Freedom 251: Adcom Says It Sold Phones to Ringing Bells at Rs. 3,600 a Unit
The controversy surrounding Freedom 251, the Rs. 251 smartphone that captured the world’s attention, doesn’t seem to be dying down. After Ringing Bells, the Noida-based maker of the smartphone, earlier this week tried to reassure users by promising to refund the first phase’s 30,000 customers, now Adcom has issued a statement to dissociate itself from the company.
In an emailed statement to Gadgets 360, Sanjeev Bhatia, Founder & Chairman, Advantage Computers (Adcom), said the company had sold the handsets to Ringing Bells at Rs. 3,600 per handset, and did not know about the Noida-based company’s plans to resell the devices.
To recall, the company had showcased the Adcom Ikon 4 smartphones to media around its launch last month. Ringing Bells had then clarified that the handset it distributed is just an early prototype, and that the internal components are unique. “Only the body and touch panel come from Adcom,” President Ashok Chadha.
If Adcom’s statement is to be believed, then that is certainly not the case. In the meanwhile, another smartphone maker caused some controversy this week. Kochi-based mPhone Electronics and Technologies was due to launch its ‘Mango Phone’ or ‘mPhone’ range of smartphones on Monday, but two of the three brothers that helm the company were reportedly instead arrested from the launch venue due to pending bank fraud cases against them.