Earlier this year, India’s Ringing Alarms caused quite a stir when it announced that it would be coming out with the smartphone for the equivalent associated with $4 (₹251). After allegations of fraud, which resulted in an investigation by the government, the organization is finally ready to ship the handset. Ringing Alarms founder and CEO Mohit Goel has announced that over 200, 000 units of the Freedom 251 will start going out to pre-ordered customers through June 30.
In an interview with Indian Express, the executive said:
We are ready with nearly two lakh ‘Freedom 251’ handsets. We will begin delivery from June 30.
The 200, 000 units will be the first batch of units, with more as you go along. Before its website crashed, the company took in a staggering 70 million registrations:
We learned from our mistakes and decided to go silent till we create the product. Now we have a 4-inch, dual-SIM phone ready for shipping. I feel vindicated.
The device itself offers a 4-inch -WVGA (800 x 480) display, 1 . 3GHz quad-core PROCESSOR, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD slot machine, 3. 2MP camera, 0. 3MP front shooter, 3G, WiFi 802. 11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1450mAh battery, along with Android 5. 1 Lollipop.
While Indian counts several great budget phones, making a handset to get $4 is extremely challenging. Goel said that the company will at first make a loss of ₹150 ($2. 20) on each unit, but with enough demand, it really is looking to become profitable later on:
We are going to have a loss, but I am happy that the dream of hooking up rural and poor Indians as part of the ‘Digital India’ plus ‘Make in India’ endeavours has been fulfilled with ‘Freedom 251’.
Our devices are completely ‘Make in India’ and were manufactured with our Haridwar-based manufacturing unit. We all plan to sell two lakh devices every month.