The World's Most Expensive Cellphones

The World's Most Expensive Cellphones

Joel Pirela
Apr 22, 2011

Do you remember when the first iPhone came out with a price tag of $599? One thing we all remember was the total outcry about the price of the unit. Times have changed, that's for sure. When you can introduce to the market a $300,000 watchphone, that alone is a sign that the economy might be picking up...or that the rich will continue to get richer.

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A phone that has the ability to tell the time, it not big deal; but add a mechanical masterpiece with a 330 part tourbillon (tourbillion is a mechanical device invented in 1795 by Abraham-Louis Breguet to eliminate the effects of gravity on the accuracy of mechanical watches) and you have the ultimate masterpiece in your hands. The body is made of solid titanium and has embedded carbon fiber inserts. A cool touch is the fact that every time you open or close the clamshell design, the hinge, winds the mechanical watch for you. In regards of technology used, it's a big let down: Send and receive texts, 3.2 megapixel camera and makes phone calls. That's it. Design wise it looks like a throw back from the early 90's. Your price: $300,000!

Lumigon T1
Starting the money scale at $848, This is the only phone out there that, design wise, we would think is a great contender to the iPhone. We are not going to get into technological details of the Android's platform and its features, but more like the design itself and their choice of materials. The 3.5" screen boasts a 800x480 pixels and 5MP camera standard. Steel and aluminum make sure your fingers never touch plastic and comes pre built with a remote control application, complete with a learning function. It even has Bang & Olufsen's ICEpower digital amplification for your tunes; and when you plug it to its dock, it provides HDMI output, so you can even browse the web while watching it on a big screen.

Vertu Signature Edition
The newest addition to the Vertu lineup is the Stainless Steel Signature Duo. This tri-band GSM mobile phone is built to last and is, in fact, almost unbreakable. Not only is the case made from stainless steel and Titanium, but the display is made from a scratch-proof 69.25-carat sapphire. There are also rubies inset under each button on the keypad. Besides looking like a "Bat-Mobile", the phone also offers a small screen with a 116 x 148 screen resolution, AKG 20mm speakers and up to 200 hours of battery life. An external antenna is option for enhanced reception if you tend to venture into remote locations frequently. Price: $14,833.

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