The $10.5 million BlackBerry: island included

Sales covers $199.99 for the handset and $10,499,800.01 for the land.

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While we're not in the habit of praising marketing campaigns , this one from Sprint and RIM at least shows that some people are trying things beyond such cliches as mystery ads and countdown commercials . In pushing the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone, the two companies are advertising "the first $10.5 million cell phone--an exciting limited-time offer for billionaires."

According to its special site, the phone comes bundled with with an "exotic island" for $10.5 million--$199.99 for the handset and $10,499,800.01 for the land. It even goes so far as to include a pull-down menu with options to use bank accounts based in such tax shelters as Switzerland and the Cayman Islands. But as Uberphones notes, you'll eventually encounter a message that says: "Are you sure you're a billionaire? There is no way we would sell a commodity as precious as an island on a site that just anyone could access. If you are in fact a billionaire and you're still interested in purchasing an island, our broker would be happy to help you find one..."

The contact is Info@privateislandoffer.com. For us, the $100 rebate is more our speed.

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