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Freedom 251: Ringing Bells lands in a soup; accused of fraud, non-payment of dues

News Agencies | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:47 IST

In another controversial turn of events in the Freedom 251 saga, Ringing Bells has been accused of "fraud" and non-payment of dues by its customer service provider - a charge refuted by the smartphone company.

Ringing Bell, on the other hand, has accused the BPO company, Cyfuture, of failure in handling the huge traffic of customer calls.

Cyfuture Founder and CEO Anuj Bairathi said, "We were always skeptical of Ringing Bells and their business model. After several rounds of discussions with their management team and when they showed us names of senior politicians visiting their launch event, we decided to take up their project."

According to him, in the first few days after the phone was unveiled, the call-centre received lakhs of calls which were promptly responded to and even Ringing Bells was happy with the services provided.

"However, when we started asking for our payments, which were to be made to us on a weekly basis, they started making false allegations and abruptly decided to terminate our services citing unsatisfactory services. This is a clear case of cheating, fraud and breach of contract. As per the contract, Ringing Bells had specifically assured us of a minimum lock-in period of one year and no termination before a year," Bairathi told PTI.

Refuting the charges, Ringing Bells said people approaching the helpdesk were unable to connect and the company directly received thousands of complaints from customers.

"We had outsourced this job to Cyfuture BPO. Telecom companies confirmed that the helpline was receiving a volume of approximately 12 lakh calls per hour. It came to our knowledge that the BPO company was not able to handle the traffic. We are looking into the situation to serve our customers better," Ringing Bells President Ashok Chaddha said.

Bairathi said that as per their agreement, in the event of termination due to unsatisfactory services, Ringing Bells was to provide a 30 day notice-period and make all the pending payments.

"They are also not taking our calls. We plan to take the necessary legal recourse including filing a police complaint to fight our case. We have started talking with the police and will file a case by today. There will be ruckus at our company if we lay off the 100 employees hired for the Ringing Bells project," Bairathi said.


First published: 26 February 2016, 11:41 IST