We all love our gadgets and can’t live without our cell phones, but what if you could whip out a diamond encrusted mobile device at the next board meeting? Here are the world’s most expensive cell phones starting with a mere few thousand and reaching up into the millions. These blingy phones not only use some of the world’s top gems in the design, but in some cases, ceramic materials from the space shuttle, putting a whole new spin on global luxury communication.
Gold Edition Nokia 8800: $2,700
This cell phone is just like the Nokia 8800 but with the outlook casing of the cell phone encased with gold. It’s has the standard features of a smart phone, such as 62,000 color TFT (208 x 208) display screen along with a SVGA .5 MP camera. MMS, MS, USB, Java, WAP, Infrared, Bluetooth and Edge connectivity. Other standard features like FM Radio, Mp3 Player, 64 polyphonic and video recording are also present.
Motorola V220 Special Edition: $51,800
This luxury cell phone is produced by Motorola and was designed by Austrian designer Peter Aloisson. The sleek look has been called ‘feminine’ with standard features – apart from being studded with 1,200 diamonds on the front panel as well as 18K gold laid in the keyboard.
Vertu Diamond: $88,000
The Vertu diamond cell phone features tiny diamonds dotted all over the body and the keypad adding up to eight carats in total. The body is created from finest platinum and underpinned with ruby bearings. It’s also equipped with similar ceramic originally intended for space shuttle. 200 cell phones of this model have sold worldwide.
iPhone Princess Plus: $176,400
Another design of Peter Aloisson. The name was inspired by the princess shaped diamond cut that is studded all over the casing with138 diamonds out of 318 shaped in this style. The others are shaped in a brilliant-cut pattern, using a total of 17.75 carats of diamonds in 18K white gold.
VIPN Black Diamond Smartphone: $300,000
The body of this cell phone is made from titan and polycarbonate and spots a cutting edge mirror with finish cladding, adorned with diamonds. It’s designed by Jaren Goh, using an intel 400 Mhz processor, 4 mega pixel with 256 TFT screen.
Vertu Signature Cobra: $310,000
This limited edition cell phone is produced by French jeweler Boucheron, and so far only 8 have been made. This phone features 21 carats of diamond and rubies, including a one carat round diamond, a two carat pear cut diamond, two emerald eyes and 439 rubies that gives the devise the cobra look.
Diamond Crypto Smartphone: $1.3 million
This cell phone was built on Windows CE, is produced by JSC Ancort and originally designed by luxury accessories designer Peter Aloisson. This expensive smart phone is encased with a platinum base and has 50 diamonds – with 8 of the sparklers being rare blue diamonds. The navigation key and the Ancort logo are made of 18K rose gold.
GoldVish Le Million: $1.3 million
Designed by Emmanuel Gueit, the uniqueness of this cell phone was certified by Guinness World Records in 2008. The phones use a VVS1 (only microscopically flawed) diamonds with 18k white gold. The internal features of the device are pretty standard with 2 GB storage, FM radio, digital camera, MP3 playback and Bluetooth.
Goldstriker iPhone 3GS Supreme: $3.2 million
This luxury gadget is from the designer Stuart Hughes, and was the world’s most expensive cell phone unveiled in 2009. The iPhone is encrusted with 271 grams of 22-carat pure solid gold and more than 200 diamonds. The Apple logo on the back features 53 gems and the home button is covered with a single 7.1-carat diamond. This baby comes in a chest decorated with carved granite and Kashmir gold and a lining made from top Nubuck grain leather.