What are the most expensive cell phones in America? Forbes.com has a 2008 list of the most expensive cell phones available for purchase. Cell phones have become more than a communication device, they provide organization, web surfing, numerous applications for use, and all encased in a trendy design that can be thought of as a fashion accessory.
10. Asus Lamborghini ZX1
Priced around $1,500
Lamborghini and Asus teamed to create this phone, featuring a built-in global positioning system, and a large touch screen.
9. Porsche P9521
Priced at $1,900
Carmakers surprisingly invest in luxury phones much like fashion designers as brand extensions. This Porsche phone features a fingerprint sensor for security. The Porsche P9521 design harkens to its car line, featuring brushed aluminum hinges and a black-glass frame.
8. Mobiado Stealth
Priced at $2,875
The Mobiado Stealth is crafted out of one piece of aluminum for light weight and sturdiness. The Mobiado Stealth design is inspired by military stealth aircraft, its screen made of scratch-proof sapphire. The Vancouver, Canada designer produced a limited edition of 1,200 Mobiado Stealth phones.
7. Toshiba Cosmic Shiner
Priced at $4,000
The Cosmic Shiner looks similar to more mainstream Toshiba phones, but the differences from the mainstream phones include a limited edition of 1,000 produced and diamond studs encased on the phone cover.
6. Tag Heuer Meridiist
Priced at $5,400 to $6,200, depending on options
Watchmaker Tag Heuer launches a new cell phone line in September 2010, once again as a brand extension. The cell phone features a crocodile skin back, and is made out of 430 components and corrosion-resistant steel.
5. Chistian Dior phone
Priced at $5,500
Fashion icon Christian Dior's first cellphone looks similar to a cosmetic compact, complete with a clip-on miniature phone that can be worn attached to a handbag or on a chain. The basic cell phone version costs $5,000, while the deluxe model, covered in 640 diamonds with alligator skin case, is $27,000.
4. Gresso Steel
Priced at $5,500
Russian company Gresso created this cell phone using sturdy Aircraft steel and sapphire glass in the design. Gresso phones are encased in cell phone cases made of African blackwood, known to be resistant to decay.
3. Vertu Constellation Monogram
Priced around $7,000 online
As one of the world's most recognizable luxury phone brands, Nokia's subsidiary Vertu created Vertu Constellation Monogram, the most expensive cell phone in the world. The special-edition handsets were released celebrating the company's 10th anniversary. All Vertu phones are handcrafted in Europe. The Vertu Constellation Monogram body is made of stainless steel, and its monogrammed leather back handprinted requires a four-hour process to complete.
2. Apple iPhone by Amosu
Priced at $39,600
London fashion designer Amosu claims to have designed the first iPhone encrusted in diamonds. Amosu's diamond iPhone comes in costing a hefty $40,000. Amosu also partners in design with BlackBerry Pearls and N95s from Nokia.
1. Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte from Peter Aloisson
Priced at over $107,000
Austrian designer Peter Aloisson designed this Nokia cell phone with gems in pink and white. Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte special edition phone is made from solid 18 carat white gold, encrusted with over 680 best quality white and pink brilliant cut diamonds that weigh over 21.5 carats. The designer also offers decorated versions of Apple's iPhone, Sony Ericsson, and Motorola phones.