Social media is abuzz with discussion, comments and reactions about ‘”world’s cheapest smartphone”, named Freedom 251, which was widely publicized due to its offer price of just Rs 251 rupees.
The four-month-old company Ringing Bells, which opened its website freedom251.com today for pre-orders – stated that the website has crashed due to overwhelming response at “600,000 hits per second”. The company said it was pausing bookings for a day.
The company’s office at Noida on the outskirts of Delhi was also swamped by thousands of potential buyers.
The company said it would supply the pieces in June for those who have placed orders.
Doubts have been raised on the efficacy of the upcoming 3G smartphone since the specifications are similar to phones at least 15 times more expensive.
A complaint was lodged by the Indian Cellular Association with Union Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on the issue urging him to stall the bookings since it is impossible to supply smartphone with such specifications for less than Rs 2700/
But Mohit Goel, founder of Ringing Bells said the phone would be locally made as part of the “Make in India” program promoted aggressively by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government
Samples shown to media were of a Chinese-made phone with its brand name, Adcom, covered with white paint. The Android-based smartphone, with a 4-inch display, looks very similar to Apple’s older iPhone 4 handset, complete with a home button and icons that are nearly identical to the iPhone’s.