Up Close With the ViPN $300k Black Diamond Smartphone

Let’s take a short survey of what you can buy with $300,000 USD: A Lamborghini Murcielago, fifteen Honda Civics, a reasonably-sized house for a small family, or a ViPN Black Diamond Windows Mobile Smartphone.

Yes, it blows my mind as well. Who in this great world would spend such an exhorbitant price for a cell phone? I asked this question to a member of the ViPN team, named Emidio, and he replied that three people from the US, Sultante of Oman, and Russia have expressed interest in buying this phone.

The diamond is removable so that when you decide not to use the phone, you can use the diamond in other jewlery applications. What kinds of diamonds are used? Emidio remarks: “The Diamonds are 3 carat on the back, and 0.25 on the Joystick.”

Summing it up, Emidio says that “So again the price tag is because you pay for the Diamonds, not really the phone. Let’s say the phone is an accessory for the diamonds.” Perhaps it may be more economical to take my i-mate SP5m down to the local jewler and have them inlay some diamonds into the keypad. Who knows.

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Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.