RIP BT Phonecards

Posted by Lord Bearkeeper OBE DASc on
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The other day I was playing around on the internet when I came across the picture above. The memories came flooding back and I wondered if you could still actually get a BT Phonecard these days. For those of you not old enough to remember them, they were a pre-payment card to use in BT Phone Boxes in the days before mobile phones. It turns out that Phonecards passed away unmourned and in near-obscurity in phone boxes all over the UK, aged 21 in 2002. It was a humble and anonymous death for something which had once been heralded as The Future. Sales in 1991 were as high as 74m, but they slumped to just 7m by the early noughties.