Will This $8 Million iPhone Still Have Death Grip Issues?

Just in time for Christmas, the world’s most expensive phone. At least that’s what the designer of the $8 million dollar diamond-rimmed iPhone 4 claims.

UK blingmaster-to-the-gaudy-stars Stuart Hughes says he was commissioned to whip up a pair of these not at all ostentatious devices — which, in addition to the diamonds around the edge also have a back plate made from rose gold with an Apple logo done up in diamonds — for some super-rich Aussie.

Hughes tells the Daily Mail:

It was a fantastic challenge and I am really pleased with the end result – the phones look superb.
Phones are so popular at the moment and this is the ultimate design for one. It was a very exciting project.
The diamonds are rare and difficult to source, stones like that usually have a very long history.
It is amazing that someone is prepared to spend £5 million on a phone, I doubt it will get used because it is worth so much money.
It would be a disaster if it was ever lost.

If anyone wants to donate $8 million to Consumerist just for us to test this phone to see if it still has the same “death grip” problem as the un-blinged iPhone 4, well… then you should really reconsider your priorities.

The world’s most expensive mobile – a diamond-encrusted iPhone costing a staggering £5 MILLION [Daily Mail]


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  1. Macgyver says:

    That’s a waste of money.

  2. The cake is a lie! says:

    I wonder if AT&T’s equipment insurance covers diamonds…?

    That isn’t even pretty. The sexiness of apple tech is not in the blinginess of it. Leave that to HP. Apple tech is sexy because it is minimal. This is like the antichrist of sexiness.

  3. Vogue007 says:

    Don’t get it wet!

  4. JoJack82 says:

    Its not like the money is completely wasted. When you are done with the phone you sill have all the diamonds and gold that are probably worth a big chuck of that money.

    “a single cut 7.4 carat pink diamond and a rare 8 carat single cut flawless diamond which are together worth more than £4 million.”

  5. Duke_Newcombe-Making children and adults as fat as pigs says:

    The fall of Western Civilization cannot come soon enough.

  6. jessjj347 says:

    Off topic – but wow the exchange rate has gone down. I first thought that 5 million pounds had to be more than 8 million dollars…but it’s not.

  7. shanelee24 says:

    Enough with the death grip stuff already. You guys know that Consumer Reports September issue not only rated the iPhone 4 as the highest of all current smartphones, but also gave it the highest score any smartphone has ever gotten, a 76/100 points, followed closely by the HTC Evo and the iPhone 3gs, both at 74/100. These tech wars and sarcastic overtones really get old. And remember Consumerist, that’s THE Consumer Reports, your sister company. I could be wrong, but among all of the bad stuff said on here, i’ve yet to see this brought up.

  8. dreamfish says:

    Is there some requirement that when you become a multi-millionaire (or even billionaire), you have to waste your money on totally stupid and pointless things?

    Actually, having seen some of the items on http://www.luxurylaunches.com/, it looks like you have to spend it on things that are stupid, pointless *and* tasteless.

  9. OnePumpChump says:

    Notice how the World’s Most Expensive gadgets never add or improve any of the device’s actual functions.

    It’s always just Moderately Expensive Gadget in World’s Most Expensive Case. Sometimes it’s even a cheap, crappy gadget.

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  11. doomsdayZen says:

    This just goes to show what an utter lack of imagination many of the ultra-wealthy have. How boring.

  12. banderlin says:

    Look down, look up. The phone is now diamonds!

  13. jp7570-1 says:

    Good – let the world hate someone else for a change!

  14. KhaiJB says:

    “It was a fantastic challenge and I am really pleased with the end result – the phones look superb.”

    no, it looks like a tasteless piece of blinged crap…

  15. diamonddude says:

    uhh.. a single cut diamond means it does not have the standard 58 facets, but instead 16 facets.. A diamond cutter would never waste a big important rough on a single cut finished diamond.. I think they meant to say a SINGLE pink 7.4 carat and a SINGLE 8 carat flawless diamond, rather than single cut. 500 diamonds totalling 100 carats is .20 each, with Flawless D color only $700k for all of them. (maybe $1400 each… they must be all matched for size and quality.. that adds up.) the bulk of the cost are the 2 big diamonds, one pink in color.. and one Flawless. Big money, but some of the other posts are correct, when this phone is obsolete the stones can be pulled and reused or sold.

  16. Invader Zim says:

    Imagine how sexy it will look with a cracked screen.

  17. banmojo says:

    I actually think it’s pretty in an effiminate kind of way, but 8mill, really?