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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  • 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).

  • Vertu Signature Cobra

    Designed by French jeweler Boucheron, Vertu's limited edition of 8 snake-featuring phones are a steal at only £167,567 ($268,308). 

    The Cobra features one pear-cut diamond, one round white diamond, two emerald eyes and 439 rubies.

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