Freedom 251 makers try to meet Modi, delivery postpone to July 6 The delivery of the world’s cheapest smartphone at Rs 251 (less than $4) can finally begin from July 7 and not June 30 as was proclaimed earlier, its makers same on Wednesdday, adding that they’re attempting to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi for garnering his support under the make in india initiative.
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Freedom 251 makers try to meet Modi, delivery postpone to July 6
According to Ringing Bells’ Founder and CEO Mohit Goel, they’re prepared with nearly two lakh ‘Freedom 251’ handsets. Freedom 251 makers try to meet Modi
“In the meanwhile, we’ve prepared a letter requesting a meeting with our Prime Minister to pitch our case as a domestic smartphone maker which desires to contribute towards ‘Make in India’ initiative,” Goel told IANS.
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“We are aiming to organise a launch event within the capital on July 7, a day after starting the delivery,” Goel added.
In an earlier interview to IANS, Goel had proclaimed June 30 the date for delivery, adding that once he’s done with this first section of delivery (of 2 lakh phones), he can open registration again for those who want to buy the handset.
The company had in time period this year planned to deliver 25 lakh handsets before June 30. However, it received over seven crore registrations before its payment gateway crashed within 3 days.
“We learned from our mistakes and decided to go silent until we embark with the product. now we’ve a 4-inch, dual-SIM phone ready for delivery. I feel vindicated,” he had told IANS.
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According to Goel, he’s facing a loss of Rs 140-Rs 150 per handset, for which parts were imported from Taiwan, but hopes to make profit on volumes.
“We will have a loss, however i’m happy that the dream of connecting rural and poor Indians as a part of the ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’ initiatives has been fulfilled with ‘Freedom 251’,” Goel said.
The 3G device has a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory and supports external memory cards of up to 32GB. No device was, however, given to IANS. only a photograph was allowed to be taken.
The company has offered an 8MP primary camera with flash, a 3.2MP front camera for selfie and a 1,800 mAh battery. It runs on android 5.1 (Lollipop).
The phone is offered in 2 colors — black and white — with centrally aligned rear camera and branding on the rear panel. it’s a speaker simply alongside the branding.
The device displays the Indian tricolor after you switch it on. the company has incorporated all the essential Google apps within the handset.
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“Our devices ar fully ‘Make in India’ and were manufactured at our Haridwar-based manufacturing unit. we plan to sell 2 lakh devices every month,” he said.
The company additionally aiming to launch a 32-inch high-definition led tv — also known as “Freedom” — within the first week of July.
“These are the most affordable tv sets in india and can be available for less than Rs 10,000. within 2 days, the delivery would be created and that we can sell them online,” Goel said, adding that the company presently has one lakh such pieces available. Freedom 251 makers try to meet Modi
In comparison, the price of 32-inch HD led TV sets normally begins from Rs 13,000.