BJP MP Kirit Somaiya has asked question on authenticity of Freedom 251 smartphone and said that it is a major scam in garb of cheap smartphone and requested TRAI, the Government of India, the Telecom Ministry, the Consumer Minister, Sebi and the Finance Ministry, to check his concerns.
Freedom 251, the cheapest smartphone on the planet is out for sale. Noida-based manufacturer Ringing Bells’ are offering Rs 251 smartphone on their website freedom251.com. Gadget lovers, as well as, smartphone aspirants are rushing to the site to order the product at the unbelievable price.
The excitement surrounding the launch of Rs 251 smartphone ‘Freedom 251′ is gradually being replaced with disappointment. Apart from business pundits warning users to be wary of the extraordinarily cheap priced phone, Bharatiya janata Party MP Kirit Somaiya raised questions at the pricing of the gadget and hinted towards a major scam.
According to Somaiya, this could most likely be a case of fraudulent investment. He has appealed the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Ministry of Telecommunication to undertake suitable inquiry. “Buyers should beware of the product. It appears like a ponzi scheme,” he said in a tweet which he deleted minutes late.
“Indian Cellular Association has also complained to Telecom Ministry to look into depth on claims made by company (Ringing Bell). Indian Cellular Association says minimum price for 3G phone is Rs 2700.
However, tech pundits opine that it could be a big scam, since such a smartphone with considerable specifications could not be sold at such a meagre price, with whatsoever the amount of subsidy offered by the government.