Most expensive mobile phone number-world record
set by Qtel
DOHA, Qatar -- During a charity auction, the mobile
phone number 666 6666 was sold for 10m Qatari riyals ($2.75
million) at an auction held by Qatar Telecom-setting the world
record for the most expensive mobile (cell) phone number.
Photo: The auction started at a
million riyals and interest quickly narrowed from eight bidders
to just two, according to Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA).
The auction was organised by national telco
Qtel, which has run two previous auctions.
“Qtel has a long track record of innovative campaigns
for the local community and we are very proud to have the
mobile number auction commemorated in this way,” said Adel
Al Mutawa, Executive Director of Group Communications, Qtel.
Photo: Waleed Mohammad Al Sayed (left)
with the SIM card for the mobile number, 6666666, at the auction
Photo: Ayub Abdullah
The amount will be utilised by Qtel to establish
a health project in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation,
Qtel Executive Director (Group Communications) Waleed Mohammad
Al Sayed disclosed.
Having seven sixes as your mobile number
might seem devilish to some, but interpretations vary. A brief
dip into the weird world of numerology shows 666 is seen as
holy in Judaism because it represents six directions - up,
down, north, south, east and west. Others equate it with the
Arabic word "ellah" meaning God.
On a techy note, the first Apple Computer sold
for $666.66, the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is w
- so www. shows how evil the internet is :-))
And finally, Viagra has a molecular weight of
The previous record holder was Chinese number
8888 8888, which sold for US$ 480,000 (£270,000). The Cantonese
word for eight sounds very similar to the word for rich. It
was bought by Sichuan Airlines.
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