Smartphones cost way too much, this we all know. However, now thanks to a company in India, Ringing Bells, a rather useful smartphone will be going on sale there for just 251 Rupees or around $4 in US currency.
This new phone, called the Freedom 251, comes with many of the same features as other phones that cost many, MANY times the price.
The Freedom 251 has a 4-inch display, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, and a 1,450 mAh battery. It comes with a 3.2-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel front camera. The phone also comes with 8GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by another 32GB using a microSD card.
Surprisingly for its price, the Freedom 251 will run on Android Lollipop 5.1 and comes pre-installed with several apps. Besides Facebook, YouTube, Google Play and WhatsApp, it has apps that will be useful to farmers, fishermen and women, such as Swachh Bharat, Farmer, Medical and Women Safety.
The phone also comes with a one-year warranty and will be able to be serviced at over 650 locations across the country.
Ringing Bells, which was founded in 2015, has now produced four smartphones including a 4G phone that costs just 2,999 Rupees or $44 American.
Mashable does state that the reason for the low price point isn’t clear, but it was created as a part of the Indian government’s “Make in India” campaign so it could have received some subsidies to help keep the price down.
While that answer to that question may be unclear, I have another one: how can I get a smartphone with those capabilities here for just $4?