Optical Cardphone Payphones

The Landis & Gyr optical cardphone was first introduced into the UK by British Telecom (BT) in 1981. These cardphones were used as an alternative to coins to make telephone calls from public payphones. They were superseded by new 'chip' card technology in 1996. Credit card sized pieces of plastic named "BT Phonecards" were used in the payphones and were an extremely popular collectors item throughout the nineties.

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Brand new Landis & Gyr Cardphone Phonecard/Phonocard payphone.

Brand new Landis & Gyr Cardphone Phonecard/Phonocard payphone.

Cardphone 1A model

Cardphone 1A model

Very early Cardphone payphone.

Very early Cardphone payphone.

British Telecom workshop with many Blue Payphones and lone Cardphone 1A.

British Telecom workshop with many Blue Payphones and lone Cardphone 1A.

Sodeco Phonocard - cutting edge technology in 1982.

Sodeco Phonocard - cutting edge technology in 1982.

Sodeco Phonotaxe and Phonocard payphones 1982.

Sodeco Phonotaxe and Phonocard payphones 1982.

BT Payphone 2000 on the platform of London Bridge train station, London, England - November 2013.

BT Payphone 2000 on the platform of London Bridge train station, London, England - November 2013.

BT Payphone 2000 - the public phone took 1. New BT Phonecard (cards with a micro chip), credit/debit cards and BT Chargecards 2. Coins and 3. BT Phonecard (cards with an optical strip).

BT Payphone 2000 - the public phone took 1. New BT Phonecard (cards with a micro chip), credit/debit cards and BT Chargecards 2. Coins and 3. BT Phonecard (cards with an optical strip).

Landis & Gyr 1984 optical telephone card reader with counter.

Landis & Gyr 1984 optical telephone card reader with counter.

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