There is no doubt that the smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5 , HTC 10 , One Plus 3 etc. were the hottest devices of 2016. But, between all these premium and expensive devices, one phone was able to mark its own spot. The Freedom 251 , also known as ‘The $4 Smartphone’, was announced by Indian company Ringing Bells. But, it seems as if the Bells have finally stopped ringing! The company officially announced that Freedom 251 is dead and not even a single unit will be shipped to India :o
FREEDOM 251 DEAD ?
In case you don’t remember, just a few days ago, we were able to witness the new design of Freedom 251. Also, the new re-branded units had some quite updated specs. The company had promised that Freedom 251 aka $4 Smartphone will be shipped on 30th of June. But unfortunately, the company didn’t complete the promise. But a couple of days ago, the company stated that about 200,000 units are going to be shipped. Slowly slowly the number decreased from 200K to 10K then 5K and now finally ‘0’.
Well, Ringing Bells’ Rep said in a statement that –
We may deliver more units if we get help or we may not deliver at all in the upcoming months. We are only focusing on the giving away the devices now. And the help Ringing Bells need to make the Freedom 251 happen is $7.4 billion or INR500 billion. Yes, that’s the GDP of a small country.
You might be probably thinking why $7.4 Billion is needed? Well, here is the answer that company’s Rep gave-
We have brought Freedom 251 which we offer on Cash on Delivery terms but we have a gap between the BOM (Bill of Materials) and the Selling Price. We, therefore, humble request government support to actualise the objective to cascade the availability and usage of smartphones all through the far reaches of our great nation.
So, wrapping all this information, the $4 Smartphone is finally dead. Also, the company has launched some new devices also which include four feature phones , 2 smartphones (which look like LG G5) , LED TV and Power Banks. Anyways, the main topic of this article was Freedom 251 smartphone. And one thing is true for sure. For a few years, people will remember that there was a company called Ringing Bells which attracted everyone through its so called ‘Cheapest Smartphone’ in the world. Let us know what you think in comments section :D