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Fans Were In For A Disappointment On Thursday Morning After Freedom 251 Website Failed To Open. The Much-awaited Sale Of Freedom 251 Which Started From 8 AM Faced Crticism After The Site Crashed Failing To Huge Traffic.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Devika Chhibber | Updated on: 18 Feb 2016, 04:25:46 PM

New Delhi :

Fans were in for a disappointment on Thursday morning after Freedom 251 website failed to open. The much-awaited sale of Freedom 251 which started from 8 AM faced criticism after the site crashed failing to huge traffic.

Failing to book the phone, some protests were reported in Noida at Ringing Bell's office.

After the glitch on Thursday, the booking was closed for at least 24 hours to upgrade the server. The message on the site appears for those who are willing to pay for the phone, it read:

"Dear friends, we are very greatefull for your enormous response and your kind patronage and would submit that as of now we receive approx 6 Lacs hits per second as a result of which due to your kind overwhelming response servers are over loaded.

We humbly submit that we are therefore taking a pause and upgrading the service and will revert within or before 24 hours.

Once again our respectfull thanks and gratitude for your support and patience. We look forward your return as soon as we are back online well within 24 hours."

On Wednesday, at the launch of the cheapest phone, Ringing bell company said that the smartphone priced at Rs 251 will now be available for online booking.

However, on Thursday morning the site was unaccessible at 8.55 AM. This comes at a time when online shoppers from all over India were racing to register themselves among the first list of buyers.

With a price as cheap as Rs 251, few would like to miss the opportunity.  

Controversies:

  • The company claimed that all orders will be processed and delivered by June 30. A similar initiative was made by tech manufacturers Datawind in 2011, which turned into a blunder after the company launched a series of extraordinarily cheap tablets, Aakash, priced at Rs 2500.
  • Notably, Aakash's advertising techniques are quite identical to the newspaper ads published by Ringing Bells. 
  • Some experts have also claimed that the design of Freedom is quite similar to Apple's which might raise a copyright issue with the tech giant soon if the sales will hit a high in Indian markets.

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First Published : 18 Feb 2016, 08:48:00 AM

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