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BELLPERRE

 BELLPERRE Discontinued
14th December 2008

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BELLPERRE is not a brand we have come across before, but it competes directly in the super-premium handset market against the likes of Vertu and Mobiado. If you're in the market for one of these phones, then you are more interested in craftmanship and exclusivity rather than technical wizardry.

We'll come to the specifications and pricing later - but be warned, these handsets are expensive.. but first it's worth having a look at why these BELLPERRE devices cost so much.

Firstly, each BELLPERRE phone is custom made for its owner to their individual requirements, a process that takes around 2 to 5 weeks. The metal case can either be polished metal (aluminium, steel and titanium), or have yellow or rose gold plating, and then there are well over 100 types of leather options in different colours and different hides (including crocodile, shark, lizard and buffalo), and then there are six different types of gemstone you can specify too. It doesn't stop there, because BELLPERRE can match a specific leather colour and engrave the device too. Each button is made out of solid metal, and the screen is made from sapphire crystal to prevent scratching.

 BELLPERRE range

The phones don't have model names as such, because each one is custom made, for example a BELLPERRE in gold with red crocodile leather is called a "BELLPERRE Gold Croco Rosso". While we're talking about names, "BELLPERRE" itself is derived from "Bella Pelle" (Italian for "Beautiful Skin") and it really is spelled all in CAPITALS.

Underneath, the specifications are a little more modest. It's a Windows Mobile 6 device with a 2" 176 x 220 pixel display, tri-band GSM, a 2.0 megapixel camera, MP3 player, stereo Bluetooth and a USB connector. The screen is a little small for our liking, and we'd prefer it to be quad-band with the addition of 3G support.. but it's certainly good enough to keep your appointments, access your email and make very stylish phone calls.

 BELLPERRE Internal memory is 1GB, which is good, but this is not expandable. Despite the high level of luxury materials in the design, the BELLPERRE phone weighs 120 grams and measures 100 x 44 x 15.5 mm, so it's perhaps a little heavier than a standard phone but still quite pocket friendly.

Because each BELLPERRE phone is custom made, there isn't a price list as such. But the base model is about €1260 plus tax, a gold plated version is about €1680, and a solid gold BELLPERRE with diamonds can be had for around €21,000.

These are not cheap phones, but they do seem to offer better value for money than a Vertu. What's more, the BELLPERRE is a nice looking handset that manages to look expensive but understated at the same time. The sort of thing that might go nicely with an Aston Martin, perhaps.. expensive, but showing good taste.

Anyway, if the credit crunch isn't biting too much then the BELLPERRE range is available now from the manufacturer. There are more photographs in our gallery.

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BELLPERRE specifications at a glance

Available:

Now

Network:

GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

176 x 220 pixels

Camera:

2.0 megapixels

Size:

Medium monoblock
100 x 44 x 16mm / 120 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

No

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

No

Java:

Limited

GPS:

No

Battery life:

Not specified

 

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