has been enjoying a resurgence in recent
weeks. In the past two weeks alone we have
reported the sales of Whisky.com at
("games" in Chinese) at $2,430,000
and 37.com at $1,960,800.
Nosebleed territory for sure, but
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of you knew that some mobile phone
numbers also sell at stratospheric levels,
just like the best domain names?
perfect example of that came last week
when the United Arab Emirates mobile
phone number 050-777-7777 was sold
in an auction for a mind-bending Dhs
7.82 million which comes out to $2,120,000
at today's exchange rate. Why is that such
a good number combination? To dial a
mobile number within the UAE, you dial 050
and then the number. The string of seven
lucky 7's should be self explanatory.
News! report on the March 8
sale said the multi-millionaire Emirati
buyer did not wish to be identified (no
wonder, since everyone now knows
his phone number can you imagine how many
people are already trying to call him)!
it was the most expensive one, that was not the
only high dollar mobile phone number purchased
in the auction of "VIP" numbers
released by UAE mobile service provider Etisalat.
A total of 70 mobile phone numbers were put up
for bid in a sale that generated more than Dhs
20 million ($5.44 million).
$2.12 million for a mobile phone number is mind
boggling, 050-777-7777 came with some extra
perks. Etisalat also gave the buyer 22,500
local minutes per month for two years, 2,250
international minutes per month over the same
time frame and 100GB of data per month
for two years. In addition, 22,500 local
text messages and 300 incoming roaming
minutes per month for two years were included in
the deal. Hey, for $2.12 million why put any
restrictions on it - give the guy unlimited
talk and text - heck, I get that on my $79
Hat tip to George Hong for the lead on