Top Ten Unbelievably Expensive Mobile Phones
Aside from being a multi-tasking communications tool, mobile phones are taken to a completely new level with the introduction of jewel-studded high tech mobile phones. Mobile phone technology is always evolving: what is high tech this year may be outdated next year. For this reason, people do not purchase the most expensive mobile phones. Nevertheless, for those who have more money to burn, mobile phones are not only communications tools, but are also status symbols. This top ten list ranks the most outrageously expensive mobile phones today.
1) Goldvish “Le Million”
The most expensive mobile phone in the world, as verified by the Guinness Book of World Records, the Goldvish is more expensive than the fastest car in the world. Peppered by a set of blinding diamonds, 120 carats total, all VVS-1 grade, the Goldvish is truly a status symbol. Designed by Emmanuel Gueit, the Goldvish was introduced at the Millionaire’s Fair in France last year. One unit of the Goldvish, aptly nicknamed “Le Million”, was bought by a filthy-rich Russian executive for his wife. For those who want the “Le Million” but cannot afford it, Goldvish offers several other diamond-encrusted mobile phones made from 18k gold models at a more reasonable price of $25,600 a piece.
2) Ancort Diamond Crypto Smartphone
Price: $1.3 Million
3) Vertu Signature Cobra
Price: $310,000 (£167,567)
Vertu, the luxury mobile phones division of Nokia, is the brain behind the third most expensive mobile phone in the world. The French jeweler Boucheron designed the Signature Cobra, which fetches a whopping price of $310,000. What set the bar high for the Vertu Cobra’s price is the jewels: one round white diamond, one pear-cut diamond, two emerald eyes, and 439 rubies! For a cheaper version, you can get a ruby-free one for $115,000. If you have more than a third of a million dollars to spare for a mobile phone, then move fast as there are only eight of the Vertu Signature Cobra to be released on the market.
4) Sony Ericsson VIPN Black Diamond
5) Vertu Diamond
Vertu makes it to the list yet again with its Diamond mobile phone. Made from platinum, the Vertu Diamond is studded and encrusted with, yes you guessed it, diamonds. Sleek and stylish, the Vertu Diamond comes with a quality you can expect only from Vertu. Only 200 Vertu Diamond phones will be made, so get your hands on these babies as quickly as possible—if you have almost a hundred thousand dollars to spare, that is.
6) Gresso Black Aura Collection
Price: Up to $13,000
The Gresso Black Aura Collection is said to be the ‘oldest’ mobile phone at around 200 years old. The phone’s case, made with African Blackwood, adds elegance, style, and a hefty price tag to the phone. Priced starting from $6,500 to $13,000, Gresso Black Aura Collection mobile phones are not for the low roller. With the most expensive unit having an 18-carat gold front panel, the Gresso is a steal for the filthy rich buyer. There are said to be five models in the collection, with two versions already out on the market: the African Blackwood Gresso Gold phone with pink gold highlights, and the African Blackwood only Gresso phone.
7) Nokia 8800 Gold Edition
The Nokia 8800 is a big hit for rich corporate people. With the sleek and stylish look of titanium, and the elegance of design, the Nokia 8800 is already a class on its own. Nokia, not satisfied with the unit’s elegance, makes a 24K gold edition. For a market price of $2,700, it is way cheaper than other luxury phones. If you think that a higher price tag equates with better features, you are wrong. The Nokia 8800 Gold Edition has the same features as the Nokia 8800 regular edition, which are, truth be told, pretty basic. A 0.5 megapixel camera and polyphonic ring tones are not exactly high-tech. The added FM Radio, Mp3 playback, and video recording capabilities do not push this phone to the top of any worth-buying mobile phones list.
8) Mobiado Professional EM
9) Porsche Cellphone by Sagem
With a name attributed to luxury cars, the Porsche mobile phone is destined to be a luxury commodity. Engineered and manufactured by the France-based company Sagem, the Porsche handset’s design is strictly Porsche-developed. Currently available only in Britain, Dubai, and a few other luxury markets worldwide, the phone has a market price of $1,600. The phone will make its debut on American markets in early 2008 via Porsche dealerships. For the Porsche fanatic, this is the best accessory to complete any Porsche collection.
10) Bang & Olufsen and Samsung Serene
Cutting-edge audio and video gadgets-manufacturer Bang & Olufsen tied up with Samsung to create this sleek, stylish and unconventional-looking phone, ironically named Serene. Embodying bang & Olufsen’s mantra of incorporating breakthrough designs on electronics, the Serene indeed has an eccentric design. The Samsung Serene has a built-in motor to help open or close the phone, a special screwdriver to access the SIM card and battery, and a circular hard-to-use keypad, making it impractical and requiring some time getting used to. For added strangeness, the phone’s camera lens is positioned at the side of the device, making it difficult to take perfect snapshots via the display’s viewfinder. Nevertheless, for a little over a thousand dollars, the phone is a remarkable piece.
If you thought you paid too much for the phone in your pocket right now, you can rest assured that there are much more expensive phones available. If you’ve got more than a thousand, or even a million, dollars to burn on your phone, we better not hear you complain about your monthly bills!
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