News about this Indian smartphone spread in February 2016 and they sounded too good to be true. Everyone who heard about it had the same question. How can they sell it for 4$ when the development has to cost at least 10 times more?
Naturally, people were very curious to know how the company could sell an Android smartphone for so little, prompting the Indian Cellular Association (ICA) to write to India's telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to get some hard answers. The ICA also accused Ringing Bells of potentially fraudulent claims saying even the cheapest build-of-materials would cost about $40 for a phone with barebone specs such as Android 5.1, a 4-inch screen, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 1,450 mAh battery, and a 3.2-megapixel back and 0.3-megapixel front camera. Furthermore, there was no clear wireless carrier backing the $4 phone and providing subsidies on it to offer savings to customers. Just when things couldn't get any worse, it was discovered that the Freedom 251 was actually an illegally rebadged version of China's Adcom Ikon 4, which sells for about $54. Oh, and the app icons were basically ripped right off iOS. Things looked pretty bad for Ringing Bells but if you fast forward to the present time, this company is now ready to ship over 3 million pieces of Freedom 251!! "We learned from our mistakes and decided to go silent till we come out with the product. Now we have a 4-inch, dual-SIM phone ready for delivery. I feel vindicated," Goel told IANS. Goel says the company is losing money on every unit sold, but the goal is to allow rural and poor Indians to access the digital world. The phone specifications remain almost the same since the announcement with minor upgrades and updates. The rear camera's a higher resolution 8-megapixel shooter and the selfie camera is a 3.2-megapixel shooter. There's also a larger 1,800 mAh battery. The phone will be available in black and white. The rest of the specs are the same as the original: 4-inch screen, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. No one knows how this 4$ phone will work and function but when you take a look at its specs, it is much better than the first iPhone that was released for a price of $599. So it will definitely be worth a try! source - mashable.com
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