I have never really understood the need to spend lots of money on a mobile phone just because it was a "luxury" device. I prefer to have phones that are cool and function well without being overly expensive. Perhaps if I were loaded I might feel differently.
LG have revealed their plans to launch a number of new luxury phones, including a new PRADA design, which they hope will help usurp Samsung from their number two cellphone maker in the world position. According to LG’s mobile business president, Ahn Seung-kwon, the current number three is aiming to step up by 2012, and one of their first steps in doing so will be releasing a new "Black Label" series phone in Q4 2009 to take on Apple's iPhone 3GS.
So, for those of you that don’t know, Vertu does a really good job of applying “themes” to their handsets whenever they release them, the theme for the Ascent Ti is from high performance sports cars. I have never seen a sports car made out of Titanium, but this phone is.
That is nice; since this $6300 handset is something you will probably want to las you for a while. I don’t think there is anywhere that this phone won’t work either, it has 3G UMTS, Quad-band GSM, and CDMA, so if there is any type of cellular coverage, you should be able to make a call.
Ferrari is a name we associate with luxury car and a sexy one of course; now Vertu has unveiled its new luxury phone with Ferrari collaborated design on it. The phone will hit Vertu’s retail store in London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Currently it seems like you're nobody in the celebrity world if you're not driving - and crashing - Bugatti Veyron's or Ferrari Enzo's, but if you fancy a prancing horse (not literally, of course) and can't quite afford the sticker price of a four-wheeled variant then how about Vertu's latest limited-edition super-phone?
New in excessively luxurious phones with no apparent added functionality besides blinding people with their sparkly gemstones, is the Vertu Signature Cobra. Crafted by French jeweler, Boucheron, the ritzy phone features one pear-cut diamond, one round white diamond, two emerald eyes, and 439 rubies.
IMHO this phone looks awfully hiddeous, but commands a price tag of $310,000. And, with a limited production of 26, only a ‘lucky’ few will be able to get one.
Vertu once again made the wallets of the rich squeal in delight with the announcement of their latest luxury cellphone, the Constellation - available in everything from satin steel and leather, through ceramics and up to gold.
Buying the new Aerius BT headset from Vertu may cost you an ear if the price is anything like their uber-expensive phones. It’s now confirmed that the famous designer Jacob Jensen is the designer of the Aerius headset. Using this new headset is extremely easy; even a caveman can do it. Yes, it does have background noise reduction, but there’s no mentioning of wind guard. If you need to know the price, then chances are you can afford this headset.
Are your eyes set on a Vertu phone, but your bank account is about five or six zeros short? Constellation is a new line of fashion phones, getting its name from Lockheed airplane. The series consist of three different handsets with exactly the same spec and features. However, they differ in weight and material. The body of fancier of the three is made from 18-carat gold, while the other two models are made of polished and satin steel. The back is covered with stylish leather, offered in a variety of colors. If you like, you can custom order the keypad to be made from fluorescent ceramics.
I have to confess, I scoffed a little when first seeing Vertu's luxury cellphones. "Who would buy a tarted-up Nokia with sub-par features," I quipped, sipping cheap cooking brandy from an old yogurt pot, "they must have more money than sense!"
I guess that brandy must have dulled my predictive foresight, however, because with sales doubling this year over last there simple aren't enough precious-metal clad mobiles to go around. All that, despite the most basic Vertu handset costing upwards of $5000.
Ironically they've a new handset out next month that is expected to boost sales further. My concern, which I would happily voice if asked to join their board, would be that the cachet is a sizeable part of the charm, and that with too many models they run the risk of flooding the market and turning off the fashionistas. But then what do I know - it's not even midday in some timezones and I'm already half-cut on sherry trifle.