Antigua & Barbuda, 1989

Antigua and Barbuda is a former British possession, became independent since 1981, composed of the two homonymous islands and several smaller islands. The first telephone cards used were provided by Cable & Wireless and produced…

Argentina, 1991

The first phonecards which have been used in Argentina were issued by Telef√≥nica de Argentina and produced by Italian firm Urmet. They were two cards with face value of 100 and 200 units as the…

Armenia, 1994

A nation from recent history, so even the first cards were issued late compared to other countries, produced in Italy by Urmet. The series is of two values: 25 units, with the image of the…

Aruba, 1988

The island of Aruba is a Dutch dependency in Central America, located in the Caribbean Sea twenty-four kilometers from the coast of Venezuela. The first public cardphones installed on the island were supplied by Landis…

Ascension, 1985

Before switching to the magnetic system of GPT cards, Cable & Wireless, the telephone operator on Ascension Island, had installed public telephones in 1985 using magnetic cards supplied by Autelca. The cards issued, of the…

Australia, 1989

Phonecards were introduced into Australia in late 1989 when an engineering field trial was conducted in Geelong, Victoria by Telecom Australia, using cards supplied by Anritsu Corporation, a japanese based firm. Fifteen card and combined…

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…

Azerbaijan, 1993

The Alcatel magnetic card system was used in Azerbaijan since 1993. The first cards issued were a series of 6, with views of Baku, the capital: 3 with a value of 300 units and 3…

Bahamas, 1992

The Bahamas are an island state of Central America, a coral archipelago of 700 islands, only 30 of them inhabited, in the Atlantic Ocean a few kilometers from Miami and Cuba. Public telephones, installed in…

Bahrain, 1986

Magstripe cards were originally manufactured by Autelca on behalf the Bahrain Telecommunications Company B.S.C. There was a set of 4 definitives with use instructions in both English and Arabic and black control numbers on the…