Why A $4 Phone Is Stirring Up Controversy
The inexpensive device will be shipping with a monetary loss on each phone sold
Indian company Ringing Bells has over 200,000 units of its super cheap smartphone, the Freedom 251, ready for shipping starting on June 30. The phone retails at Rs 251 (or less than $4 each). The phone runs on Android, with 1GB of RAM, a 1.3GHz processor, 8GB of internal storage, a rear and front-facing camera and a 1,800mAh battery.
Ringing Bells CEO Mohit Goel told the Indian Express that the company will still face a loss of up to Rs150 per unit. Whether the phone will live up to its promises remains to be seen. In February, the company showed supposed prototypes of the phone, which turned out to be Chinese-made phones with their branding covered. The device is facing controversy around whether a device at such a low cost can still be ethically and sustainably produced.