We’ve all heard about people collecting stamps, coins, or vintage cars as a hobby. But nobody would expect one to collect old handphones that are now considered obsolete.
Meet Azizol Dollah, a 49-year-old man from Sabak Bernam, Selangor, who personally spent over RM200,000 just to collect 500 old mobile phones that were once the rave in Malaysia.
M’sian man spends over RM200K to collect 500 old phones
Sharing his unusual collection with Kosmo, Azizol said he had been collecting old phones some 30 years ago.
Among the phones he currently owns include the Nokia 3210, Motorola D688, Ericsson S868 and Samsung N188.
“I bought most of the phones myself while working at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur in the 90s, where the Nokia 7600 and 6600 cost me the most at more than RM1,000 each.
“I’ve always been obsessed with owning old mobile phones and am willing to save money to fulfill this hobby.
“Although some cost thousands of Ringgit, my fascination with technology at that time drove me to acquire them no matter what,” he said, adding that his wife is also into collecting old phones.
Plans to keep collection for grandkids
Azizol told the Malay daily that each of the old phones have their own unique design, are more durable, and have a battery life that lasts up to a week.
However, he admitted that his interest in collecting mobile phones decreased after the emergence of smartphones in 2009 and now keeps his collection at home, where he plans to display it at a hotel space that he worked on with a friend.
“I have no intention to sell the phones and I’m looking to keep it for my grandchildren. I hope the younger generation can appreciate these old phones, which can be considered as antique collections with their own intrinsic value.”
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