This, is truly a revolutionary step taken by Ringing Bells in support of the Digital India Campaign. 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. Ringing Bells has previously launched the cheapest 4G smartphone called Smart 101 priced at Rs 2,999. The device is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and sports a 5-inch display with 960×480 pixels resolution. The device flaunts an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 3.2MP front facing snapper for clicking selfies. Now, the company has come up with the world’s cheapest android smartphone.
The phone comes with a 4.00-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 micro SD 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. It comes preinstalled with apps such as Swachh Bharat, Women Safety, Fisherman, Farmer, Medical, Google Play, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter among others.
The company offers 12-month warranty for the device, with 6 months on the battery and charger. The earphone will be covered for 3 months from the date of purchase. Ringing Bells has also made it clear that any defect arising due to liquid ingress (spillage) or physical abuse and normal wear and tear will not be covered under the warranty of the smartphone.
In addition, if the smartphone has been damaged, or repaired by unauthorised service personnel, then the warranty stands void.
The Freedom 251 smartphone is available for pre-order on the company website starting 18 February at 6:00 a.m. Ringing Bells says the Freedom 251 smartphone has been developed ‘with immense support’ from the government and is touting it as a success story of PM Modi’s flagship ‘Make in India’ scheme. The Freedom 251 will be officially unveiled in New Delhi on Wednesday evening at an event that will be presided over by Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, MP, with the Union Defence Minister Sri Manohar Parrikar as the Chief Guest.
That said, I need to make it clear that there is no proficiency in buying the product right away. Before jumping to order, try to understand the company. They introduced the “Smart 101” a few months back at price of 2999. People paid money online because there was no Cash on Delivery option (through Ringing Bells online site, not through popular e-commerce sites)But I don’t know how many of them got the product delivered or how many got refund. About “Freedom 251” they have clearly told that item will be delivered only after June 2016. So think before you throw Rs. 251 or its multiples for this company. Don’t blindly believe them only because well known politicians are involved. Remember, you cannot go and ask Defence Minister if they fail to deliver the phone.
Even after knowing the aforesaid facts, I do think that it is worth to give it a try because it actually won’t cost you a big hole in your pocket. Rather, it is an excellent initiative by the government and Ringing Bells and if they manage to cater to the Indian Consumers, then it is clear that the phone is going to revolutionarize the mobile and tech industry. I am convined enough and surely I will try to get a Freedom 251 for myself. Let me know in the comments if you are going for it, too.