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Freedom 251: Adcom Says It Sold Phones to Ringing Bells at Rs. 3,600 a Unit

The controversy surrounding Freedom 251, the Rs. 251 smartphone that captured the world’s attention, doesn’t seem to be dying down. After Ringing Bells, the Noida-based maker of the smartphone, earlier this week tried to reassure users by promising to refund the first phase’s 30,000 customers, now Adcom has issued a statement to dissociate itself from the company. In an emailed ... Read More »

Freedom 251 Maker Says Pre-Booking Money to Be Refunded This Week

Noida-based Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd, makers of the controversial world’s cheapest smartphone which has promised to return money to 30,000 customers who pre-booked the Rs. 251 (less that $4) device on the first day of the sale, said on Monday that the refund will reach their accounts any time this week. According to Ringing Bells president Ashok Chadha, the money ... Read More »

Freedom 251 Maker Reportedly Refunds First 30,000 Customers

Ringing Bells, the maker of the controversial Freedom 251 smartphone that’s priced at Rs. 251, reportedly claims to have paid back the money it generated from the first 30,000 pre-booking orders on the first day of the sale this month. Mohit Goel, managing director of the Noida-based company, has claimed that the money of all 30,000 customers has been refunded ... Read More »

Freedom 251 Smartphone ‘Biggest Scam of Millennium’, Says Congress MP

Alleging that ‘Freedom 251’ smartphone scheme was a “fraud”, Congress MP Pramod Tiwari in Rajya Sabha Friday strongly objected to the presence of BJP leaders at the launch of the scheme to sell smartphones at a price of Rs. 251 and sought a reply from the government. “I am making a definite allegation. This government is going to do a ... Read More »

Freedom 251 Maker Accused of Fraud by Customer Care Firm; Refutes Charge

In another controversial turn of events in the Freedom 251 saga, Ringing Bells has been accused of “fraud” and non-payment of dues by its customer service provider – a charge refuted by the smartphone company. Ringing Bells has on the other hand accused the BPO company, Cyfuture, of having failed in handling the huge traffic of customer calls. Cyfuture Founder ... Read More »

Freedom 251: 30,000 Units Sold, Components for Up to 2.5 Million Will Be Imported

Ringing Bells, the makers of the Rs. 251 smartphone – the Freedom 251 – confirmed to Gadgets 360 on Tuesday that it has still only accepted payments for 30,000 units of the phone. It also added that the components for these phones will be imported, and only assembled in India, not made here. Ringing Bells stopped accepting orders on February ... Read More »

Freedom 251 Reportedly Comes Under Telecom Ministry’s Scanner

The telecom ministry has done an internal assessment on viability of the handset ‘Freedom251’, being touted as the world’s cheapest smartphone at Rs. 251 (less than $4), and found such a device cannot be offered for less than Rs. 2,300-2,400, say informed sources. “An internal assessment was done by the telecom ministry from the day the phone was launched. Officials ... Read More »

Freedom 251 Maker Claims 50 Million Registrations, Promises 2.5 Million Units

While the world kept asking questions and Indians remained puzzled, the Noida-based startup, promising a Rs. 251 (less than $4) “Make in India” smartphone, on Friday claimed to have received nearly 50 million registrations in just two days of opening up for online pre-orders. In a chat with IANS over phone, Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd president Ashok Chadha said that ... Read More »

Freedom 251 Maker Ringing Bells Comes Under Excise, IT Department Scanners

Ringing Bells, makers of the world’s cheapest smartphone, has come under the scanner of excise and income tax departments as debates around the feasibility of offering a Rs. 251 handset rages on. According to the sources, the IT Department is looking into the financial structure of the Noida-based company and have obtained documents, including those from the Registrar of Companies ... Read More »

Freedom 251 Is Too Expensive – Soon Someone Could Pay You to Use Their Phone

The Freedom 251 made headlines this week for being (in all likelihood) the most affordable smartphone in the world. It raised more questions than answers and most of us at Gadgets 360 are still incredibly sceptical as to whether this little-known company’s cheaper-than-a-movie-ticket smartphone will even reach the hands of the price-sensitive people of India. Let’s be completely clear. I, ... Read More »