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An Indian company is due to launch what is being billed as the world's cheapest smartphone.
Ringing Bells said their Freedom 251 phone would be priced under 500 rupees (£5; $7.3), but Indian media reports said it would cost just 251 rupees ($3.67; £2.56).
Reports say the phone has 8GB storage and cameras in the front and back.
India is the world's second-largest mobile market and has one billion mobile phone subscribers.
Freedom 251 is expected to target a market already dominated by low-cost handsets.
"This is our flagship model and we think it will bring a revolution in the industry," the AFP news agency quoted a spokeswoman as saying.
originally posted by: ufoorbhunter
a reply to: butcherguy
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: ufoorbhunter
If thing are as I suspect, then it will not be bringing about the manufacturing exodus that you fear.
originally posted by: skywatcher44
I read somewhere that the average hourly wage in India comes out at $0.40 so Ten hours work affords you a Smartphone @$4
In the US/UK/ Euro 10 hours of minimum wage will get you a smarter phone..
Testers in India have gotten their hands on the device, and sure enough, it sports the newer, uglier design. The oddities don't stop there. The company selling the Freedom 251 is called "Ringing Bells" but the hardware sent to testers was actually built by Adcom and carries Adcom branding. On the front of the device is an Adcom logo, which was obscured with... correction fluid? The the Adcom logo is actually covered up with a white blob right on top of the bezel. This editing can be easily removed to show the logo beneath.
It seems the device sent to testers is actually the Adcom Ikon 4. Rebranded phones aren't that uncommon (if you can call a Wite-Out coverup a "rebranding") but this one is problematic given Ringing Bells' sales pitch for the device. First, Adcom is a Chinese company, which casts doubt on Ringing Bells "assembled in India" claim. Second, Adcom doesn't actually seem to be involved with the Freedom 251. When asked about the device, Adcom’s marketing head told The Hindustan Times, “We have no idea that our branding is being used on the Freedom 251. We will look into this.” Third, the Adcom Ikon 4 actually costs about $54 (Rs. 3699) or about 14 times more than the Freedom 251's advertised $3.64 price. Something doesn't add up here.