The £3 smartphone is finally here: World`s cheapest mobile aimed at connecting rural India will ship this week

The world”s cheapest smartphone costing just £3 is finally set to begin shipping later this week in an attempt to connect poorer regions of India

article source: Dailymail.co.uk

  • First phase of shipping for Freedom 251 finally set to begin on June 30
  • Shipping delayed in February after 7 million visitors crashed website
  • Comes with a four-inch screen, 8MP rear camera and 3.2MP front camera
  • Critics claimed it would be impossible to create smartphone for that price


The world”s cheapest smartphone costing just £3 is finally set to begin shipping later this week in an attempt to connect poorer regions of India.

Aiming to make internet access affordable to millions of people across the country, the Freedom 251 device goes on sale on June 30 and will only be available to pre-registered users in India.

Despite briefly being available earlier this year, the manufacturers were forced to refund over 30,000 pre-orders and delay shipping after its website crashed.

Weight: 130g

Operating System: Android 5.1

CPU: 1.3 GHz Quad-Core

Memory : 1GB RAM

Rear camera : 8MP

Front camera : 3.2MP

Screen : 4-inch display

Internal Storage: 8GB (up to 32GB)

Battery : 1800 mAh

Developed by Ringing Bells, a technology firm based in Noida, more than 200,000 devices will be sold during the first phase of delivery.

Customers who registered their interest in the device will pay on arrival of the product, with many certain to miss out.

The gadget comes with a four-inch screen, an 8MP rear camera and 3.2MP front-facing camera.

Users of the phone will have 8GB of storage and 1GB RAM available to them, while a 1.3GHz quad-core processor powers the device.

Running on Android Lollipop 5.1, the gadget available in either black or white, comes pre-installed with Facebook, YouTube, Google Play and WhatsApp.

First unveiled in February, the firm”s website crashed after seven million people registered their interest just hours after it was announced.

In a notice to its customers soon after the outage, the company said it was receiving 600,000 hits per second on its website.

First unveiled in February, the firm”s website crashed after seven million people registered their interest just hours after it was announced (picture of original advert)

The Freedom 251 device goes on sale on June 30 in an attempt to improve internet access for millions of people. The manufacturers were forced to refund over 30,000 orders after its website crashed earlier this year

With the manufacturing cost of each phone claimed to be over £40, the firm is choosing to use innovative marketing techniques to showcase their device.

And they are hoping for a large volume of sales to help recover costs from production.

The Indian Cellular Association (ICA) previously said that a smartphone with specifications such as the Freedom 251 device has can not be manufactured for that price.

Although the company never discussed the economics behind their operation, analysts questioned the business model.

Tarun Pathak, an analyst at Counterpoint Technology Research, said: “It looks like it”s highly subsidized by the company and it”s not clear how they plan to sustain this.”

India is Asia”s fastest growing smartphone market with 103.6 million smartphones sold in 2015. Most Indians still buy cheap smartphones that cost less than £150.

Other attempts at cheap engineering in India have not been very successful.

A laptop costing just £7.50 was announced by the Indian government in 2008, but ended up costing over £75 by the time it reached the market.

 

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