Canada, 1988

In Canada the so-called “remote-memory” cards were widely used, as well as in the United States. However, the first cards in use in the country were provided by GPT, for a field trial conducted at the military base of Goose Bay, Labrador, during the month of September 1988. Two standard cards were supplied, one of 500 units, which cost $ 25, and a 1000-unit one, for $ 50. The trial was not very successful, and ended as early as March 1989, with very few cards sold.
Another four years had to pass before the official launch of the remote-memory cards: in early 1993, the company Phone Line International put the first cards of this type on sale in Canada.