December 5, 2020
Sehabettin Ozcelik has got a lot of phones (Photo by Ozkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency via Getty...

Sehabettin Ozcelik has got a lot of phones (Photo by Ozkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Sahabettin Özçelik has probably got the largest collection of mobile phones you’ve ever laid eyes on.

Starting out as a repairer two decades ago, he has amassed a collection of over 1,000 phones. Almost all of them are from the days before smartphones, when you actually had to push a button rather than the screen to call someone.

Özçelik lives in Van, an eastern province of Turkey, and continues to collect phones even as he repairs them.

His collection used to be even larger, but thieves broke into his house and stole 700 of them two years ago.

Even so, he has managed to fill a room with the technological artifacts.

The collection takes up an entire room in his house in Van, Turkey

The collection takes up an entire room in his house in Van, Turkey (Photo by Ozkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

VAN, TURKEY - OCTOBER 20: Phone repairman Sehabettin Ozcelik, collecting mobile phones over 20 years, now owns a thousand of them, displays his collection in his house in Van, Turkey on October 20, 2020. (Photo by Ozkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Ozcelik says he has over a thousand different phones (Photo by Ozkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

‘I started doing this job because of my interest in cellphones. One day, I decided to start a collection, thinking they would be outdated soon. All phones in my collection still work, but they are no longer manufactured,’ he told Anadolu Agency (AA) on Thursday.

His collection consists of both phones he has purchased and those discarded by their previous owners.

Back when you had to actually press buttons to use phones

Back when you had to actually press buttons to use phones (Photo by Ozkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

‘They are all rare models and very valuable. Some buyers approached me and wanted to buy some, but I did not sell.

‘It is a difficult job to keep them maintained, but I want to keep them in the best condition as much as I can,’ he said.


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