You remember the sub N1500 phone that made headlines on various tech websites, AndroidNigeria included. Well, if you do not know the sub N1500 device is called Freedom 251 (read up here). Freedom 251 was touted by its Indian manufacturer, Ringing Bells, earlier this month as the cheapest smartphone in the world – which it undisputedly is, that has fairly decent specs. Ringing bells went on to make the device available for pre-order, with an expected delivery date in June this year.
Here is the latest development on the world cheapest smartphone,Freedom 251. According to reports from India Times, Ringing bells is refunding customers who placed orders for the device. Ringing Bells MD Mohit Goel has claimed that the company has refunded the money of all 30,000 customers and said that the company will accept cash on delivery for the smartphones.
This latest development further increases skepticism about the authenticity of the company’s product. The Freedom 251 hand-on image from the India press showed that the phone had a white patch that concealed the supposed name of the device manufacturers. Furthermore, Ringing Bells inability to deliver on their earlier touted cheapest 4G device, smart 101. The company announced that the device will be available on 25th February, which still yet to be seen.
What do you think about this device? is it a scam, perhaps a similar pun played by roadside phone sellers on unsuspecting/greedy passengers or is it genuine?