According to Ringing Bells, Freedom 251 received 3.7 crore bookings on February 18 and 2.8 crore on the second day. On Saturday, the company received 85 lakh bookings after which it was suspended.
Freedom 251 booking was suspended on Saturday (3rd day of its launch) by Ringing Bells company after the response shocked the world and at the same time upset tens of thousands of people who tried to log onto freedom251.com, but were left disappointed. Ringing Bells website crashed on all these days leaving frustrated potential customers in its wake.
The makers of Freedom 251 smartphone which is touted to be the cheapest of its kind closed both online and offline bookings for it on Saturday, a day before originally scheduled.
“Till 11 am on Saturday, a total of 7.35 crore people have booked the `251 smartphone. We had to shut down online bookings because we are prepared to deliver only these many handsets,” said Mohit Kumar Goel, founder of Ringing Bells.
The company said it will begin delivering the handsets from April and expected to finish the process by 2016 end.
The company’s website was plagued with problems since the bookings opened. It also came under criticism from various quarters for the low pricing, with the Indian Cellular Association urging the telecom ministry to look into it.
But Goel maintained that he will not import China-made phones to deliver on his promises. He claimed to set up 20 manufacturing units across the country and create 4.5 lakh jobs. In a month and a half, Goel said, he will set up the first plant.