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…

Faroe Islands, 1993

The Faroe Islands are a subarctic archipelago of 18 islands, located off the northern coast of Europe, between the Norwegian Sea and the north of the Atlantic Ocean, halfway between Iceland and Norway. The islands…

Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, 1996

The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Savezna Republika Jugoslavija) was an independent state of Europe, formed on 27 April 1992 by the union of the republics of Serbia and Montenegro (including the autonomous regions of Vojvodina…

Finland, 1982

In Finland at that time there were 58 independent telephone companies, many of which used their own telephone cards, often custom-made standard cards with overprinting. The PTT national telephone company (which later became "Tele") was…

France, 1978

Before finally installing the public telephone system based on chip cards, France Telecom conducted in 1978 some trials based on magnetic cards provided by Landis & Gyr, and then installed, in 1980, a system provided…

Georgia, 1996

Reborn as a state in 1991, after being a republic of the Soviet Union, Georgia installed public telephones that used electronic chip cards in 1996, but disposed of them in 2000, issuing only 7 cards.…

Germany, 1983

Deutche Bundespost ran parallel field trials of four different systems before definitively adopting chip cards. The first trials began in June 1983 with the optical cards of Landis & Gyr. 30 telephones were installed in…

Gibraltar, 1990

As can easily be seen from the logo on the various cards issued over the years, the Gibraltar Telephone Company is the GNC, born from the merger between the Government of Gibraltar and the American…

Great Britain, 1981

The first cards issued by British Telecom date back to 1981 and the system adopted was the optical card system of Landis & Gyr. The cards were initially produced in Switzerland, but from March 1983…

Greece, 1992

Following a period of experimentation started in 1987, during which several systems were tested, the first public cards were distributed just in 1992, at the International Fair of Thessaloniki. For the occasion, some chipcard-based phones…