Remember Cute Mohit? The guy behind the so called Rs 250 phone is back in news. A day before the promised delivery, the owner of the shady company Ringing Bells is now asking the government to shell out Rs 50,000 crores. Using this money, he promises to deliver the dirt-cheap Freedom 251 smartphone to over 750 million Indians.
Those not in the know, RInging Bell’s Rs 251 phone comes with a 4-inch IPS screen. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core chipset, and has 1 GB RAM. Other features include 8 GB internal storage, 3.2 megapixel rear camera, microSD card slot, and 1450 mAh battery.
Those who placed pre-orders in February are supposed to receive the handset tomorrow. With the deadline a few hours away, the company seems to have finally learned the hard realities of maths. As reported by Indian Express, here’s Cute Mohit’s letter to the Prime Minister’s Office: “We have brought ‘Freedom 251’ which we offer on ‘Cash on Delivery’ terms but we have a gap between the BOM (Bill of Materials) and the Selling Price. We, therefore, humble request government support to actualise the objective to cascade the availability and usage of smartphones all through the far reaches of our great nation”.
There is a very good chance that Ringing Bells will import and sell a first few thousand handsets just to get positive press coverage. Once, a bunch of naive people think that the company has fulfilled its promise, Ringing Bell will put pressure on the government to fund its
scam noble cause.
Ringing Bells expected to get into the television business soon. Its first panel is said to be a 32-inch HD LCD screen with LED backlight. The TV will be priced under Rs 10,000. The online registration madness will begin on July 25.