Albania, 1994

Albania, 1994

The light blue definitive card manufactured and supplied by Urmet is well known among collectors and usually considered the first issue of Albania. But less known indeed is that another card was used previously, some…

Andorra, 1991

Andorra, 1991

Phonecards coming from this small European Country are highly popular among collectors especially for their beauty and low mintages. The first one, a chip card of which 20,000 cards were issued, commemorated the 4th Games…

Austria, 1980

Austria, 1980

Austria always used the optical cards of Landis & Gyr for public telephony, and commercialized many different ones, both public and private. The first Austrian telephone card was yellow, without the white band, and with…

Bielorussia, 1994

Belarus, 1994

In Belarus, two companies issued telephone cards: the Beltelecom government company, which used the Urmet system and then, from 1995, the chip card system; and BelCel, which instead relied on the magnetic technology of the…

Belgio, 1977

Belgium, 1977

Belgium was the second country in the world to issue telephone cards, after Italy, and for many years the system used was that provided by the Swiss Landis & Gyr. The first cards were two…

Bulgaria, 1988

Bulgaria, 1988

Following some experiments started in 1981, the first series of public telephone cards saw the light in 1988. They were four magnetic cards, with values of 1, 2, 5 and 10 leva, with the same…

Croatia, 1991

Croatia, 1991

We all know the beautiful Croatian cards with chip, but the first cards, in use from 1991 to 1994, were magnetic cards supplied by GPT. The first one had the Croatian colors on white background,…

Cipro, 1988

Cyprus, 1988

Produced by the English GPT, the first card used on the island was a complimentary card, representing a satellite antenna, with 1CYPA code and 10,000 run. Shortly thereafter, a series of three ordinary green and…

Cecoslovacchia, 1991

Czechoslovakia, 1991

This nation no longer exists since January 1, 1993, but before the split between Czech Republic and Slovakia, some chip cards were issued. The first two appeared in May 1991, on the occasion of the…

Danimarca, 1982

Denmark, 1982

In addition to the national telephone company, KTAS (which later became Tele Danmark), in Denmark there were several regional telephone companies, each of which issued their own cards before being absorbed by Tele Danmark. Manufactured…