World’s Cheapest Smartphone Launches in India for $4

Most of us expect a cheapo dumb-phone for $4 but apparently in India, standards are changing fast. After the world’s cheapest car and tablet, the country welcomes the cheapest smartphone in the world, called the Freedom 251, a phone which costs just $4.

We don’t know exactly what makes the phone so cheap but what you get in the end looks rather usable, at least on paper. Boasting a 4″ display on the front with 960 x 540 resolution, the 251 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, which is still elusive for most people around. Under the hood, you’ll get a 1.3 Ghz quad-core (that’s right) processor with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB (should be expandable).

The back even has a 3.2 megapixel camera, which should trump every other phone when it comes to the iconic megapixel-per-dollar ratio. To top that of, there’s even a 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera. The battery capacity is set at 1,450 mAh. The company which makes the device, Ringing Bells already has a bundle of experience when it comes to affordable smartphones. Apparently, it also has a 4G phone costing $30. Take that Xiaomi.

Regardless of all the wizardry however, no company can realistically bring a phone out for a price like that. The likely thing at play here is a government subsidy. The effort could also be a part of the Make in India initiative, which favors local production. More details on that front will likely be out soon as the sales of the early batch are already underway.

Remember, the Indian government also launched the cheap Akash tablet for students in 2011, costing less than $40. At a price like this, adoption is possible in even the most deprived of areas.


  • GGXD

    kia zamana na gia dosto ……

  • Found on internet

    • Zawyar Ur Rehman

      Lolz

      • Haroon

        Flash ha

    • Muhammad Yasir

      lol , nice parody !
      epic

    • abobobilly

      Well sh*T. This is the probably THE BEST ad i have seen for a ‘smartphone’. Whoever made this, sharp dude. “Free hay, but formality k liye 251 de do”. Lol.

  • Adeel

    Good Step

  • You do realize that it’s not possible and just a publicity stunt backed by Indian government?

    • Muhammad Yasir

      dunno man … seems pretty real to me.
      unless its a massive joke

      oh and last i heard … their website crashed due to massive traffic overload :p

  • Daniel

    Seems like a scam..

  • Bilal Iqbal

    next would be payment to adopt the phone to the customer… OMG… kuch to izzat rakh leni thi Smart Phone ki india walo.. had hi kar di yar

  • Adeel Alam

    Its a scam… First you have to pay in advance… Then after achieving the target company will start shipping these phones… Their website crahed… Which is few weeks old… Company it self is only 8 months old… There is neither government subsidy nor support… On investigation no one found in office of this mobile manufacturer… All landlines are dead…
    Source of information : technical guru ji on YouTube

  • KMQ

    400 rupees main tu ek killo mutton bhi nahi aata bhai aur yahan smart phone bik raha hai :D

    Na karo yaar kam se kam 2-3 kilo jitni price tu rakho :p

    • Muhammad Yasir

      HAHAHA !

  • KMQ
    • Muhammad Yasir

      just subcontinent things :D

  • Muhammad Yasir

    this is insane !

    also a moment to pause and consider just what the f*** are we doing while India is light years ahead of us !