Indian company launches super cheap smartphone

By Anastasia Subervi   |   Feb. 17, 2016 at 2:31 PM

NEW DELHI, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- An Indian company has launched what may be the world's cheapest smartphone at 251 rupees, or about $3.67.

Ringing Bells' Freedom 251 features a four-inch screen, 1 GB Ram, 8 GB of total storage, and cameras on the front and back.

The company aims to empower more of India's population with Internet access. Although India is the second-largest mobile market after China, just 19 percent of its people are online.

Some entrepreneurs doubt whether the price point is sustainable.

Sachin Gaur, a mobile businessman, told Sky News, "It's an artificial pricing and subsidized by companies and investors. It's got to have a longevity and be able to sustain itself."

The new smartphone, which is also a dual SIM 3G capable phone, was going on sale Thursday.

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