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Funnily enough, charging ££££s for trashy bling-phones wasn't a great idea

Vertu, the British smartphone maker known for its obscenely expensive blinged-out handsets, will shut down over an apparent lack of interest in obscenely expensive blinged-out handsets. The bust biz, which did not return a request for comment, was wound up this week in London's High Court. It will liquidate assets and put …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jul 2017

Jurassic Part: Vertu announces lizard-skin phones

Vertu, makers of super-expensive phones for the insanely rich, has announced two new lizard-skin phones, coming in at a cool £7,600. “Night Forest is a rich dark green and the Dark Scarlet is a beautifully woody chestnut red, both inspired by the canopy of an English woodland," said the UK manufacturer and retailer of luxury …
Simon Rockman, 7 Jun 2015

Bling, bling, it's HTC here: Clear us a place on the gold phone bandwagon

While Apple and Samsung mess about with gold-coloured phones, HTC has plated real gold onto five of its HTC One handsets as a promotional exercise for the forthcoming Mobo awards. There will only be five blinged-out HTC One handsets for the awards, with the winner of the best newcomer award at the Mobos getting one of them. We …
Bill Ray, 8 Oct 2013
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Vertu-alised Android revealed at an all-too-real €7,900

Vertu, the luxury phone brand Nokia last year sold to a private outfit EQT, has revealed its first Android-powered smartphone. The €7,900 ($US10,624 or £6,778) handset runs Ice Cream Sandwich, aka Android 4.0, boasts a “sapphire screen” said to be astoundingly scratch resistant and “four times stronger than other smart phones …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2013
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Nokia eyes private equity buyer for bling-phone firm

Private equity firm EQT appears to be back in the running as a potential buyer of Vertu, Nokia's wholly owned maker of bling-phones for the extremely well-heeled. Newsagency Reuters today said sources familiar with the sale negotiations had claimed Nokia wants €200m ($251m/£161m) for Vertu and its currently trying to persuade …
Tony Smith, 13 Jun 2012
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Nokia, private equity chat about €200m bling phone firm sale

Nokia's plan to sell off Vertu, its subsidiary that makes handsets for folk with so much money they don't even need sense, emerged back in December 2011. Now it looks like the sale may go ahead. Talking to the Finnish phone giant is, one mole claims, Permira, a Europe-based private equity company. The alleged asking price: € …
Keir Ching, 30 Apr 2012
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Nokia to sell off luxury phone brand

Nokia is planning to sell off Vertu, its wholly-owned luxury-phone brand, which sells basic mobile phones with classy cases to the overpaid. The FT reports the news, which Nokia hasn't yet confirmed, but the paper reckons Goldman Sachs has been appointed to oversee the sell-off, which is likely to see the UK-based Vertu put …
Bill Ray, 8 Dec 2011
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Bling phone maker invites celebs to flog first smartphone

It's official: Vertu luxury mobile phones are not simply for the incredibly well-heeled but also for the celebrity obsessed too. We are neither, but last night, we happened upon a fleet of Vertu-branded Mercedes limos parked outside a Great Portland Street, London Italian eaterie to which the chauffeurs had decamped for dinner …
Keir Ching, 13 Oct 2010

Vertu presents €5K flip phone

Ultra-expensive mobile phone manufacturer Vertu is back with its latest credit crunch-defying handset - Ayxta. Vertu_Ayxta Vertu's Ayxta - it's not a Nokia 7510, honest The phone forms part of Vertu’s existing Constellation collection and is apparently the first of the firm’s phones to feature a flip design. Designed to …
James Sherwood, 25 Sep 2009

'Louis Vuitton'-edition 'Moto Aura' launched

Motorola’s wacky flip-around mobile phone, the Aura, is supposedly the pinnacle of handset style. But a third-party’s designed a knock-off model that's crucially much, much cheaper. Imobile_V453_01 The Imobile Phone V453: 'inspired' by Motorola's Aura and Louis Vuitton Motorola launched Aura back in October and it later …
James Sherwood, 17 Mar 2009

Vertu offers £20k phone with 'beaten up' look

Mobile phones are nothing more than collections of plastic, wires and chips, aren’t they? Not if you’re a Nokia Vertu customer, because its latest talker is a gathering of sapphire crystal and walnut. Vertu_150_01 Vertu's Boucheron 150 phone: luxurious The Boucheron 150 may look like it’s done ten rounds with Ricky Hatton …
James Sherwood, 10 Dec 2008

Nokia pulls out of Japan, sort of

Japan is on of the world’s biggest markets for mobile phones, but Nokia has announced that it plans to stop selling its handsets there. The Finnish phone giant blamed the “current economic climate” for its decision. It's not yet clear exactly when Nokia’s plan will take effect. "We have concluded that the continuation of our …
James Sherwood, 28 Nov 2008

Nokia to become virtual network for Vertu

Nokia will this month announce its intention to launch a network services division in 2009, it has been claimed. Japanese-language website Yomiuri Shimbun has reported that the Finnish phone giant will initially launch the service in Japan during February 2009. The country currently has three main network providers: NTT …
James Sherwood, 24 Nov 2008

Vertu's back...

Sod growing fears of a global recession, because expensive handset manufacturer Vertu is back with its latest wallet-weakening talker. Vertu's S Design Documents unearthed on the US Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) website have revealed Vertu is developing a handset that'll form part of its established Signature …
James Sherwood, 15 Sep 2008

Brit glitterati offered high-flying handset

Jet-setting professionals often seek out the most exclusive gadgets and what’s more elite than a handset made from materials used to make aeroplanes and sapphire? Mobiado_Professional_105_ZAF Mobiado's 105 ZAF: made from aircraft-grade aluminium The latest mobile phone from manufacturer Mobiado is called the Professional …
James Sherwood, 23 May 2008

Latest 'designer handset' touted by Christian Dior

Watch out Nokia Vertu, because there’s now another ridiculously priced handset on the market. Designer Christian Dior is to launch a line of bling-encrusted phones priced at up to $5000 (£2541/€3179). CD_designer_phones Christian Dior's phone range: set to be exclusive... and expensive The designer’s phones, like many …
James Sherwood, 21 May 2008

Toffs' phone maker goes loco over Rococo

Vertu has used an 18th Century French art movement as the inspiration for its latest range of exclusive, overpriced handsets. vertu_rococo_noir Vertu's Rococo handset in noir The Rococo series, which is just one handset available in lots of different bodies, has been designed to celebrate Vertu’s tenth anniversary. The …
James Sherwood, 30 Apr 2008

The handset that's more diamond than phone

If you’re hoping to save a few bucks on this year’s Valentine’s Day gift, then make sure your missus doesn’t find out about the latest gem-encrusted handset from Japanese carrier Softbank and breakfast-friendly jeweller Tiffany & Co. Softbank_diamond_handset Softbank's handset has 400 diamonds stuck on With a jaw-dropping …

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