Global - VAS - Telephone Cards (Archived 2003)


One of the early uses for smartcard technology was the telephone card. Many forms were introduced, including SIM cards for mobile phones, telephone calling cards, prepaid cards etc. This report provides an historical review of the nature and development of these cards, and contains information up until about 2000. For subsequent developments, see the Smartcard reports in the e-Commerce section.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction
  • 3. Smartcards for GSM
  • 4. Telephone Calling cards
    • 4.1 General overview
    • 4.2 Prepaid phonecards
      • 4.2.1 3.2.1 Benefits of prepaid phonecards
    • 4.3 International roaming card
  • 5. Multi-purpose cards
    • 5.1 Other applications
    • 5.2 Super-multipurpose smartcard
    • 5.3 Market segments
  • 6. Trends and developments
  • Table 1 – Telecommunications smart card market shares by card type
  • Table 2 – Potential smartcard market sizes, 1994 - 2000
  • Table 3 – Global smart cards vertical markets share - 1997
  • Exhibit 1 – Telephone cards - definitions
  • Exhibit 2 – Games on calling cards

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Status Archived

Last updated 29 Jan 2002
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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