Are you one of those 70 million people who booked the world’s cheapest smartphone last year? We are talking about Freedom 251 phone here. To recall, Mohit Goel — the man behind the inception of the Freedom 251 phone — was arrested last year after he failed to deliver the phone to the customers. Goel was jailed for 6 months, but has now been released. Goel believes that if he gets support from the government — he can still deliver the handsets to the customers by March-April next year.
Goel lamented that the government did not come to his support despite his commitment to ‘Make in India’ and ‘Start-up India’ initiative by providing every single Indian citizen with a smartphone. He now seeks government support to live up to the promises to deliver the Freedom 251 phones to the customers who booked it. He also states the reason behind — why his company — Ringing Bell failed to deliver the phones.
According to Goel who’s the Managing Director of Noida-based Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd — two men, both residents of Delhi, allegedly took nearly Rs 3.5 crore from him for delivering handsets last year. But, the duo cheated on him and didn’t deliver the handsets. And that’s the reason why Goel failed to deliver the booked Freedom 251 handsets to the customers.
Speaking to IANS over phone, Goel said, “I paid the duo nearly Rs 3.5 crore and, in return, they cheated me. They siphoned off the money and did not deliver any phone. In February this year, some distributors filed a case against me and I was jailed for six months. Now with the fresh arrests, people will come to know why I failed to deliver on my promise.”
Soon after Goel filed the FIR, police on Sunday arrested the two persons — Vikas Sharma, 35 and Jeetu, 40 and are sent to Dasna jail, Noida’s Superintendent of Police, City, Arun Kumar Singh told IANS.
To recall, Goel was arrested in back in the month of February this year after an FIR was filed by Ghaziabad-based distributor Ayam Enterprises, alleging that Ringing Bells defrauded it of Rs 16 lakh. However, the Allahabad High Court later granted bail to Goel. The court had reportedly observed that a compromise was agreed upon between the parties involved in the case.
Well, now that Goel is released, he is still concentrating on his Freedom 251 dream and not planning anything else for the moment. Speaking to IANS he said, “My vendors didn’t deliver on time and I failed. Our company’s President Ashok Chadda is still languishing in jail. I need one opportunity to come back clean and provide people handsets by March-April next year.”
Goel further noted that, “The big players today have adopted my model and are now giving smartphones in as low as Rs 1,300, like Karbonn. The Jio model for paying Rs 1,500 in advance for a smartphone is similar. They have deep pockets so they can afford but why don’t people ask them how they are making smartphones so cheap?”
After announcing that it had delivered 5,000 ‘Freedom 251’ smartphones to customers in July last year, Ringing Bells said it would deliver 65,000 more to those who had booked the device in cash on delivery (COD) mode. The company in mid-February 2016 had planned to deliver 2.5 million handsets before June 30, the same year. Ringing Bells received mammoth — over 70 million — registrations before its payment gateway crashed.
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