Plessey UK Magnetic Payphone Cards

Payphone cards produced by Plessey in the UK were used in trials around the world including in Mexico, Great Britain, Brazil, Bahrain and Finland and showcased at Conferences and Exhibitions in the late Eighties.

The payphone cards pictured below were issued by Plessey UK and were used at trials, conferences and exhibitions in the UK and elsewhere to showcase the companies magnetic card technology.

While fairly large quantities of Plessey promotional and trial cards were printed, very few of them were actually encoded. Cards that were encoded contained 1000 units of £0.10p per unit, making them £100 cards, although Plessey Payphone cards were never placed on sale to the general public to use within payphones.

Pictured above - Plessey card PLE003 - Improving Customer Service - 18th to 19th June 1987.

Plessey UK, later known as GPT UK produced magnetic technology based trail and public telephone cards for the following countries around the world: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda ,Ascension Islands, Bahrain, Barbados, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, China - Shanghai, Shenzhen, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Finland, Great Britain (Mercurycards), Greece, Grenada, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Macau, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Russia, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America.


UK Plessey Cards

The cards below, issued by Plessey, UK, have been used at conferences and exhibitions in the UK and subsequently elsewhere. To view a larger image simply click the picture of the card below.

PLE001 Plessey Linking the World 87 - 50units

Year: 1987

PLE001b Plessey Linking the World 87 - 100units

Year: 1987

PLE001c Plessey Linking the World 87 - 500units

Year: 1987

PLE003 Improving Customer Service - 1000units

Year: 1989

PLE004 Linking the World - 1000units

Year: 1987

PLE005 Rover Sterling 825 Car - 1000 units

Year: 1987

PLE006 Buckingham Place - 1000 units

Year: 1987

PLE007 Moscow - St Basil's Cathedral - 1000 units

Year: 1987

PLE008 India - Taj Mahal - 1000 units

Year: 1987

PLE009 Brazil - View of Rio de Janeiro - 1000 units

Year: 1987

PLE010 Fishing Boats - 1000 units

Year: 1987

PLE011 Liverpool Football Club 1989 - 1000 units

Year: 1989

PLE012 Brazil Football Team - 1000 units

Year: 1987

PLE013 USA - Statue of Liberty Hudson River - 1000 units

Year: 1987

PLE014 USA - Statue of Liberty - 1000 units

Year: 1987

PLE015 Enjoy Coca-Cola Coke - 1000 units

Year: 1987

PLE017 Plessey (Trail Card) - 40 units

Year: 1988

PLE018 Plessey (Trail Card) - 100 units

Year: 1988


Overseas Plessey Cards

The cards below, issued by Plessey, UK, have been used at conferences and exhibitions around the world. The first three cards are Brazilian issues, then China and finally USA. To view a larger image simply click the picture of the card below.

BR-X12-04 Brazil - Bahía de Guanabara y Corcovado - 1000 units

Year: not known

BR-X12-07 Brazil - Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro - 1000 units

Year: not known

Not known Brazil - Brazilian coastline (trail card?) - 1000 units

Year: not known

CN-Tel-Test/Demo-01 China, Forbidden City Beijing 1st customer trial Demo card

Year: not known

US-MD-11 Pace '88 Atlanta view - Black/White specimen card

Year: 1988


Plessey Payphone cards to look out for

Plessey card Buckingham Place (PLE006) was also released with a reverse print for "Press Luncheon, Ritz Hotel, London" as pictured below. The card is catalogued with cat no. PLE006b. The regular PLE006 card has a black reverse and features the text "Plessey Payphone Card - 1000 units" on the front/face of the card. The PLE006b card has no text on the front/face of the card.

Pictured above - Plessey Payphones Ritz Hotel London Press Luncheon back print (PLE006b).

Pictured below - Plessey Payphone card View of Rio de Janeiro (PLE009) Black/White specimen card.


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