In this speeding generation of high-end technology, when everyone is into buying smartphones every now and then, this 26 year old Slovakian, Stefan Polgari, who is an online digital marketing specialist, has got a different taste. Polargi started collecting old mobile phones more than two years ago. He bought a whole stock of vintage phones online. Currently, his collection brags some 1,500 models, or 3,500 pieces when counting duplicates. This Slovak technology buff has a museum of vintage mobile phones and offers visitors a trip down the memory lane.
Polgari’s museum, which has two rooms in his house, is in the small eastern town of Dobsina. The museum was opened last year and is accessible by appointment.
The Slovakian tried to collect every mobile phone possible, and now his collection has got almost all the brands and models including the Nokia 3310, which recently got a new fancy look and re-released, as well as a fully functional, 20-year old, Siemens S4 model, which costs a massive amount of 23,000 Slovak koruna - more than twice the average monthly wage in Slovakia when it came out.
“These are design and technology masterpieces that did not steal your time. There are no phones younger than the first touch screen models, definitely no smartphones”, said Stefan Polargi. “It’s hard to say which phone is most valuable to me, perhaps the Nokia 350i Star Wars edition.”