Volunteer Workers of NGO SNEHA Working For Women Empowerment At Dharavi
Volunteer workers of NGO SNEHA Prabhavati Jaiswar (from left), Nirmala Jaiswar and Akshay Mane with their smartphones, which are installed with an ODK form and the EyeWatch app, to document gender-based violence, seen at Dharavi on March 13, 2015 in Mumbai, India.  Mint—Hindustan Times via Getty Images

A Smartphone That Costs $4 Is Set to Launch in India

Feb 17, 2016

An Indian company will launch the country's (and possibly the world's) cheapest smartphone this week, priced at the equivalent of less than $4.

The Freedom 251, manufactured by a company based on the outskirts of the capital New Delhi, will go on sale early Thursday morning, Indian newspaper Economic Times reports.

According to its web page, the smartphone uses Android's Lollipop 5.1 operating system and comes with features such as a 4-in. screen, front and rear cameras of 3 and 3.2 megapixels respectively, and 3G internet compatibility.

The phone could be a huge game changer in India, which has close to 300 million people under the global poverty limit but also recently surpassed the U.S. as the world's second largest smartphone market after China.

[Economic Times]

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