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Telecom ministry assessment doubtful about 'Freedom251'

Taking the world by surprise, the firm on Wednesday launched 'Freedom 251' smartphone that, it said, has been developed 'with immense support' from the government

 

The telecom ministry has done an internal assessment on viability of the handset 'Freedom251', being touted as the world's cheapest smartphone at Rs.251 (less than $4), and found such a device cannot be offered for not less than Rs.2,300-2,400, say informed sources.
 
"An internal assessment was done by the telecom ministry from the day the phone was launched. Officials have found that such a handset cannot be offered for less than Rs.2,300-2,400," an official source told IANS.
 
Noida-based startup, Ringing Bells, which is promising the world's cheapest "Make in India" smartphone, on Friday claimed to have received nearly five crore registrations in just two days of opening up for online pre-orders.
 
Ringing Bells president Ashok Chadha told IANS that since the company will hand over 25 lakh "Freedom 251" phones to the people who have registered for it online, the firm is now considering whether to stop the registration process which was supposed to go on till 8 p.m. on February 21.
 
Taking the world by surprise, the firm on Wednesday launched "Freedom 251" smartphone that, it said, has been developed "with immense support" from the government.
 
There are, however, some apprehensions about its final appearance and performance. It looks similar to an Apple iPhone. All the icons of the built-in app are a pixel-to-pixel copy of Apple's iOS icons.
 
"Freedom 251" has a Android 5.1 operating system, a 4-inch qHD IPS display, a 3.2-megapixel primary and a 0.3-megapixel front camera.
 
The smartphone comes with pre-installed apps like Swachh Bharat, Women Safety, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, among others.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.
 

 

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Jat stir: Maruti Suzuki suspends production

Due to the Jat agitation in several parts of the state including the worst hit Rohtak, Jhajjar, Bhiwani and Sonipat, many workers in the three plants of the Maruti Suzuki remained absent

 

Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) on Saturday temporarily suspended the manufacture of cars at its facilities in Manesar and Gurgaon due to the ongoing Jat agitation, a company spokesperson said.
 
"Owing to the agitation, supplies of certain components have been disrupted. As a consequence, the company has had to temporarily suspend manufacture of cars," a company spokesperson said in a statement.
 
Due to the Jat agitation in several parts of the state including the worst hit Rohtak, Jhajjar, Bhiwani and Sonipat, many workers in the three plants of the Maruti Suzuki remained absent.
 
"Company management has decided to suspend work during B and C shifts on Saturday. Workers have been informed through SMS. The situation will be reviewed next week," worker's union leader Kuldeep Janghu told IANS.
 
He said that number of workers coming from nearby districts could not reached to factory due to Jat stir as protesters blocked rail and road traffic.
 
"The company is making efforts to arrange the components from other sources. Once the supply of components is restored, normal operations will resume," further read the company's statement.
 
The combined output from Manesar and Gurgaon is currently about 5,000 vehicles per day.
 
Haryana has been on boil with Jat community agitating demanding reservations in government jobs and educational institutions.
 
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Delay in video streaming increases stress: Ericsson

Ericsson's Mobility Report revealed the impact of different levels of network performance on smartphone users and their perceptions of mobile operators and digital content providers

 

Stress incurred during a six-second delay in video streaming is equivalent to the anxiety of taking a math test or watching a horror movie alone, a report by Swedish communication technology giant Ericsson said.
 
The report also said this stress is greater than the stress experienced by standing at the edge of a virtual cliff, announced a press release from the company here.
 
Ericsson's Mobility Report revealed the impact of different levels of network performance on smartphone users and their perceptions of mobile operators and digital content providers.
 
"Delays in loading web pages and videos under time pressure caused mobile users' heart rates to rise an average of 38 percent. Also, once a video begins, an additional pause can cause stress levels to increase dramatically," the report said.
 
In the study, the Net Promoter Score (NPS) of an operator increased significantly when associated with a delay-free experience -- by 4.5 points.
 
"However, the operator's NPS dropped on average four points with moderate time-to-content and re-buffering delays. Interestingly, moderate delays result in a double negative for mobile operators: decreased engagement with their brand and increased engagement with competitors," the report highlighted.
 
The Net Promoter Score is an index ranging from -100 to 100 that measures the willingness of customers to recommend a company's products or services to others.
 
The report said social networking is second only to video for driving mobile traffic growth and over the next six years total social networking traffic will be around 12 times that of the previous six years.
 
Out of the 68 million mobile subscriptions added in the fourth quarter of 2015 worldwide, India topped with the most (21 million) subscriptions, followed by China (six million) and the US (five million) on the second and third spots.
 
There are now one billion 4G/LTE subscriptions worldwide, with approximately 160 million additions in the fourth quarter of 2015.
 
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