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The rich can afford this. A Swiss master designer Yves Béhar has designed a $60,000 cell phone that is all surrounded by pure Gold. The 18ct Gold Cell Phone is not just your ordinary phone but is a smart phone with all the features for social networking and also email. Behar said, “I wanted to show an alternative to the sea of smartphones and their deluge of features. 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.”

This hand-assembled, hand-finished metal handset has its keypad characters which are laser micro-engraved, lacquered and feature advanced LED backlighting. The AE+Y has patents pending for both its edge-key-mounting mechanism and the hand-set miniature magnets required for its sliding covers. It also features extremely precise, seamless lines where different parts and materials meet, such as the two-piece wraparound ceramic upper.

No more than 25 of the gold version of the AE+Y will be made in 2011. For about a sixth the price, you can snag the stainless steel main edition, which is also in limited quantities. Both are unlocked quad-band phones with standard calling functions, texting, Bluetooth, the ability to synchronize with your PIM and other basic but worldly applications. Its battery is good for up to 5 hours of talk or about 10 days of standby.

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