Absurdity at Rs251

The numbers simply don’t add up in the case of Ringing Bells’ Freedom 251 smartphone

A quad core 1.3 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 4-inch screen, 8 GB internal storage—the specifications are not exactly stupendous for a smartphone.

Until one is informed that one such smartphone—Freedom 251—is available for just Rs.251. Noida-based Ringing Bells claims that it will be able to sell at this price by making the phones in India, selling them online and using economies of scale.

The numbers simply don’t add up. And consider this: the review set received by Mint found another brand name behind a coating of whitener. Many icons on the home screen have been lifted straight from the iPhone. The website promises delivery in four months. Someone on social media claimed to have ordered “0.5” quantity of the phone.

Some are spending Rs.291 (including shipping charges) to buy this phone, some others are willing to bet greater amounts on the company being unable to deliver. Your money, your choice.