Freedom 251? Boy Grabs an iPhone 5S for Rs 68 from Snapdeal

Snapdeal not only had to sell an iPhone 5S for Rs 68, but also paid a penalty of Rs 2000 to Nikhil Bansal for denying him the discount in the first place.

Published: 18th February 2016 09:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th February 2016 06:04 PM   |  A+A-

iPhone 5S

The gold version of the iPhone 5S is displayed at an Apple store on September 20, 2013 | AFP

There have been times when consumers received bricks instead of smartphones from e-commerce websites. But in this extremely rare case, a student from Punjab university bought an iPhone 5S from Snapdeal for just Rs 68.

Even as social media were agog over the online sale of the so-called cheapest smartphone Freedom 251, Nikhil Bansal, an engineering student, managed to grab an iPhone at a discount of 99.7%.

The original cost of the gold iPhone 5S on Snapdeal was Rs 28,999, which after discount came down to Rs 68. But apparently the mentioned discount was a technical error.

How to Buy Freedom 251 Smartphone Online

Freedom 251: Can You Actually Buy Any Smartphone From Ringing Bells?

500 Crore 'Freedom 251' Project to be Funded by Promoters of Agri-belt: Ringing Bells President 

Nikhil booked the phone on Feb. 7 and filed a case in a consumer court in Sangrur district of Punjab when the e-commerce website failed to deliver the product. His allegation was that Snapdeal refused to give him the 99.7 per cent discount.

If you think Nikhil is a lucky chap, wait until you know what the court ordered Snapdeal to do.

The court not only made Snapdeal sell the product for Rs 68, but also to pay a penalty of Rs 2000 to Nikhil for denying him the discount deal.

When Snapdeal challenged the court’s verdict in a higher forum, it ended up in more pain for the e-commerce giant. Snapdeal lost there too and had to pay Rs 10,000 as fine to close the case.

View Gallery:
Ringing Bells Launches Freedom 251 Smartphones 


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp