New Delhi: Announcing that the most-awaited “Freedom 251” smartphone priced at less than $4 will go out for delivery from Friday, Noida-based Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd on Thursday also launched a 31.5-inch HD LED TV, four feature phones, two smartphones and three power banks at a packed event in the capital. While the HD LED TV is available for Rs 9,900, the four feature phones are available under the names of Hit (699), King (Rs 899), Boss (Rs 999) and Raja (Rs 1099).
The two smartphones — Elegant 3G and Elegant 4G — are available for Rs 3,999 and Rs 4,999, respectively. “We are focused manufacturers who keep in mind a tight perspective on Bill of Material (BOM), value engineering, productivity, cost of sales and economy of sales, etc. while deciding the prices of our products. It is for this reason that we have been able to pull out stunning deals for our customers and we will keep doing so,” Mohit Goel, Director, Ringing Bells, told reporters here. King and Boss feature phones come with 2.4-inch TFT display, 2MP primary camera.
The devices support up to 32GB of expandable memory via microSD card. While King has a 1,800mAh battery, Boss is backed by 2,000mAh battery. The specifications for Raja are the same as King, except it sports a larger 2.8-inch TFT display. Hit comes with 1.8-inch display, 2MP primary camera, 1,250mAh battery. The two smartphones have 5-inch HD IPS display, 1GB DDR3 RAM and 1.3Ghz Quadcore processor, 8MP rear and 3.2MP front camera. Elegant 3G sports a 2,500mAh battery while the 4G variant has a 2,800mAh battery. The company said it has tied up with RV solutions Pvt Ltd for the distribution of the devices.
The delivery of LED TVs will start from August 15. “For distribution of the products, we will be utilising online and offline channels. For offline, we have an extensive network of distributors and retailers gridding our phase 1 target geography,” Goel added. The first lot of 5,000 ‘Freedom 251’ devices will finally be out for delivery from July 8 and the receiver will have to pay Rs 291 (including Rs 40 as delivery charge) to get the unit.
“In order to digitally-empower every Indian, if I can get government support under the Digital India programme, I can ensure timely delivery of ‘Freedom 251’ phone to all citizens at the same price,” Goel said. “Freedom 251” has tied ups with apps such as hike that will come pre-loaded with the device. Goel also announced that over 95 per cent of company’s profit will be donated to charity.
He also clarified that the payment of first 29,200 units booked online on February 18 for Rs 84 lakh was received by payment gateway and was returned by the gateway itself. According to him, there were over 7.5 crore registrations and the company selected first batch recipients on the basis of a draw. “The cash will be paid by customers only on delivery of Freedom 251,” he added.
According to him, he initially faced Rs 930 loss on each ‘Freedom 251’ handset that cost him Rs 1,180 and for which parts were imported from Taiwan. “I recovered Rs 700-800 from app developers and revenue generated through advertisements on Freedom 251 website. After selling the device for Rs 251 (cash on delivery), the total loss per handset is expected to be in the range of Rs 180-270,” Goel told IANS in an interview on the eve of the launch. –IANS
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