Indian Cellular Association says minimum price for 3G phone is Rs 2700. It is not possible to offer phone at Rs 251. A little-known Indian company has announced grand plans to sell millions of Made-In-India smartphones for less than $4 a piece, despite the fact that it has only been in the smartphone business for five months and has yet to build a factory.
We do not know why they choose Rs. 251 as the market price for the phone, but it is so close to the average daily income per capita, that you might think the number was deliberately chosen. It is lower than the minimum daily wage of approximately Rs. 350 set by the government. In rural areas, the unskilled wage rate under NREGA is lower than Rs. 250 in all states except Haryana, where it is exactly Rs. 251!
Its Features are –Ringing Bells Freedom 251
- 4-inch (960 x 540 pixels) qHD IPS display
- 3GHz quad-core processor
- 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
- Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
- Dual SIM
- 2MP rear camera with LED flash
- 3MP front-facing camera
- 3G,WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth, GPS
- 1450mAh battery
As we ask the government is this policy for urban areas people or poor people. But mostly interested by a cities people. There are also doubts about the sustainability of the price model. Currently, the other cheapest smartphones available in the market are priced around Rs 1,500. Last year, DataWind had announced that it is teaming up with Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Communications to launch the world’s most affordable smartphone, priced at Rs 999. The phone is yet to hit the market.
Company’s logic- Ringing Bells president Ashok Chadha says the price would be achieved by manufacturing in India at facilities the company is setting up in UP and Uttarakhand. The economies of scale would kick in once the company reaches a manufacturing capacity of 5 lakh units a month.
At this price there is no one in India who doesn’t own a Smartphone and everyone should be online in recent years. Indian Cellular Association president Pankaj Mahindra said “this pricing is not possible under any circumstances, even if the components are made in India.”
In fact, the Freedom 251 carries a Tricolour sticker on the rear panel to conceal the Adcom branding. Also, the phone has to be booked online, a feature that might prove a stumbling block for lots of people who might actually benefit from the devices. The company has suggested an offline model later but that will not be before June 30. By then we should have a clear idea about what this is all about. still website is not working properly.
via- various Resources..