Naina KhedekarFeb 18, 2016 12:25:41 IST
Update: The 251 Freedom site has now stopped taking orders due to overwhelming response that has led to the servers to crash. "We receive approx 6 lacs hits per second as a result of which due to your kind overwhelming response servers are over loaded," the site claims. It has also said to have 'taken a pause' and will resume in 24 hours.
Those who woke up early this morning (read me) to book the just launched Freedom 251 were treated to the Freedom 251 site that refused to load. Soon, people took to Twitter to vent out their frustration as the site crashed even before the bookings started.
The site is up and running now and bookings seem to be open. Rs 251 means less than a monthly mobile bill and the curiosity has drove everyone to the site. We also tried securing a handset and here's what you need to do. Head to the official Freedom 251 page. Though the phone is priced at Rs 251, one may have to shell out an additional Rs 40 as shipping charges. This means, you are paying Rs 291 overall for the phone.
You will then have to enter your shipping address, mobile number and email ID. Also required to tick the terms and conditions checkbox before buying the device. Once we hit on buy, it brought us to the same page asking to insert the shipping address and other details. Each time we tried, we were reverted back and couldn't make it to the payments page. As you see in the screenshot above, the page also states four months of delivery time. It is quite possible, it may be doing it to avoid going the Aakash way (cheap tablet from Datawind).
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The Freedom 251 is supposedly the Adcom Ikon 4, which is priced way higher. In fact, a new report states mobile industry body ICA has written to Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to get into depth of the issue asking the rate could not be below Rs 3,500 even after a subsidised sale.
The Indian Cellular Association (ICA) had also said that it is not appropriate for the senior political and government leadership to be present at the launch till the air around this is cleared and it is not shrouded under controversies. And there are other problems related to the manufacturer of the smartphone denying that it is not aware of them as well.
Moreover, Ringing Bells is an unknown Indian company founded in 2015. If some reports are to be believed than the site itself was created this month. It has become popular overnight due to the ridiculous pricing of Rs 251. In terms of specs, the device comes with a 4-inch qHD IPS display, 3.2MP AF rear camera, 0.3MP front camera and 1.3GHz quad-core processor. Read more about its specs here.
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