Maker ‘3-Euro-smartphone “gives money back after fraud allegations

Mar

1

2016

People who have placed an order in India for the Freedom 251 smartphone just over three euros, get back their deposit. The manufacturer still claims to be supplying the actual devices, but now customers need to pay only on delivery.

Payment Provider CCAvenue has the money that people have paid to buy the Freedom 251 online paid back to the customers, writes Indiatimes. The repayment would put in motion by Ringing Bells themselves, the manufacturer of the low-cost smartphone. The company would have adopted this measure because of the many allegations of fraud. The manufacturer says still to deliver the device actually at the price of 251 Indian rupees, converted 3.40 euro. Customers do now pay only when they hold the phone.

It would go to the repayment of 30,000 trades of 14,800 customers. Many more people would have to buy the smartphone, but they have never received a confirmation with a link to pay. Opposite the Indian Gadgets360 says the manufacturer that there have been a total of 70 million subscriptions and the business units are ordered to make 2.5 million smartphones. The manufacturer, however, still has to figure out how the first 2.5 million customers can be selected from all entries.

After the introduction of the Freedom 251, the manufacturer came under scrutiny. Initially it was thought that the company would make smartphones with government subsidies. It was presented in the presence of an Indian minister and includes apps that were created by the government. But soon Ringing Bells let know that the company receives no subsidy and that the minister is “an old friend”. Also revealed that the device shown in fact a smartphone is also the Indian manufacturer Adcom, whose logo was taped.

The actual device has yet to be produced. The Freedom 251 is an Android smartphone with 4 “-IPS screen with a resolution of 960×540 pixels. There are 1GB of RAM and 8GB of available storage, which is expandable with a micro SD card of up to 32GB. The SOC has four cores at a speed of 1.3 GHz and a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus present.

It seems unlikely that Ringing Bells can manufacture a smartphone with these specifications for the listed price without making a loss. For that reason and because of uncertainty about the company itself, many people, including politicians from India, that it is scam. The manufacturer denies all accusations and says to deliver the Freedom 251 for late June.

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