Freedom 251: Failure to Launch?

Freedom 251: Failure to Launch?
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Two days ago, we wrote about the launch of the cheapest smartphone to ever hit the market. The Freedom 251 is every bit the hit we expected and market’s reception to the product is an unprecedented success. Unfortunately, very few people were able to own the unit for the moment, as the site that sells the smartphone is having issues.


Consumers have taken to Twitter to express their frustration for having to wait as early as last night to buy the new Freedom 251 online. As of this time, going to the main page alone is proving cumbersome and you need to constantly refresh the page just to get in. The good news is, the new smartphone is a lot cheaper than reported earlier. Priced as low as 251 INR or approximately $4 USD, it’s definitely worth the wait.

While most of the Twitter rants center on how they’ve been clicking for hours on end, some came to mock the “Freedom Fighters” for even trying at all. A tweet from @joseph_biotek, who was able to actually purchase the phone, claims that delivery will be in 4 months. Whether this is true or an exaggeration on his part is impossible to confirm, given the current congested status of the site.

We were able to get a sneak peak of the Freedom 251 specs on the main page. Take a look:

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  • 4-inch qHD IPS display
  • 2 MP rear camera and 0.3 MP front camera
  • 3 GHz Quadcore processor
  • 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory with microSD support up to 32GB
  • 1450 mAh batter
  • Android 5.1
  • 1 Year warranty

The smartphone also comes with pre-installed apps like Google Play, WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube and others. While the smartphone’s launch is more or less a bust, it’s still a fine testament to the success of “Make in India” in manufacturing affordable handsets that everyone can truly afford. If only we could get the big players to do the same, we might just change the world.