Among the spreading lots of controversy the Freedom 251 booking closed, on the other hand the smartphone make Ringing Bell has also come under the IT scanner. Ringing Bells, the makers of the world’s cheapest smartphone, today closed the booking for its ‘Freedom 251′ phone, citing heavy demand. However the original schedule for closing was on 21st Feb.
After the closing a notice on the Company’s website displayed as: “We appreciate and acknowledge that we may not have been able to meet the needs of all, but will definitely look forward to serving you again in the next phase.” The company said it has received more than 7 crore registrations.
Touted as the world’s cheapest smartphone, the Freedom 251 has been in news globally for several reasons. There were allegations that the company had showcased a rival company, Adcom’s handset, as its own. Also, the icons on the device looked similar to that of global technology giant, Apple.
Industry members have also complained against the company to the Telecom Ministry to dig deeper into the issue.
The ministry has sought a clarification from Ringing Bells for marketing its ‘Freedom 251′ mobile phone without a BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) certification and has also asked the Uttar Pradesh government to check the firm’s credentials.
Besides, it has also come under the scanner of excise and income tax departments with the I-T Department looking into the financial structure of the Noida-based company.
According to sources, the department has obtained documents, including those from the Registrar of Companies (RoC), in this regard.