iPhone 2g, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 (Photo credit: reticulating)
We all know “that guy” with the coolest, newest smartphone. He paid $400 or more for it, and it does everything except polish his designer Italian loafers. Most companies offer excellent deals on their newest smartphones when you agree to sign up for a set service time, usually one to two years. But these phones will surprise even the most jaded phone aficionado, not in the features offered but in their sheer decadent luxury.
An $8 Million Phone?
Yes. The most expensive cell phone in the world is the Stuart Hughes iPhone 4 Diamond Rose Edition. The antenna band and back plate of the iPhone are plated in exotic rose gold, and the band is encrusted with 100 carats of flawless diamonds. The logo on the phone is made of another 53 diamonds. The Home button is nothing less than a 7.4-carat pink diamond, but if you aren’t into pink, the case contains an 8-carat flawless diamond that can be used in place of the pink one. If this doesn’t satisfy you, you’re simply too picky.
The Second Most Expensive Cell Phone
The second most expensive phone in the world is a steal at half the price of the 4 Diamond Rose Edition. Priced at a mere $3.2 million, the Goldstriker iPhone 3GS Supreme is covered in 271-grams solid 22-carat yellow gold and 53 1-carat diamonds. It comes in a granite box with Kashmir gold and Nubuck top grain leather interior.
For the High Rollers
If Las Vegas is your style and you are a very successful gambler, consider the Gressor Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot. Apparently, there aren’t that many lucky high rollers, because only three Jackpots were made. The Egyptian style hails of the Luxor casino, adorned with 45.5 carats black diamonds. The back panel is made of 200-year-old sapphire crystal. The Jackpot is priced at $1 million.
For the Snake Lovers
The Vertu Signature Cobra, priced at $310,000 (a real bargain in this list) was designed by the French jeweler Boucheron. With two diamonds, two emeralds and 439 rubies, the front of the phone is encircled by the likeness of a cobra. For the budget-conscious luxury buyers, the Signature Python is adorned with a different snake and comes without the rubies, but sells for a mere $115,000.
For the Realists
Mere mortals can also have great phones, just without the gold, diamonds and other embellishments. T-Mobile 4G phones offer all the latest features and modern designs with truly budget-friendly service plans. These phones likely work as well, if not better, than those adorned with precious metals and rare gemstones, and if you drop it the event probably won’t affect your children’s’ ability to attend college. New phones, plans and options are constantly offered, so check often to find the deal that’s just right for you. Even if your phone budget is less than the annual GNP of most small countries.