Priced at Rs. 251, Ringing Bells’ Freedom 251 is touted as India’s most affordable smartphone, but actually, it’s the world’s cheapest smartphone with decent specifications till date. The phone was officially launched on Wednesday evening and went up for sale the next day – Thursday morning at 6 AM. But, the website – www.freedom251.com crashed and pulled off due to overloaded servers.
The website states that that company server could not handle the load and it was getting six lakhs hits per second, which made the company halt the bookings for 24 hours. The bookings should resume within 24 hours or as soon as possible.
Ringing Bells President Ashok Chadha stated, “The number of hits was as much as 63 lakh per second, which was more than the payment processor or server could handle. Despite this incredible number of visitors, Goel said only that over 30,000 units have been sold, less than what many other brands have been claiming to sell ‘within seconds’ despite much higher price tags,” according to NDTV.
“We also have some innovative marketing concepts in place, because once we accomplish the scale we are looking at we become a route to market for people,” Chadha said, “and we already have NDAs with a lot of people for this. So all this will enable the phone’s price of Rs. 251.”
As far specifications, The Freedom 251 packs in a 4-inch qHD IPS display, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage, a microSD expansion of up to 32GB, 3.2-megapixels on the back, a 0.3-megapxeil front snapper, and finally a 1,450mAh battery. On the connectivity front, the handset is equipped with 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, and GPS.
At the time of writing this article, they resumed bookings, so we’ve tried to order a Freedom 251 smartphone, but still we couldn’t complete the order. The company said that the website glitch would be resolved within 24 hours, but the order page throws back to the home page upon hitting the ‘Order now’ button. It seems the only thing the company has resolved is that it replaced ‘Pay now’ option with ‘Order now’.