Freedom 251 smartphone sales start with website glitches
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New Delhi: The world’s cheapest smartphone Freedom 251, launched by Ringing Bells Pvt. Ltd on Thursday morning, was off to a shaky start with its website unable to process the flood of orders that came its way.
The $4 phone was the number one Twitter trend in India with nearly 25,000 tweets splashing the #Freedom251. Many ranted about their orders not going through despite repeated attempts.
The payment gateway system appeared to have crashed as it kept directing customers back to the previous page.
“The website is facing a few glitches due to heavy traffic; the tech team is working to resolve them,” said a company spokesperson.
There were many who did get their orders processed but were still sceptical.
“Finally I booked 10 items (phones). INR 2,910.00 gone. It may deliver in 2017. #Freedom251,” P. Loganadhan said on Twitter pasting his order invoice.
With shipping charges of Rs.40, the actual price of the phone comes to Rs.291. Freedom 251, a 3G handset, features a 4-inch display, Qualcomm 1.3-GHz quad-core processor and 1 GB RAM.
The warranty of the product is for a period of 12 months for the host unit, six months for battery and charger, and three months for earphones, commencing from the date of purchase.