After creating a whirlwind of claims about the “world’s cheapest smartphone” – the Freedom 251 – Ringing Bells suddenly went out of picture when the time came for the delivery of the devices. People made bookings, but there was no news of the deliveries. Consequently, company managing director, Mohit Goel was arrested and jailed for six months for failing to deliver the phones to the customers. However, Goel has now been released and once again claims that he can deliver the Freedom 251 within the next four months.
“My vendors didn’t deliver on time and I failed. Our company’s President Ashok Chadda is still languishing in jail. I need one opportunity to come back clean and provide people handsets by March-April next year,” Goel told IANS, adding that he is not planning anything else at the moment but to focus on his “Freedom 251” dream.
BGR India has reached out to the company, and awaits a response.
Goel says that he can still make the delivery of the phone possible by March-April 2018, if the government offers him enough support. He complains that the government did not come to his support despite his commitment to ‘Make in India’ and ‘Start-up India’ initiative by providing every single Indian citizen with a smartphone.
“The big players today have adopted my model and are now giving smartphones for as little as Rs 1,300, like Karbonn. The Jio model for paying Rs 1,500 in advance for a smartphone is similar. They have deep pockets so they can afford but why don’t people ask them how they are making smartphones so cheap?” Goel says.
This Sunday, two people have been arrested for allegedly cheating Ringing Bells. According to a complaint filed by Mohit Goel, the accused had struck a deal with him for supplying economical mobile phone sets, and they failed to deliver even after the company paid them the advance.
The accused Vikas Sharma, 35, and Jeetu, 40, both residents of Delhi, who allegedly took nearly Rs 3.5 crore from Ringing Bells for delivering handsets, were sent to Dasna jail, Noida’s Superintendent of Police, City, Arun Kumar Singh told IANS.
“I paid the duo nearly Rs 3.5 crore and, in return, they cheated me. They siphoned off the money and did not deliver any phone. In February this year, some distributors filed a case against me and I was jailed for six months. Now with the fresh arrests, people will come to know why I failed to deliver on my promise,” Goel claims.