Lonely Planet Writer

World's cheapest smartphone invented by Indian grocer's son

The son of a local greengrocer in the town of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh looks set to revolutionise the telephone industry in India with the invention of a Rs 251 (US$3.65) smartphone.

Indian man develops world's cheapest smartphone.
Indian man develops world’s cheapest smartphone. Image by Sanyam Bahga / CC BY-SA 2.0

Mohit Goel started his company, Ringing Bells, using a loan from his father’s fruit and vegetable business, assembling high-spec phones in India using Taiwanese parts. The invention of the Freedom 251 brings roaming data within the reach of millions of Indian families with low incomes, adding fuel to India’s already strong technical internet revolution. Read more: timesofindia.indiatimes.com