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The director of Ringing Bells, the Indian $4 smartphone OEM, is arrested on allegations of fraud

About a year ago, the Indian company Ringing Bells made waves when it announced a ~$4 Android smartphone (Rs. 251), the Freedom 251. The device was definitely low-end, and the low price was mostly thanks to government subsidies. But now Mohit Goel, the director of Ringing Bells, has been arrested on allegations of fraud.

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[Update: Device Renders Replaced] For $4 You Can Get India's New Low-End Smartphone: Freedom 251

For $4, you can get an average cup of coffee, or two bottles of water, or maybe a decent sandwich. If you live in India, that same $4 can get you a brand new smartphone from handset maker Ringing Bells. Sorry, I meant $3.67 at the current exchange rate. Excuse me while my mind gets blown into teeny tiny pieces. WHAAAAAAAAAA?!

OK, I'm back. So we were talking about that new $4 $3.67 smartphone. It's called the Freedom 251 because it costs Rs. 251. Clever. It will be officially unveiled later today by Defence minister Manohar Parrikkar likely as part of his "Make in India" initiative which aims to move production lines to India, but the phone's official page is already up and we can spot some of its specs.

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