Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Based on a complaint filed by BJP MP Kirit Somaiya from Mumbai North-East, Nodia police have registered an FIR against the top officials of Ringing Bells that claimed to sell the world’s cheapest smart phone Freedom 251.
The police have registered case against the Ringing Bells promoter Mohit Goel and president Ashok Chaddha. The officials were asked to show them of the manufacturing units and also of the necessary documents where the Freedom 251 mobiles were being manufactured and assembled. It may be recalled that BJP MP Murali Manohar Joshi and Madhya Pradesh legislator Omprakash Sakhlecha unveiled on February 18, 2016 Ringing Bells Smart Phone.
Ringing Bells Pvt.Ltd. was set up in September 2015 and began selling mobile phones via its website a few weeks agao under its Bell brand. The phone comes with a 4.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 540 pixels by 960 pixels .The Ringing Bells Freedom 251 is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core and it comes with 1GB of RAM. The phone packs 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via a micro SD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Ringing Bells Freedom 251 packs a 3.2-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 0.3-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The Ringing Bells Freedom 251 runs Android 5.1 and is powered by a 1450mAh removable battery. The Ringing Bells Freedom 251 is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor.
Meanwhile, Indian Cellular Association (ICA) has written to Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to get into depth of the issue saying the rate could not be below Rs.3,500 even after a subsidized sale. ICA National President Pankaj Mohindroo said in a letter that the product with all the features would be at least Rs.4,100 while it is being sold at Rs.251. He further said in the letter that there is no visible mobile operator subsidy involved in this. ‘We are bringing this to your kind notice, so that a scenario does not arise in the future, where the nation, the government of India, industry and trade are seen in a poor light’, he said in his letter.