Let’s face it. In a world powered by technology, cell phones nowadays are a necessity. No one would probably contend with that. But to own one of the most expensive cell phone in the world in 2011 is obviously a luxury. Everyone will still probably agree.
Anyway, it’s interesting to know how insanely costly these super phones are – when all of which serve the very same purpose of their oldest ancestors: to send and receive text messages and calls.
Let’s see what made them so special to qualify in this crazy list. Here are the top 10 most expensive mobile phones in the world 2011.
10. Motorola SLVR L7 (Diamond-Encrusted)
How much? $75,000
Just your typical Motorola SLVR L7 in terms of features – 176 x 220 pixels, 9 lines, 1.9 inches screen display, Bluetooth capable, 640 x 480 pixels camera, but with no video and radio. What made it so pricey are the 260 diamonds encasing the handset at the front. Think the diamonds are all worth it?
9. Vertu Signature Diamond
How much? $88,000
From the famous British-based manufacturers of luxurious phones, Vertu, comes this phone made up of the finest platinum and said to be assembled entirely by hand. Encrusted with diamonds, only 200 of such phone were made.
8. iPhone Princess Plus
How much? $176,400
Designed by a renowned Austrian luxury designer Peter Aloisson, iPhone Princess Plus is your regular iPhone decorated with 138 Princess cut (hence the name) and 180 brilliant cut diamonds of the finest quality (17.75 carats), at the rim and main navigation key. First customer was a Russian businessman and it was the most expensive iPhone way back in 2008.
7. VIPN BlackDiamond Smartphone
How much? $300,000
Designed by Jaren Goh, this luxurious phone is made from titanium and polycarbonate and embedded with only two diamonds – one on the joystick and the other one at the phone’s back. Bluetooth capable and with WiFi, it also has 4 megapixel camera and supports quadband technology. Only five of this product were made.
6. Vertu Signature Cobra
How much? $310,000
This very exclusive cobra phones are decked out with 2 emerald eyes, 439 rubies, 2 ct pear-cut diamond and 1ct round diamond. It comes in a limited edition of 8 pieces in the world. The snake on the side looks misplaced and therefore annoying; it may even make left hand texting very uncomfy. But we can only guess.
5. Diamond Crypto Smartphone
How much? $1.3 million
Russian manufacturer JSC Ancort and Austrian jeweler teamed up to come up with a smartphone twice more pricey than a Ferrari Enzo. Encrusted with 50 diamonds, 10 of which are extremely rare blue diamonds, the phone is made from platinum including the keypad. The Ancort logo and navigation key is made from 18 ct rose gold. Though it can store up to 4000 numbers in its memory and other common features, prepare to lose a hard-earned $1.3 million for this device.
4. Goldvish Le Million
How much? $1.3 million
The Guinness World Record certified this phone as the most expensive mobile phone sold for $1,287,200 at the Millionaire Fair in Cannes, France in September 2006.
Designed by Goldvish of Geneva, Switzerland, this phone has 2GB storage, FM radio, digital camera, MP3 and Bluetooth. Made from 18 ct white gold decked out with 1,800 diamonds.
3. iPhone 3G King’s Button
How much? $2.5 million
More than 14 times pricier than iPhone Princess Plus, Peter Aloisson created yet again another spectacular – some say insane – masterpiece, the iPhone 3G King’s Button. Blame the 6.6 carat white diamond-encrusted home button and the 138 brilliant-cut lining the sides of the 3G phone for the price.
2. 32GB Goldstriker iPhone 3G S Supreme
How much? $3.2 million
If you think the 3G King’s Button was crazy enough, then you’ll probably go to the verge of insanity when you learned that another more ostentatious device is out there. Designed by Stuart Hughes, its casing is made from 271 grams of 22 carat pure solid gold. The front bezel houses 136 perfectly cut diamonds equal to 68 cts while the Apple logo on the back of this budget unfriendly phone features 53 diamonds. To top it all, home button is covered with a single 7.1 carat diamond. Its chest is carved from single block granite sporting Kashmir gold along with an inner lining made from top Nubuck grain leather. It took 10 months to finish such 32 GB masterpiece.
1. 32GB iPhone 4 Diamond Rose
How much? $8.2 million
Here comes the would-be cause of greed, envy and other mortal sins, no less than the 32GB iPhone 4 Diamond Rose edition with a total construction cost amounting to a jaw-dropping steep price of £5 million or $8.2 million – more than enough to make the destitute faint in disbelief. Designed and crafted exclusively again by Stuart Hughes, one of the most expensive cell phoned in the world 2011 is elegantly decorated with diamond, platinum and gold – three of the most precious gems on earth. Its bezel, which includes the most expensive phone’s rim or sides, is made from rose (thus, the name) and is splendidly embedded with approximately 500 flawless diamonds, equal to a total of 100 carat (ct). Set in platinum, the main navigation button is made up of a single cut 7.4 ct pink diamond. In case you feel like keeping the pink diamond, turn it to a ring or other jewelry, throw it away out of boredom or, blazing with the spirit of charity, give it to the needy who definitely need it more than you do, you may replace it with a rare 8 ct diamond which goes with the whopping package.
Meanwhile, the back is made up of rose gold with, like the Goldstriker, 53 diamonds magnificently adorning the trademark Apple logo – proving that precious stones beautify and add splendor; definitely one of the most expensive mobile phones in the world 2011.
Kept in a 7 kg single block of Imperial Pink granite with Nubuck top grain leather lining the inner portion, this opulent phone comes in a limited edition of only two, one of which is already owned by Tony Sage, a prominent figure in the gold mining industry.
Only a multimillionaire could acquire such world’s most expensive cell phone, someone who can’t think of anything else on which to spend his money for.
And also, do not tire yourself thinking over what additional features (could the person on the other end of the line pop virtually as if you’re talking to him in person?) made the iPhone 4 Diamond Rose edition different from the usual $1,600-$2,000 worth one because there is none; the aesthetics of this edition makes it much more of a vanity phone.
In a nutshell, save the fact that they glitter with diamonds and other priceless gems, and the painful reality that the amount spent could have fed thousands or even millions of people in the whole world eating crap and scrap, the top 10 most expensive cell phone in the world 2011 is indeed a plain luxury.
And if you accidentally break, dampen or lost one… oh I shiver at the thought.
One thing is clear though: Whoever gets one of the top 10 most expensive cell phone in the world 2011 is one LUCKY man. Just hope it would be used for good.