Man who promised 'Freedom 251' smartphone at Rs 251 is now behind bars

'Freedom 251' smartphone was launched in February 2016. The phone comes with a 4-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 540 X 960 pixels.

Mohit Goel, the Director of Noida-based Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd, who created a storm among the Indians after he promised to deliver smartphones at a throwaway price of Rs 251, has made it to the headlines again. This time for his arrest.

Mohit Goel was detained late on Thursday after a FIR was filed by Ghaziabad-based Ayam Enterprises, alleging that Ringing Bells defrauded it of Rs 16 lakh. In the FIR, Ayam Enterprises claimed it was persuaded by Goel and other company officials to take up the distributorship of “Freedom 251” smartphones in November 2015.

“We paid Rs 30 lakh to Ringing Bells through RTGS on different occasions. But it delivered us product worth Rs 13 lakh only. Upon follow-up, we could get products plus money totalling Rs 14 lakh,” the company said.

‘Freedom 251’ smartphone was launched in February 2016.  The phone comes with a 4-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 540 X 960 pixels.

The smartphone is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core and it comes with 1GB of RAM. It packs 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Ringing Bells Freedom 251 packs a 3.2-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 0.3-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

Ringing Bells, the manufacturer of the Freedom 251 smartphone, however, failed to deliver its promise. It had earlier offered pre-booking of the smartphone on its website but the delivery of the smartphone is still waiting.

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