What started as two-way radios or mobile rigs in taxicabs, police cruisers and ambulances in the US, has today become an intrinsic part of out lives. Recognizable mobile phones with direct dialing have existed at least since the 1950s. Since then mobile phones have traversed miles to cross the 3G (3rd generation) milestone.
Mobiles, today, are just not essential but have become an important status symbol. Feeling the public pulse, and correctly sensing that there is a niche market for obscenely priced mobiles, manufacturers are developing handsets that cost many thousand dollars.
To know more about the world's most expensive mobile phones, read on.
1. Goldvish Le million:
This is the most expensive mobile phone in the world according the Guiness Books of Records.
The phone features a blinding 120 carats worth of VVS-1 grade diamonds. If $1 million is too much for you, the Geneva-based Goldvish also offer several other diamond-encrusted 18k gold models in a choice of rose, yellow, or white, starting at a more reasonable $25,600.
2. Vertu Signature Cobra:
Vertu is now taking orders for the Signature Cobra, designed by French jeweller Boucheron, but you better be quick as only eight are being made. The Cobra will feature one pear-cut diamond, one round white diamond, two emerald eyes and 439 rubies.
Vertu will also be offering a 'cheaper' version, ruby free, at $115,000.
3. Sony Ericsson Black Diamond:
The mobile has Quad-band with Wi-Fi, an Intel 400Mhz processor and a touch sensitive 2? screen. This Sony Ericsson Mobile has 128mb memory and comes with a 2Gb SD card for external storage and a 4 megapixel camera.
4. Vertu Diamond:
The Diamond is Vertu's premium range of high-end mobile phones. As the name suggests, the handsets features diamonds encrusted in a platinum base. Only 200 of the handsets are being produced.
5. Motorola V220 Special Edition:
Austrian designer Peter Aloisson has taken a standard Motorola, studded it with 1,200 diamonds and added a keyboard inlaid with 18 carat gold. The outcome is simply spectacular.
6. Gold Edition Nokia 8800 Phone:
If you have $2,700 to spare, you can now buy the Nokia 8800 in 24K gold. The mobile phone includes a 0.5 mega pixel SVGA camera, 64 MB of internal memory, 64 voice polyphonic rigntones, FM Radio, Mp3 Player, video recording and 180 minutes' talk time.
The Gold Edition includes a special edition box and charging dock!
7. Mobiado Professional EM (wood):
The Mobiado Professional EM, is a wood-clad upgrade of an earlier Nokia-based phone that includes a 1.3 megapixel camera, music player, FM radio, Bluetooth. According to Mobiado, it's the first production phone with titanium buttons. Only 200 are being made and each one has its number engraved on the back.
8. Bang & Olufsen (Samsung) Serene:
Bang & Olufsen hooked up with Samsung to design the sleek but unconventional Serene. The phone has a built-in motor to assist you in opening and closing the phone.
It's not very practical, however, as it requires a special screwdriver to access the battery and the SIM card. Its circular keypad will take some getting used to.
Also, for some strange reason the maker has positioned the camera lens on one side of the device, which will make it difficult to align snapshots via the viewfinder on the display.
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