Freedom 251, the smartphone costing Rs 251 and billed as the cheapest smartphone in the world, clocked up 6 lakh hits per second shortly after it went on sale online at 6 am on Thursday.
Freedom 251 Controversies
Ringing Bells, the maker of the smartphone, said the server of its website freedom251.com went down as a result of the traffic.
Ringing Bells issued an online notification to visitors looking to buy the smartphone, saying, "We are very grateful for your enormous response and your kind patronage. As a result of your kind overwhelming response, servers are overloaded. We humbly submit that we are therefore taking a pause and upgrading the service and will revert within or before 24 hours."
View Gallery: Ringing Bells Launches Freedom 251 Smartphones
Priced at Rs 251, Freedom 251 has roused the curiosity of people worldwide.
It is said to pack a four-inch display with a 1.3Ghz quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 8GB internal memory expandable up to 32 GB, 1450mAh battery, 3.2 megapixel rear camera and 0.3 megapixel front camera.
App wise, the gadget claims to come with pre-installed apps like Bharat, Women Safety, Fisherman, Farmer, Medical, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and Google Play.
How to Buy Freedom 251
Go to www.freedom251.com
Click Buy Now button on the Home page
Ringing Bells charges an additional 40 Rs for shipping, taking the total cost to 291 Rs.
Fill in your shipping address and accept the terms and conditions.
Click on Pay Now to proceed to the payment page and furnish payment details.
NOTE: Freedom 251 cannot be shipped outside India.
Wait, Five Things You May Want to Consider
1. When something sounds too good to be true, waiting for a bit is not a bad idea.
2. Ringing Bells is a little-known brand; its track record in electronics is unclear. Not much is known about the quality of the product and the after-sales service.
3. It may take up to four months for shipment.
4. You have a one-year warranty, but there's no returning it.