom251.com website, in all likelihood, experienced a massive server crash owing to a massive rush to book the device online. Those who have been trying to order the Freedom 251 have had to refresh the website multiple times. A few managed to order the smartphone earlier in the day, when the website was up, but even then, it took over an hour to book it. Those who have successfully placed orders have received a confirmation message which promises that the website will email a payment link within 48 hours to the registered id. Not more than 1 unit per user can be ordered now.
Ringing Bells is currently levying a shipping charge of Rs.40, which takes the total price of the smartphoe to Rs.291. Sales of the smartphone will hopefully put an end to the run of controversies which has dogged the project till date, including claims of copyright infringements by Apple. Some 30,000 orders were reported on day 1 itself.