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Ringing Bells Freedom 251: Delivery for 2 lakh units start June 30; company to launch ‘cheapest’ HD LED TV

Ringing Bells had in mid-February this year planned to deliver 25 lakh units of Freedom 251 before June 30.

Ringing Bells had in mid-February this year planned to deliver 25 lakh units of Freedom 251 before June 30. (source: IANS)

Ringing Bells had in mid-February this year planned to deliver 25 lakh units of Freedom 251 before June 30. (source: IANS)

The world’s cheapest smartphone at Rs 251 (less than $4) is here, finally. Its makers, the Noida-based startup Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd, say they have made it possible despite allegations from various quarters that such a phone would not see the light of the day. Even an FIR was lodged against the company.

According to Ringing Bells’ Founder and CEO Mohit Goel — sitting comfortably in his Sector 62 office here, the company has been able to keep its promise to consumers.

“We are ready with nearly two lakh ‘Freedom 251’ handsets. We will start delivery from June 30,” Goel said, adding that once he is done with this first phase of delivery (of two lakh phones), he will open registration again for those who wish to buy the handset.

 The company had in mid-February this year planned to deliver 25 lakh handsets before June 30. However, it received over seven crore registrations before its payment gateway crashed within three days.

“We learned from our mistakes and decided to go silent till we come out with the product. Now we have a 4-inch, dual-SIM phone ready for delivery. I feel vindicated,” he said in one breath.