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Cards Types


Last updated: October 19, 2002


Hi, this page is intended as a small guide for the main type of cards, divided by technology and manifacturer.

Magnetic cards

Urmet
Russia (front)

Urm
Vatican City

GPT
These cards have a magnetic band on the front size. The upper left corner must be removed to insert the card in the phone.

Some of the countries that use these cards are Italy, Poland, Bangladesh, Pakistan, but many other countries used them in the past since this has been the first technology used in telephonecards.
GPT
Bulgaria (front)

GPT
Bulgaria (back)

GPT
These kind of cards have been used in a lot of countries such as New Zealand, Singapore, Jersey, Kuwait, Bahrain, ...
Control number: 45 BUL C 007566:
45 => Series number
BUL => Country Identifier
C => Order n. of the card in the series
Alcatel
Latvia (front)

Alca (front)
Latvia (back)

Alca (back)
These kind of cards have been used in Latvia, Turkey and maybe somewhere else.
Estonia (front)

Alca (front)
Estonia (back)

Alca (back)
 
Autelca
Hong Kong (front)

Aut (front)
Hong Kong (back)

Aut (back)
Other countries using these cards are Korea, Cameroon, Qatar, Yemen and Ivory Coast.
Anritsu
Australia (back)

Aut (front)
Hong Kong (back)

Aut (back)
Other countries using these cards are Korea, Cameroon, Qatar, Yemen and Ivory Coast.
Tamura

Optical cards

Landys & Gyr
Taiwan (front)

L&G
Taiwan (back)

L&G
These cards have a stripe in the upper part than can be read optically.
In some cases the use of the cards is shown by dark marks that are printed on the stripe by the phone.
Some of the countries that adopted this technology are UK, Netherland, Belgium (all of them now migrated to chip), Israel, Austria, ...

Inductive cards

Interlagos
Brazil (front)

Inte (front)
Brazil (back)

Inte (back)

These cards are used only in Brazil, as far as I know.

Chip cards

Other cards

Remote memory cards
Italy

Rem (front)
Italy

Rem (back)

These cards haven't a stored value on them. Many collectors don't consider them as "phonecards".
They can be used from any touch-tone phone and this is why they are used so frequently and almost everywhere.