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(17 Jun 2017) LEADINA mobile phone enthusiast has amassed a collection of 330 of the original devices from the 1990s onwards.From vintage Nokias to Motorolas - some even have all the original text messages on them.STORYLINEMost mobile phone fans eagerly await the launch of the latest, most technologically advanced model.But for Denis Kichkin, from the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia, the older the phone the better.Over the past three years he's amassed a collection of 330 of the devices.One of his favourites is the Nokia 2110 released in 1994, one of the smallest from its time and the first to carry the company's iconic ring tone."It is one of the first GSM phones made by Nokia. The phone (was released) in 1994. So count, (it's) 23 years old in fact. And it still works," explains Kichkin.His collection began when he decided to keep his own Nokia N91, which still has around 5000 messages between him and his then girlfriend who is now his wife.He reads out a particularly touching one he sent after the birth of their daughter which reads: "Thanks for Sonechka (their daughter) granted by God and you! I (love) you all! You are just amazing!"He explains: "It's still saved in the phone's storage. And when my daughter grows up, in 10 years, I will show her all this. I think she will be happy to see all this."After keeping this phone he then decided to hold onto his next 12 phones and that's how his collection began.Friends started to give him their phones as well as people at markets and workshops."At various radio markets, at phone workshops, sometimes someone would give them to me (for free), but mainly I bought them. I repaired most of them, sometimes changed plates, sometimes displays. So it was a large effort," explains Kichkin.The most expensive phone in his collection is the Nokia 8110. Kichkin paid 4000 rubles (approximately 70 US Dollars) for it, but says it was a bargain since the seller didn't realise how valuable this old fashioned phone is. "Even an old leather cover of it (Nokia 8110) still remained. Neo (the main character in the film The Matrix had such (a phone) if anyone remembers. I like this phone very much."Most of the collectibles needed to be repaired. Kichkin carefully changed broken cases and cracked displays but the main problem was batteries. Many old ones had expired and new ones were no longer being produced. Yuriy Detyatev, a microelectronics engineer and Kichkin's friend, came to help him:"I deal with soldering batteries. Every phone used to have its unique battery size. And now we assemble them with new ones, now batteries have become tiny. And we try to fit them into old phones in different ways. And we succeed," says Detyatev.Kichkin says his collection is all about nostalgia:"I get goosebumps when I take a phone which I used to have. You switch it on and remember such moments of your life," he explains. As well as his friends Kichkin's family are also getting involved in his hobby. Even his daughter Sonya Kichkina now checks out phone shops on her way home from school."They (the phones) are cool. Some of them can twist, some are like this (showing the phone)," she says.Denis Kichkin has almost completed his collection, saying he's now just a few of models short of the full vintage collection. However the collector doesn't plan to stop here - next he plans to launch a video blog where he will speak about the technical details and the history of every mobile phone he has.You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/you... Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork

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