My love affair with Nokia began when I was 15 years old, when my first mobile phone was a Motorola V2288, and my school friends at the time had the Nokia 5110 and later Nokia 3310. Truth be told, I was jealous at the features and games that they had. Fast forward a few years later, when I finally managed to acquire the Nokia 3350. This was a great little phone, and one of the best things about it was that it had Snake. Awesome, right?

After commencing my first year in university, I went on a phone-spending binge and ending up buying and selling about fifteen phones in that year, of which one was the venerable Nokia 3200. That had a FM radio and a flashlight, and was one of my cherished phones.

After these, I didn’t have a Nokia again until the Nokia 6288, which I kept on contract for a whole two long years, and then came the Nokia 5610 XpressMusic. This was a pivotal phone, as it ran through its life cycle and received firmware updates, I asked questions on the website and talked with other fellow users on Nokia Support Discussions. I managed to stick around and post here and there throughout the years. Through the years, I have acquired a large-ish private collection of Nokia phones, some rarities and other various Nokia accessories such as speakers etc. Also housed are t shirts, mugs and other memorabilia. For my hard work, I have also received the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 1020, and various other older models in pristine condition for my private collection. I have also an active relationship with Nokia Connects (previously WOMWorld and now just Connects), and Nokia Australia.

All of these experiences culminated in the visit in July 2013 to Nokia headquarters in Espoo, Finland. This was a dream come true for me, as I had always dreamed as a teenager, first to even own a Nokia mobile phone and what it would be like to walk through the halls of Nokia HQ. Being shown around the facilities and seeing the old phone collections along with the rooftop gardens, along with dining for lunch with Nokia employees was so awesome. Its an experience I will never forget and one I am immensely thankful and proud of. And I also just had to visit the Nokia flagship customer store in downtown Helsinki too. I have also been lucky enough to attend the recent Lumia 930 launch here in Australia at the Nokia Australia head office in Sydney, and some liaising in Hong Kong earlier in 2014.

It has and continues to be a blast to be involved with Nokia and continue in my capacity on Nokia Support Discussions, Nokia Journeys and social media channels. I am driven by my passion for mobile phones, and in my time I have spent with Nokia employees and advocates, I cannot speak highly enough of them. They love their job, and they love us, the fans, who love their products… I have never encountered in my life the level of interaction and support that they provide us. My heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes out to them for all the time and love they have given myself and others. Their slogan has been Connecting People, and even under the recent Microsoft acquisition, their determination has never ever faltered. So thank you once again to Nokia and all their wonderful staff, and to you the readers, we shall cross paths again soon 🙂

Originally posted on Adrians   blog