Royal Wedding Phone is pre-pay travesty

Ah, the Royal Wedding. Look past the romance and the opportunity for expensive dresses and horse-drawn carriages, and it's the perfect chance to cash in with some hideous themed tat. In that vein, may we present the Special Edition Royal Wedding phone, courtesy of the Carphone Warehouse.

£14.95 ($24) gets you a pre-pay Alcatel One Touch with a Union Jack fascia and the wedding date – along with Kate & William's initials – on the back. That's not all, though; Royalist cockles can be suitably warmed with William & Kate customised wall paper and a special "Wedding March" ringtone.

Beautiful stuff, we're sure you'll agree, though it's worth remembering that you can get the same handset, in basic grey, for £0.01 as the Carphone Warehouse 1p Phone.

Press Release:


Celebratory Special Edition Royal Wedding mobile phone launches exclusively at The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy

From 22nd March 2011, The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy will be offering customers the chance to get in the spirit for the wedding of the year, with a Special Edition Royal Wedding phone. The Alcatel One Touch model is a slim, stylish candy bar with a patriotic Union Jack casing and the royal couple's initials and wedding date inscribed on the reverse. The phone also features a Prince William and Catherine customised wallpaper and a special one-off ringtone to celebrate this memorable occasion, Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March". At £14.95 on Pay As You Go, the phone represents great value for money, making it the perfect gift for those who will be joining the celebrations this April.

The Special Edition Royal Wedding phone also boasts a 1.5 inch colour screen and weighs only 68g, while coming equipped with an impressive battery life that offers up to 4.5 hours talk time and up to 13 days standby time. Plus there's also an FM radio, 64 polyphonic ringtones, a clock with alarm and calculator.

Mark Eastham, Commercial Director for The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy said, "We are delighted to offer this fun, limited edition, Royal Wedding – themed phone to our customers. It's great to offer a product which really taps into the national spirit over the coming months, and is still an affordable option for customers".