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Fake In India: Makers of Freedom 251 justify copying Apple designs

Noida-based Ringing Bells launches Freedom 251 - the cheapest smartphone ever in New Delhi.
Noida-based Ringing Bells launches Freedom 251 - the cheapest smartphone ever in New Delhi. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT Photo)

The Freedom 251 released by Noida-based company Ringing Bells, is the world’s cheapest smartphone. It costs 251 -- approximately $4 -- and raises more questions than answers.

The Freedom 251 released by Noida-based company Ringing Bells, is the world's cheapest smartphone. It costs 251 -- approximately $4 -- and raises more questions than answers.

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The phone, which, the company says will be pre-loaded with Government of India apps like Swacch Bharat, blatantly violates Apple copyright. All the icons of the built-in app are a pixel-to-pixel copy of Apple's iOS icons. Here's a screenshot below for comparison.

The images on the left and centre have been captured from the Freedom 251. On the right is a screenshot of Apple iOS. Notice any similarities?
The images on the left and centre have been captured from the Freedom 251. On the right is a screenshot of Apple iOS. Notice any similarities? ( )

When the Hindustan Times asked the company about possible Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) violation, Ringing Bells technical head Vikas Sharma said: "We used Apple's icons because Apple hasn't copyrighted its designs."

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