Luxury phones you'll probably never own: gallery

Luxury phones you'll probably never own: gallery

Summary: A smartphone is not just a way to make calls -- now, it can be a status symbol. But could you afford any of these gadgets?

TOPICS: Mobility

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  • Bang & Olufsen Serenata Diamond edition

    Designed by Stuart Hughes, the collection includes luxury phone editions include this one -- ostentatiously smothered in diamonds and gold.

    The Diamonds are mounted on a solid gold bezel which sits over the main scroll mechanism. 

    The main Facia and rear release are include a circa of 140 grams of solid 24ct gold. In total, the phone includes 16.25 carats of diamonds.

    Not enough? Perhaps the accompanying wallet made of 'real Ostrich foot' might impress you.

    Each handset in the limited edition of ten is £44,995 ($72,045).

  • Suvarna Bullion iPhone 4S

    Goldgenie's Suvarna Bullion iPhone 4S is a smartphone coated in 24 carat gold -- back and front. Each one is crafted on order, and also comes with a black piano finish box earphones, a dock connector and USB power adaptor.

    If you already own an iPhone, the company will happily coat it in 24 carat gold for you.

    Each handset is £18,995 ($30,414). 

  • The Tag Heuer Racer

    The TAG Heuer Racer has a shockproof rubber chassis and is screwed with titanium bolts and carbon fiber bridges.

    The racer-inspired phone is ran on Android software, and has a customizable 3D interface. On sale this year, it comes in at 2800 euros ($3646).

Topic: Mobility

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  • Ugh...

    Ugh, those diamond encrusted monstrosities are so gaudy. I look at them and don't thing: "ooh, how classy!" I think "Christ, just how far can the rich push the bounds of tackiness?" I got the same feeling some time back looking at the interior of a Maserati Quatropporte. It was so self-consciously ostentatious as to border on the ridiculous. I would 1000 times rather ride in the interior of a 2008 Acura TSX than one of those.
    • Look on the bright side. Folks that toss money

      after this gaudy stuff keep a lot of people employed in the "we make gaudy stuff for your ego" industry.
  • Too bad they won't name the fools that buy them

    Then we would know who the world's biggest idiots are!
    • Her name...

      I'll give you a hint: her first name is "Paris" and her last name "Hilton."
  • Those are, mostly, hideous.

    I mean down right horrid.
  • These phones would suit

    oil sheiks or bling bling rap artists !!
  • Yuck

    What an absurd waste of money.
    Max Peck