Namotel Acche Din is a smartphone for just Rs 99
A Bangalore based company called Namotel has just launched the world’s cheapest smartphone, dubbed Acche Din (named after PM Narendra Modi’s campaign slogan). The company itself is named after Narendra Modi, so we wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some political spin involved here.
Anyway, back to the subject in hand, well, the Namotel Acche Din is priced at just Rs 99. Naturally, we’re taking this with a heavy dosage of skepticism. But if it’s any solace, the company is offering the smartphone via CoD, so you will not be required to spend money up front for the device. But that’s only half the story.
In order to be eligible to buy the handset, customers will have to register on bemybanker.com. Here they will receive user credentials which will then have to be used while registering for the phone on the Namotel website. This is where things get really shady. To become a member of bemybanker.com, users are supposed to pay a one-time membership fee of Rs 199.
So not only are you getting the handset for Rs 99, but also promoting another website in the process. We’re not sure what’s the nature of the relationship between the two companies, but it certainly doesn’t inspire confidence. Another caveat here is that the phone is only available for those with a Aadhar card at their disposal.
The Namotel Acche Din is said to be packing a 4-inch WVGA (480×800) display, a 2MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, 1GB RAM, 4GB of storage (expandable by 32GB using microSD) and Android 5.1 Lollipop. The site (namotel.com) is currently non-functional, but should be up soon.