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This is what it’s like to use India’s $4 smartphone

Later this summer, Indian company Ringing Bells is launching a smartphone that costs less than $4, according to the BBC.  The device has the waiting public asking: How functional can a smartphone that cheap really be? A journalist for the BBC  took the Freedom251 smartphone for a spin and found that while the specs were impressive … Continue reading “This is what it’s like to use India’s $4 smartphone”

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Later this summer, Indian company Ringing Bells is launching a smartphone that costs less than $4, according to the BBC.  The device has the waiting public asking: How functional can a smartphone that cheap really be?

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A journalist for the BBC  took the Freedom251 smartphone for a spin and found that while the specs were impressive for a $4 phone, it didn’t have a lot of functionality beyond the basics. Pre-loaded apps include a music player, web browser, email, and a calculator. Its unclear whether users will be able to download more apps from Google Play or any another app store.  The phone is set to launch on July 7. 

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