Bolivia, 1990

Several public telephone card systems were used in Bolivia over the years by various telephone companies: magnetic, inductive, chip, remote memory... however, the first telephone cards were issued by the Entel company and were supplied…

Northern Mariana Islands, 1990

The Mariana Islands are an archipelago of Micronesia that extend for more than 500 kilometers in the Pacific Ocean, located between the coast of the Philippines and Hawaii. The Northern Mariana Islands, not to be…

Micronesia, 1990

The Federated States of Micronesia, abbreviated FSM and also known simply as Micronesia is an independent republic associated with the United States. It consists of four states – from west to east, Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei…

Syria, 1990

The first cards in Syria were magnetic and were supplied by Tamura: a series of 4 cards with face values of 200, 500, 1000 and 1500 units, which were used for some years. Later the…

Cambodia, 1992

The first public issue of this country dates back to 1993, with a series of three cards provided by Anritsu and depicting scenes from ancient temples; however, as early as the year before, phone cards…

Indonesia, 1988

Indonesian telephone company, state-owned, was called Perumtel when they started to issue phonecards in November 1988 using the magnetic system, with cards supplied by Japanese company Tamura. The first set of cards bore the same…

Singapore, 1985

Colorful GPT cards which are well known to collectors were introduced in Singapore in 1989, but Tamura cards have been in use since 1985. The first cards were a set of 5 values, $ 2…

Laos, 1992

Laos began using the magnetic card system installed by Tamura in 1992, with the issue of a first series of three values (100, 300 and 500 units); about fifteen other cards were issued later, until…

United Arab Emirates, 1988

Following some successful trials during 1986/87, Tamura cards were adopted and the first public set was issued in 1988: there were four different cards, each one with a different slogan about telephone sevices, but for…

Philippines, 1990

In this country, several prepaid phone card systems are currently in use, but the first public-line telephone system to be installed, in 1990, was the Japanese Tamura, which then also provided the first issues, a…