Noida-based firm Ringing Bells officially launched the Freedom 251 smartphone in New Delhi on Wednesday. At the launch, the company said you can buy the Rs. 251 smartphone by heading to the official website freedom251.com and book your unit for delivery.
On Friday, Ringing Bells issued a statement saying there has been unprecedented demand for the Freedom 251 and it has temporarily suspended bookings. Earlier on Thursday, many users reported problems while trying to buy the smartphone. When we tried to buy a Freedom 251 unit, we were thrown back to the screen that asks for shipping details, and based on reports on social media we are not alone.
Things to remember before you buy the Freedom 251
- A general rule in life – if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
- Ringing Bells is an unknown brand with no track record in electronics, so it’s difficult to ascertain at this point what the quality of the final product and the after-sales will be like.
- We noted other concerns with our Freedom 251 review unit, though the company later told us it does not represent the final unit that will ship to customers.
- The company says it may take up to 4 months for your unit to ship – so keep that in mind before you book a Freedom 251. Given the company’s lack of any kind of a track record, there’s an outside chance that it may never ship at all.
- There seems to be no kind of return policy on the website, though it does say your Freedom 251 unit is covered by a one-year warranty.
Ringing Bells says bookings for the Freedom 251 will reopen on Friday. Now that you hopefully know what you are getting into, here are the steps to book your Freedom 251 unit:
- Head to the official website freedom251.com.
- Click on Buy Now button.
- Note that the Ringing Bells is charging Rs. 40 for shipping Freedom 251 to your home so the total you will need to pay is Rs. 291.
- Enter your shipping address, accept the terms and conditions and click on Pay Now to proceed to the payment page.
Note that the Freedom 251 cannot be shipped to an address outside India.
To refresh, the Freedom 251 is a Rs. 251 smartphone that comes with a 4-inch display, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage (expandable by up to 32GB), and runs Android 5.1.