By Rina Chandran
MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Indian makers of a $4 smartphone hope its low price will allow millions of the poorest people to own a mobile phone in a market with only 10 percent penetration.
But labour rights campaigners worry that push to churn out cheap handsets and tablets may lead to greater abuse of workers' rights in India, the world's fastest-growing smartphone market.
Ringing Bells' Freedom 251 smartphone, whose launch in February crashed the company's website, is priced at 251 rupees - possibly the cheapest Android smartphone in the world.
On Thursday, the company's chief executive Mohit Goel said the first shipment of about 200,000 handsets was due next week.
Ringing Bells pays fair wages to its workers and its pricier models will help offset the cost of the $4 phone, he added.
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