NOIDA: The man who stunned everyone by announcing a smartphone for Rs 251, the world’s cheapest, claimed on Thursday 2 lakh units of the phone are ready and will be distributed over a month.
The phone is from Taiwan and has been assembled in Haridwar, but 2 lakh is the maximum his company, Ringing Bells, can do right now, its founder and owner Mohit Goel told TOI. “If the project is not supported by the government, it cannot go ahead,” he said.
But the limitation with his current venture is not stopping Goel from thinking ahead. “I am launching the cheapest 32-inch LED TV at Rs10, 000. There is no pre-booking for it,” he said.
Since he announced Freedom 251 , as the phone is known, this February, arousing curiosity and suspicion in equal measure, Goel and his company have been under close scrutiny of the government, police and buyers. Ringing Bells will distribute the phones to those who have booked it through a cash-on-delivery mechanism. “This phone is from Taiwan. We imported it via a third party in a knocked down format of 26 pieces. It was assembled and branded in a Haridwar factory. We have 2 lakh phones and we will deliver them over a month a staggered manner. This is the maximum we can do at the moment,” Goel said.
Alasiahgari Chinnaiah Gurunath
Good start. After supply of 2 lakh pieces, let him approach Government for support. Govt.could think of supporting him under the MAKE IN INDIA policy.
modi is such a laughing stock… now look at NSG efforts…. jhahahaah… he tried his best and failed on someting that is not required… what a shame..
He is not making in India. He is just assembling imported things here.
still better thn importing, once he has money he can manufacture as well later
If he is successful to get customers satisfaction, big companies may kill him, be aware Goel ji.
make in india…
heat and envy of competition might put this man”s life in danger, either the mobile gets bad reputation or it will be seen as a threat for other competitors
It”s time to discard Chinese phones and Chinese made as they are the only hurdle for india for india beconing a member of NSG . let”s discard all Chinese stuff ….and throw in garbage .
If this mans pilot project is successful, I will surely give him 10 points for the Make in India effort. The Gove should support him and entrepreneurs like him.
This is reduce the monopoly of these mobile companies which sell the mobile on such high price…i support such companies and startups.
phone costs 1000 and he sells for 250… vedic mathematics at full display. rss must be very happy.