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Big Spender: Cellphones

It's how, not whom, you call

January 18, 2008|Kimi Yoshino | Times Staff Writer

The purse may be the consummate accessory in New York, but in Los Angeles, where Hollywood deals are sealed while navigating traffic on the Santa Monica Freeway, the cellphone is the ultimate status symbol. Here are some that really get the cash register ringing.

$28,000 to $171,550

GoldVish Illusion. For the jewelry lover who has everything, this diamond-encrusted phone comes in a solid 18-karat casing in yellow, rose or white gold with crocodile leather inlays available in 12 colors. And this phone is more than just pretty to look at. Standard features: a photo/video camera, MP3 player, FM radio receiver and personal organizer.

$1,900

Mobiado Luminoso. Part phone, part light saber, this cell is worthy of Luke Skywalker. Sapphire crystal buttons light up when the phone rings, and the front panel has a diamondlike carbon coating to withstand all those drops and dings. $1,200

Bang & Olufsen Serene. No Britney Spears tunes here. This phone, shown with its docking station, comes with its own specially composed calming rings that mimic natural sounds, including knocking wood and aluminum. The display sits on the bottom half of the sleek flip phone to keep the screen from getting gross and greasy.

$6,300

Vertu Ascent Ti. Forget that this phone is handcrafted with titanium, encased in leather and includes ring tones fit for James Bond himself (composed by David Arnold, best known for his 007 soundtracks). The phone has a one-click button that connects you with a 24-hour concierge who will make dinner reservations, buy theater tickets or call ahead to the bar to preorder your martini. Shaken, not stirred, of course. --

Big Spender looks at the big business of catering to those with cash to burn. See more at www.latimes.com/bigspender. Send ideas to bigspender@latimes.com.

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