It's one of the world's most expensive cell phones--and it can't even download your email.
Then again, you can't exactly expect an 18-carat gold mobile device to be cheap.
Designed by a the Copenhagen firm Aesir, the Æ+Y phone costs a whopping €42,000.00 (about $60,000), and doesn't even boast technological innovations like mobile Internet access or email. Instead its most advanced features include speed dial, a built-in calculator, and bluetooth connectivity.
In an age when the industry seems to think that phones aren’t for speaking anymore, I wanted to focus on the idea of voice, clarity and simplicity. The central tenet behind the Æ+Y is to literally craft the visual details, craft the functional tactility, and craft the user interface. The Æ+Y champions the idea of craftsmanship in an age that’s obsessed with more and making last year’s products obsolete. Instead we propose better and long-lasting as our starting criteria.
But there's little excuse for its dismal 5 hour battery time, writes Yahoo.com's Mike Wehner. The iPhone, by comparison, can get a whopping 11 hours, while the Motorola Droid averages about 14.
That's the price you pay for luxury.
The 18-carat gold model, which only 25 of will be sold, isn't the only version of the phone being sold. For lesser nobility there's also a stainless steel version that retails at $10,500. You can scroll down to see both versions for yourself.
However, this is far from the world's most expensive cell phone. That honor seems to go to the Goldstriker iPhone 3GS Supreme, which boasts a full body comprised of 22-carat gold, a 7.1 carat diamond for a home button, and costs roughly $3.2 million according to YourDigitalSpace.com.
The 18-Carat Gold Version:
The Stainless Steel Version: