In a hard to believe information, Noida-based Ringing Bells, is claiming to be launching the world’s cheapest 3G smartphone at just Rs 251 (less than $4) in India.
The handset is being manufactured by domestic handset maker Ringing Bells, as part of the government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign
, which promotes and encourages local manufacturing.
Freedom 251 smartphone.
According to the Noida-based company, the handset, which is likely 3G-enabled, has received full backing from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who described the launch as “empowering India to the last person” and “transforming India’s growth story.” “The phone will be popularly priced at under Rs 500 and the launch stands as a true testimony of success of the latest initiatives taken by the Government of India,” read media invites sent out by the firm.
Here’s how to get it:
The smartphone would be available for order via freedom251.com
starting from February 18 at 6 am and close at 8 pm on February 21.
At present, the country’s most affordable smartphones are currently priced between Rs 1,500 ($22) and Rs 2,000 ($29). Another Indian device maker DataWind has been looking to launch the world’s cheapest smartphone at Rs 999 ($14.6), but that device has yet to hit the market.
So what do you get for Rs 251?
– 4-inch IPS screen
– 1.3 GHz Quad Core Processor
– 1GB of Ram
– 8GB internal storage (that can be expanded to 32GB with a micro SD card)
– 3.2MP rear camera
– 0.3MP front camera
– 1450mAh battery
– dual SIM and
– 3G connectivity
– 1 year warranty
– Android Lollipop 5.1
The phone comes with pre-installed apps concerning Women Safety, Swachh Bharat, Fisherman, Farmer, Medical, Google Play, WhatsApp, Facebook, and YouTube.
The company also claims to be giving a 1-year warranty on the phone backed by their 650 service centers across the country.
Well, like us, you may also be considering how come the company is giving such a handset in a jaw-dropping low price. As of now, it is hard to say, but our guess is that it is somehow subsidised by the government.
However, some have expressed their apprehensions: