The sale of the World's cheapest smartphone kicked off this morning in India, but the sale has been stopped because of too high demand.
The Freedom 251 went ons sale this morning in India at 6am. The online sale of the world's cheapest smartphone has been halted as servers crashed. It is not clear how many orders went through successfully for the $3.70 smartphone.
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The website of the Freedom 251 smartphone has this statement up: "Dear friends, we are very grateful for your enormous response and your kind patronage and would submit that as of now we receive approx 6 Lacs hits per second as a result of which due to your kind overwhelming response servers are over loaded. We humbly submit that we are therefore taking a pause and upgrading the service and will revert within or before 24 hours. Once again our respectful thanks and gratitude for your support and patience. We look forward your return as soon as we are back online well within 24 hours."
This means Indian customers can try again to order the Freedom 251 on Friday here.
The Freedom 251 smartphone is the world's cheapest smartphone and set to stir up the Indian smartphone market. The Freedom 251 has a price of 251 Rupee, which is about $3.70 USD.
The Freedom251 features a 4-inch QHD IPS screen 1.3Ghz quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, up to 32GB via SD Card, 3.2MP rear camera, .3MP front camera, 1450 mAh battery, and 3G connectivity. The $4 smartphone runs Android 5.1. The smartphone comes pre-loaded with apps including Women Safety, WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, Fisherman, Farmer, Medical and more.
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The Freedom 251 is made by Ringing Bells, a company founded in 2015. India is a huge mobile marketing with a fast growth pace. India is the second largest mobile phone market behind China. A $4 smartphone will bring mobile phones to much more Indians that live on low incomes. The Freedom 251 is supported by the Indian Government. Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar launched the Freedom 251 at an event on Wednesday evening.