Bling-bling ... here's one iPhone you won't be buying for your staff

By: John McGarvey

Date: 20 June 2013

Bling iPhone 5

Although more and more companies are providing staff with iPads, iPhones and other mobile technology, gold plating company Goldgenie has announced a customised iPhone that'll smash even the most generous of equipment budgets.

The completely ridiculous Superstar Ice iPhone 5 is customised with 200 grams of solid 18-carat gold, making it look less like a phone and more like a prop from Bond film Goldfinger. (That's about where the parallels with James Bond end, mind you. We can't really see Daniel Craig using this abomination to place a call to Q.)

Oh, and the price? At £68,000, it's just a smidgen over the usual £699 retail price for a top-end iPhone 5. That does include a luxury cherry oak box, plus a certficate of authenticity, mind you.

There are a number of downsides to owning this fine customised gadget, of course. In addition to looking like a numpty every time you make a call, you'll find your iPhone 5 is noticeably heavier and more attractive to thieves.

No news on what all that gold does to signal strength, but encasing an antenna in metal is generally a good way to significantly reduce its effectiveness.

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