Is Docoss X1, priced at Rs 888, a re-incarnation of Freedom 251?

| Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 09:52
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Is Docoss X1, priced at Rs 888, a re-incarnation of Freedom 251?

At a tempting price of Rs 888, Docoss X1 may land on another scam

New Delhi: It was in February when Freedom 251, the cheapest smartphone ever, with a low-cut price of Rs 251 made headlines. Now, another company, Docoss Multimedia Private Limited, has launched a cheap phone - Docoss X1 - priced at Rs 888.

According to the company's website, the Docoss X1comes with a 4-inch display, a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex A7 processor with 1GB and 4GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 32GB via microSD card.

The phone runs the two-generation-old Android 4.4 KitKat version and supports 3G connectivity. It sports a 2-megapxiel camera on the rear and a VGA front-facing camera. The phone is backed by a 1,300mAh battery.

The company had opened bookings on its website and said registrations would close on April 29. It claims deliveries will start on May 2. However the website has crashed.

(Also read: FIR against 'Freedom 251' makers premature: Allahabad High court)

Its Facebook account handler has the message, "Dear Users due to receiving calls on previous SMS center number we are facing some issues on booking your order. To book your order type 'Your Name Address and pincode' send it to 7666204430. Kindly do not call on the SMS number."

The company's address is listed as "Third Floor, Happy Tower, Maharani Farm, Durgapura, Jaipur, Rajasthan."

Freedom 251 makers, Noida-based start-up Ringing Bells, received close to 60 million registrations in few days despite the company's website crashing a number of times. This was the start of a series of controversies for the phone makers.

While the controversy of Freedom 251 is still unclear, a smartphone at a tempting price of Rs 888 may land one at the receiving end of another scam.

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