Update: Now, the website works perfectly and you can place your order. For more information on how to order the Freedom 251, check out here.
Ringing bells started bookings for the Freedom 251 smartphone earlier on Thursday, but it seems the company didn’t expect that kind of demand, which crashed the site and had to take down the booking part of the site. The company stated that its dedicated site for Freedom 251 received around 6 lakhs hit per second, and that made its servers overloaded, and had to halt the bookings for the phone.
“Dear friends, we are very grateful for your enormous response and your kind patronage and would submit that as of now we received approx. 6 lakh hits per second as a result of your kind overwhelming response, servers are overloaded. We humbly submit that we are therefore taking a pause and upgrading the service and will revert within or before 24 hours. Once again our respectful thanks and gratitude for your support and patience. We look forward your return as soon as we are back online well within 24 hours,” the website mentioned.
However, earlier today, the bookings for the phone resumed, but still there has been some glitch on the site. When you are done with entering your shipping address and upon hitting on the “Order Now” button, the page either returns a blank page or takes you back to the homepage.
Ringing Bells director Mohit Goel told that 30,000 orders were booked on the first day. Also, the telecom ministry is closely monitoring the sales of the phone. “The ministry is keeping a close watch due to the huge consumer interest at stake,” a person familiar with the matter said. “An initial internal assessment of the ministry shows the price of the smartphone can’t be less than Rs 2,300 but the government won’t step in for now unless there’s a proven case of wrongdoing.”
The company isn’t new to controversies because the company has already been into several controversies, and the latest was that it offered the cheapest 4G smartphone last month, priced at Rs. 2,999, with deliveries, starting from February 25.
The Indian Cellular Association has written to the telecom ministry, stating that a phone with such specification would cost Rs. 3,500, at least, and the government should drill down to the bottom of the issue.