The $4 Indian phone that some thought might never materialise reportedly does exist, but only because the startup producing it is making a loss on each one.

The Ringing Bells Freedom 251, initially announced at a price of £5, is apparently set to ship this week to customers who preordered the phone in February for – ($3.70 or £2.77). At that price – the one the company originally pledged – it is losing the Indian startup Rs 150 ($2.2 or £1.65) on each smartphone.
看起来,最初声称售价5英镑的Ring Bells Freedom 251手机本周就要向消费者发货了,它们都是二月份预订好的(售价3.70美元或者2.77英镑)。以公司最初声明的价格计算,这家印度创业公司在每部手机上都会亏损150卢比(2.2美元或者1.65英镑)。

Ringing Bells founder and chief executive Mohit Goel told the Indian Express:"We will have a loss, but I am happy that the dream of connecting rural and poor Indians as part of the Digital India and Make in India initiatives has been fulfilled with Freedom 251."
Ringing Bells公司创始人和总监Mohit Goel在接受《印度快报》采访时说:“我们会受到损失,但我很高兴Freedom 251实现了我们的梦想,那就是把印度农民和穷人纳入到数字印度和印度自主制造领域中来。”

The 3G Android 5.1 smartphone has a 4in screen, 8-megapixel rear camera, 3.2-megapixel selfie camera, a 1.3GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, with a microSD card slot for adding more.

The company says that it has nearly 200,000 Freedom 251s ready to ship, with plans to open up orders again in the near future and ship 200,000 handsets a month, although to date no phones have been made available for scrutiny.
公司称他们有将近20万部Freedom 251手机准备发货,并打算在不远的将来再次开放预订,每月发出20万部手机,但目前还没有可供检验的现货。

Should Ringing Bells be able to ship a working Android smartphone to customers on the 30 June as planned, it will be quite an achievement, although whether a startup can sustain losing £330,000 a month at its planned shipment schedule remains to be seen.
如果Ringing Bells真的能够在6月30日如期将可以正常使用的安卓智能手机发到顾客手里,那真是一项了不起的成就。然而,按照发货计划,这家创业公司将会每月损失33万英镑,它到底能否维持下去还有待进一步观察。