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…

Uganda, 1992

A series of four magnetic cards, supplied by the Japanese Tamura, was used in Uganda since 1992. It consisted of four values: 50, 100, 500 and 1000 units, and it should be noted that the…

Rwanda, 1994

The first telephone cards used in Rwanda were not public, but were provided to the UN peacekeeping forces that operated in the country from 1993 to 1996. They were two magnetic cards provided by the…

Venezuela, 1984

Chip cards from Venezuela are easy to get and issued in great quantities. But not all know that the first card used in this Country has been a magnetic one, manufactured by Italian SIDA and…