Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Chrome and Ad BlockPlus users

1.Press the ‘ABP’ icon in your toolbar at top right of this page

2. Click on ‘Enabled on this site’; this should now change to ‘Disabled on this site’


chrome



For Chrome and Ad Block users

1.Press the ‘AdBlock’ icon in your toolbar

2.Select the option ‘Don’t run on pages on this domain’ and then click ‘exclude’ on the pop up


chrome

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Mozilla and AdBlock Plus (ABP) users

1.Press the ‘ABP’ icon in your toolbar

2.Select the option ‘Disable on hindustantimes.com’


chrome

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Internet Explorer and AdBlock Plus users

1.Press the ‘AdBlock Plus’ icon in your status bar at the bottom of the screen

2.Select the option ‘Disable on hindustantimes.com’


chrome

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Safari and AdBlock users

1.Press the ‘AdBlock’ icon in your toolbar

2.Select the option ‘Don't run pages on this domain’ and then click 'exclude'


chrome

Everything that is wrong with Freedom 251, world’s cheapest smartphone

  • Pranav Dixit, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 19, 2016 17:40 IST
The phone – that buyers can purchase for Rs. 251 from the company’s website from Thursday -- will be launched at a high-profile function attended by defence minister Manohar Parrikar, senior MP Murli Manohar Joshi and Madhya Pradesh legislator Omprakash Sakhlecha in Delhi at 7pm (Sanchit Khanna/ HT Photos)

The Freedom 251 may be the world’s cheapest smart phone but the device released by Noida-based Ringing Bells is riddled with problems, including a possible copyright infringement of Apple’s iconic iPhone, HT has found.

The phone – that buyers can purchase for Rs 251 from the company’s website from Thursday -- was launched at a high-profile function attended by senior BJP MP Murli Manohar Joshi and Madhya Pradesh legislator Omprakash Sakhlecha in Delhi at 7pm.

Ringing Bells has called the phone “India’s most affordable smartphone” in full-page newspaper ads, pitching it as a huge push for the government’s Make in India and Digital India initiative.

But when HT got its hands on a Freedom 251 unit, it had multiple problems.

A Ringing Bells spokesperson refused to answer any of HT’s questions stating they have not actually seen the phone.

COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

Most built-in app icons on the Freedom 251 are a direct copy of icons on Apple’s iPhone. Take a look at the screenshot below for a side-by-side comparison of the icons on the Freedom 251 and the iPhone. Even the web browser app is a rip-off of Apple’s Safari browser that only exists on iPhones, iPads, and the Mac.

MISMATCH

The phone doesn’t look anything like Freedom 251’s photos on Ringing Bell’s website. Here’s a side-by-side comparison. The model we received looks closer to an iPhone, complete with a round home button.

MADE IN INDIA?

The front of the Freedom 251 is emblazoned with a shiny brand name that says Adcom. In the phone that was sent to HT, this logo was covered up with whitener.

A quick Google search revealed Adcom is a New Delhi-based importer of IT products. This particular model is listed on multiple e-commerce websites including Gadgets360, Amazon, Snapdeal and Shopclues for approximately Rs. 4,000.

When HT got in touch with Adcom, the company’s marketing head denied any knowledge of Adcom’s logo being used on the device. “We have no idea that our branding is being used on the Freedom 251,” Adcom’s marketing head Deepanjali Arora told HT. “We will look into this.”

BROKEN PROMISES

The phone’s official website says Freedom 251 will be pre-loaded with the Swachh Bharat app, a women’s safety app, and YouTube, WhatsApp, and Facebook, among others.

However, the model that HT received did not have any apps pre-loaded.

“These apps will be there in the version of the phone that we actually sell,” a Ringing Bell spokesperson told Hindustan Times. “This is just a preview version of the phone that we’re giving to media to try out.”

From Around the Web
Sponsored by Revcontent

also read

Brain-print scans more accurate than fingerprint ones
Show comments