Docoss, an unheard of company based out of Jaipur, has suddenly come under limelight by promising a 3G Android smartphone for just Rs 888. But it seems to have all the signs of being yet another Freedom 251, the Noida-based company that said it would launch an Android smartphone for Rs 251. Also Read - Docoss X1 hands-on video, photos posted online to prove Rs 888 smartphone is realAlso Read - Docoss X1: 5 reasons you shouldn't fall for the Rs 888 3G Android smartphone
Their first smartphone, the Docoss X1, boasts a 4-inch display, a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. It has a 2-megapixel rear and VGA front cameras. It also claims to have dual-SIM card slots with 3G connectivity and Wi-Fi. It runs on Android KitKat 4.4. Also Read - Docoss X1, the Rs 888 3G Android smartphone, could be another Freedom 251
While the specifications might sound antique, it certainly raises curiosity about a smartphone priced at Rs 888. However, ICA — the industry body of cellphone vendors in India — is skeptical about these claims and says that it is not possible to build a smartphone with these specifications and sell it for Rs 888.
“Many of these components are in junk condition and there might be chances of getting them at cheap for small volumes. But even then, the bill of material would be something like $22 (approximately Rs 1,460). Normally, the bill of material would be in excess of $30 (approximately Rs 2,000) and that does not include other costs and taxes,” Pankaj Mohindroo, national president of ICA, told BGR India.
This is not the first time we are hearing about a company that is promising to sell phones at unheard of prices. After Freedom 251, there was the case of another company called Mango Phone in Kerala, the promoters of which were arrested for duping the Bank of Baroda.
BGR India tried reaching out to Docoss by calling their customer care as well as the company phone number listed on the website. The customer care numbers have been unavailable since yesterday while the company’s phone number is constantly engaged.
In order to avoid cases like Freedom 251, Mohindroo suggests a change in the consumer protection act is required to protect the interests of consumers. The ICA is working on it but hasn’t formalized its recommendations to the government.
“Thankfully, most of these online players have cash on delivery, which is a defense mechanism of sorts that India has created. At the moment, it is not a menace and we should give them a longer rope for the time being,” Mohindroo added.
We would recommend our readers to exercise caution when it comes to such companies and not fall for these cheap marketing gimmicks.