Remember that hype surrounding Freedom 251? The controversy nevertheless, the phone’s unbelievably low cost made it one of the biggest shakers in India’s telecom world.
Now comes Namotel ‘Achhe Din’ smartphone. Its promoter Madhava Reddy claims that it is the world’s cheapest smartphone.
Namotel? That’s a curious name!
Priced at Rs.2,999, it has now been drastically reduced to Rs.99 for a certain period.
Promoter Madhava Reddy displaying the phone. PTI/Shailendra Bhojak
It is available on a cash-on-delivery basis, but no one has any idea how the phone looks. The images of the phone are “for representational purposes only”, reads a note on the website, according to a report. But when TY News tried to access the website, it did not open.
Reddy told the media that the phone is available for booking at the heavily discounted price from May 17 to May 25. Where and how the bookings can be made is unclear.
The only information available is this:
Connectivity: 3G-enabled Display: 4 inch
OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop Processor: 1.3GHz Quadcore RAM: 1 GB
Reports say that customers will have to sign up for BeMyBanker service to book Achhe Din smartphone. But even that website was not opening at the time of writing this report. Phone Radar
discovered that Reddy was previously working as a relationship manager for the home loans department at Axis Bank and has no experience in telecom sector. Of course, the phone has already come in for criticism due to the layers of mystery surrounding its economically impossible pricing, its never-before-heard-of status, and the absence of the real gadget itself.
This screengrab from the website shows various products of Namotel. Financial Express
reports that the company’s website (accessed by the media house) claims to be having offices in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, and Chennai. The makers claim that the phone is a realization of the ‘Make in India’ project and can be purchased by those holding Aadhar Cards. Whatever be the future of this new super cheap device, the people will not forget the ride they were take for with Freedom 251, which was later unearthed as a scam
, its office raided by IT officials
, and the promoters got sued. But it appears that a race has already begun
for the cheapest phone – fake or not.