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Tired of smartphones? This vintage mobile phone museum will take you down memory lane. See pics

Before smartphones, there were heavier mobile phones that were too expensive for many people to afford. A vintage mobile museum in Slovakia showcases 3,500 such vintage mobile phones and no smartphones.

art and culture Updated: Sep 09, 2017 13:01 IST
Reuters, Slovakia
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A man looks at old mobile phones inside of a private museum of phones in Dobsina.(Reuters)

As new smartphones hit the market month after month, a Slovak technology buff is offering visitors a glimpse of vintage cellphones at his museum. A visit will take you back to a time when cellphones weighed more than today’s computers and most people couldn’t afford them.

An old mobile phone inside the private museum of phones in Dobsina. ( Reuters )

Twenty-six year-old online marketing specialist Stefan Polgari from Slovakia began his collection more than two years ago when he bought a stock of old cellphones online. Today, his collection boasts of 1,500 models, or 3,500 pieces when counting duplicates. The museum, which takes up two rooms in his house in the small eastern town of Dobsina, opened last year and is accessible by appointment.

The collection includes the Nokia 3310, which recently got a facelift and re-release, as well as a fully functional, 20-year-old, brick-like Siemens S4 model, which cost a whopping 23,000 Slovak koruna — more than twice the average monthly wage in Slovakia when it came out.

Old Nokia mobile phones are placed on a shelf inside the private museum. ( Reuters )

“These are design and technology masterpieces that did not steal your time. There are no phones younger than the first touchscreen models, definitely no smartphones,” said Mr Polgari, adding, “It’s hard to say which phone is most valuable to me, perhaps the Nokia 350i Star Wars edition.” Interestingly, Polgari uses an iPhone in his daily life.

Check out some images of the museum:

A selection of colourful vintage phones. ( Reuters )
A selection of flip phones. ( Reuters )
Older models of mobile phones. ( Reuters )
A view of the museum. ( Reuters )

The old mobile phone models were often expensive and bulky. ( Reuters )

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First Published: Sep 09, 2017 13:00 IST