Bookings for the world’s cheapest smartphone, priced at Rs 251, have started again. Ringing Bells had suspended bookings of the Freedom 251 yesterday citing an ‘overwhelming response’ and ‘overloaded servers’. While it had given a 24 hours window, the company has quietly started taking bookings on freedom251.com again. Ringing Bells has also said that on day one it managed to garner around 30,000 orders for the Freedom 251. Also Read - World's cheapest smartphone 'Freedom 251' maker Mohit Goel arrested by Delhi policeAlso Read - Ringing Bells Freedom 251 headlines again, MD claims can still deliver phones by early 2018
Overloaded servers was one of the reasons for temporarily suspending bookings yesterday. Ringing Bells revealed that the website was recording over six lakh hits per second. Users also faced a few issues with the Pay Now button, which would take them back to the main page. Also Read - Two arrested for cheating Ringing Bell of Rs 3 crore
Despite all this, Ringing Bells director Mohit Goel revealed that the company had garnered over 30,000 bookings on day one. A bit of calculation reveals that the company has raked in over Rs 87 lakh on day one itself. As far as the money is concerned, “The money collected is being kept in an escrow account and the company won’t get the funds till the deliveries are done,” Goel told ET.
Ringing Bells plans to take a maximum of 25 lakh orders online, and another 25 lakh offline. Currently, if you book the Freedom 251, you won’t have to pay anything. The company says it will send the payment details over the next 48 hours. Ringing Bells is also promising that all booked devices will be shipped before June 30.
We have spent some time with the Freedom 251, which is not only a cheap iPhone knockoff, but also a rebadged Adcom Ikon 4. You can check out our first impressions of the smartphone here, as well as some benchmark scores and camera samples.
Freedom 251 specifications and features: The Rs 251 smartphone offers a 4-inch WVGA (800×480 pixels) display, 1.3GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB internal storage that can be further expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card.
The Freedom 251 also features a 3.2-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, VGA selfie camera, 1,420mAh battery, and connectivity options like dual-SIM card slots and 3G support. On the software front, it runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop.