A Brief History of Prepaid Phone Cards

Read more about the history of the telephone card below!

1876 – The telephone is invented by Alexander Graham Bell in the city of Boston, Massachusetts.

1927 – AT&T allows individuals to make a three minute phone call from the United States to London at a cost of $75 dollars. Local phone calls can be made at a rate of $6 per minute.

1975 – SIDA, an Italian vending machine manufacturer invents the first phone card as a solution to a widespread coin shortage throughout Italy. Cards were enabled with a magnetic strip and were inserted into public payphone readers that deducted minutes.

1984 – Computer chips replace the magnetic strip on phone cards and increase their effectiveness by making cards difficult to replicate illegally.

1876 – The telephone is invented by Alexander Graham Bell in the city of Boston, Massachusetts.

1927 – AT&T allows individuals to make a three minute phone call from the United States to London at a cost of $75 dollars. Local phone calls can be made at a rate of $6 per minute.

1975 – SIDA, an Italian vending machine manufacturer invents the first phone card as a solution to a widespread coin shortage throughout Italy. Cards were enabled with a magnetic strip and were inserted into public payphone readers that deducted minutes.

1984 – Computer chips replace the magnetic strip on phone cards and increase their effectiveness by making cards difficult to replicate illegally.

1987 – Calling cards are introduced to the United States. Cards can be used from any phone as they no longer need to be inserted into a card reader – Customers dial an access number and enter in a PIN code to make discounted phone calls.

1990’s – Nearly 2 million individuals worldwide are involved in collecting unique and interesting phone cards to display and trade.

1996 – ComFi.com is established – allowing customers to purchase virtual phone cards from the comfort of their homes with PIN numbers and dialing instructions emailed instantly.

2010 – ComfiDirect is released to the general public online – callers are able to make international calls at the push of a button by registering the foreign number they would like to reach to a USA local number linked to their existing phone card.

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