The Ringing Bells Freedom 251 sounds weird, but it’s in India today for $3.66
Update 2: We have updated our header photo as Ringing Bells has given us renders of what the phone will actually look like.
Update: Ringing Bells has launched Freedom251.com to debut the 3G-enabled smartphone. The final price is Rs. 251 or $3.66 at current exchange rates and comes with a one-year warranty.
|Screen size||4 inches|
|Resolution||960 x 540|
|Pixel density||275 ppi|
|Storage||8GB (expandable thru microSD by up to 32GB)|
|Camera||3.2-megapixel rear/VGA front|
|OS||Android 5.1 Lollipop|
Pre-orders begin tomorrow, February 18 at 6am Indian. The site does not list physical retailers that will carry the phone, but we presume that it will take the step, one so necessary in modern-day India, sooner or later.
Our original story is below.
India might not like free internet at the cost of net neutrality, but it’s in sore need of connecting its disparate populace. Tie it together with an aggressive campaign to have local and multinational companies to “Make in India” and better the country’s business climate and you get a phone that will cost under Rs. 500 or $7.
Ringing Bells is less than a year old and has already launched India’s cheapest 4G phone at Rs. 2,999 ($44). It will launch the Freedom 251 later today at an unspecified low price, but it’s a price guaranteed to be the cheapest for any smartphone on Earth. The nation’s defence minister will be at the launch event, a sign that the government has heavily subsidized the project in line with its developmental prerogatives.
Last year, another manufacturer, DataWind, promised a Rs. 999 ($15) smartphone that has yet to be realized.