Phone or mortgage, you decide

Yes, $4,400 might sound like a lot to pay for a mobile phone, but 18-carat-gold function keys aren't going to pay for themselves, now are they?

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In these penny-pinching, market-tumbling times, we audaciously bring you the $4,400 Skeleton Gold Phone from Russian electronics maker Gresso. Yes, yes, that might sound like a lot to pay for a mobile phone, but 18-carat-gold function keys aren't going to pay for themselves, now are they?

Other features that keep the Windows-powered Skeleton Gold firmly planted in the luxury column are the hand-polished 42k sapphire glass framing the phone's screen and the sapphire glass back panel. The phone opts for additional high-end materials like titanium alloy, African Blackwood, and ceramic. Keys feature Roman numerals. Did we mention it's Bluetooth-enabled and has a 2-megapixel camera?!

Gresso previously brought us uber-luxurious gadgets including the White Diamonds Collection , which one-ups the Skeleton Gold Phone with diamond-topped gold keys and prices ranging from $14,000 to $52,000. Suddenly, the Skeleton Gold seems like a regular budget item.

It is a limited-edition model, however, with only 50 being made, according to the company. So if you're pondering this one, you might want to start sacrificing now.

In your face, recession.

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Leslie Katz, Crave's senior editor, heads up a team that covers the most crushworthy (and wackiest) tech, science, and culture around. As a co-host of the now-retired CNET News Daily Podcast, she was sometimes known to channel Terry Gross and still uses her trained "podcast voice" to bully the speech recognition software on automated customer service lines. E-mail Leslie.

 

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