Freedom 251: delivery from tomorrow, seeking for government’s help
When we reported the news about Freedom 251 deliveries by June 30, we were a little skeptical about the company. However, the company soon announced that they will be delaying the launch date by a week, into July.
Mohit Goel, CEO – Ringing Bells, even went on to comment that there are 2 Lakh units ready for dispatch, but nothing came out of it. In a new development, the company has delayed the actual dispatch date to 8th July, making us more uncomfortable about our optimism.
“The first batch of 5,000 ‘Freedom 251’ devices will finally be out for delivery from July 8 and the receiver will have to pay Rs. 291 (including Rs. 40 as delivery charge) to get the unit,” says Mohit Goel.
The CEO also claims that initially they were making a loss of Rs. 930 per handset, which cost Rs. 1,180 to manufacture. However, with the revenue from advertisements on RInging Bells’ website, the company recovered a decent sum of money. Finally the total loss on the smartphone is now Rs. 180 to Rs. 270.
Ringing Bells has reached out to the Government to provide it some incentives to cover up the losses, a desperate attempt to make headlines in the market. A plea that goes beyond science and technology, to human emotions so as to get some benefits from the Government.
Ringing Bells’ letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi :
“We have brought ‘Freedom 251’ which we offer on ‘Cash on Delivery’ terms but we have a gap between the BOM (Bill of Materials) and the Selling Price. We, therefore, humble request government support to actualise the objective to cascade the availability and usage of smartphones all through the far reaches of our great nation.”
Mohit Goel went on to say that if the Government contributes Rs. 50,000 Crores, he can ensure 750 million of India’s population would be able to use the smartphone. This is his way of convincing the Government to offer them the capital required to support digital India.
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