Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (
1881-1938) - Founder of the Turkish Republic on The Netherlands KPN/Telecom
TURKISH PHONECARDS CATALOGUES
Our 14th Wedding Anniversary 27 May 2002 on a Latvia card
In Memory of
Our Fischer's lovebird "Haydut - Bandit"
Greetings from White Sands Resort - Maldives, December
My name is Izzet Kirbas and I
live in Istanbul - Turkiye. I'm an Electrical Engineer, living and working in Istanbul. I'm
51 years old. I
collect used phone cards all over the World, preferred with some
themes. My favourite theme is butterfly phonecards. Please visit my
butterfly cards link above and I guess you like it.
I have started to collect
on February 1998 with 20 cards. Now I have nearly 6000 cards ( I guess !!! ). Due to
huge amount of phone cards issued all over the World, I decided to collect only
aircraft's, space and satellites, animals ( especially
butterflies and tigers
), Santa Claus, Coca/Pepsi Cola, Disney's, UNICEF, Formula 1 and Racing cars.
General information about
phone cards issued by PTT and Türk Telecom:
First phone cards have been
appeared in September 1986. They have been issued by PTT and they were
Landis & Gyr
optical cards. They are produced between 1986
and 1992. Beginning from 1989, optical cards changed to Belgian
Alcatel-Bell type which are thin magnetic cards. On April 24th, 1995;
the operation rights of the telecommunication system in Turkiye handed
over to Türk Telekom Company.
Alcatel cards are produced
3 different versions: 30 units, 60 units, 100 units and they are most
widely used cards in Turkiye. A special point of the Alcatel cards used
in Turkiye were : The cards retained by the phone when the credit
expired to re-charge and re-sold them until summer 1999. For this
reason it is difficult to find the cards issued before summer 1999.
Türk Telekom has not issued
different designed common cards between May 1997 and May 1999 except
limited issued (10.000) anniversary cards. Generally these cards gone
to sellers and never sold in public. For this reason it is always
for me to find different cards to swap except the new ones. I can
maximum up to 20 different cards at a time.
Smart chip phone cards are not
produced and used in Turkiye until 1996. First widely used smart chip phone cards
issued on May 1996 by Netas Telephone Company during the United Nations
Conference on Human Settlements,Habitat II City Submit, 3-14 June 1996
in Istanbul. They were 100 and 350 units and 44.000 and 36.000 pieces
issued each one's respectively.
At the beginning of the 1998,
Türk Telekom introduced new "Kuresel Kart". They
prepaid remote call cards. They are sold in a sealed envelope
with hidden pin code on reverse side. Only three different cards issued
up to now: 100, 200 and 400 units. Their units are different from the
magnetic cards and 1 unit of a pre-paid card = 2 unit of a magnetic
card, so we can say in fact they were 200, 400 and 800 units.
Unfortunately this system did not widely accepted by users and already
out of operation.
In September 2000, Türk
its new smart chip cards and new public phones in Bilisim 2000 CeBit
different chip cards are distributed in that fair to show and
new chip operated phones. Beginning from January 2001, these new chip
public phones installed at the different districts of Istanbul, as a
region; later expanded as cover all over Turkiye. New public phones accept both smart chip and credit cards for
At the moment, both new chip and Alcatel magnetic cards are in use, but
will all replaced by chip operated after a few years transition period.
New smart chip cards came with
a 16 cards series : "Great Turkic States in the History". Series
completed at December 2001. Other chip series with nice themes followed this
first chip series.
Images can be seen at the relevant link
In September 2004, new
prepaid cards introduced with a promotional 20 units followed by 50,
100, 200 and 500 units sold at the PTT's and Turk Telekom
This page frequently
up-dated. I will add more detailed information about Turkish
phone cards in the future.
20.05.2015 Last up-dated
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