Callcard Information

Units: 
5
Card no: 
1284
Year: 
2000
Catalogue Code: 
C11
Catalogue type: 
Complimentary
Issued: 
10, 000
Value Range: 
€4-13
Face Value: 
£4.00
Manufacturer & Chipset: 
Gemplus GEM1
Additional Information: 

This Callcard was issued by Eircom to members of the public to test their new "Smartphone" system for free. The smartphone, which took either coins or Callcards, was both a phone and an Internet browsing system.

These Eircom Smartphones were installed mainly in public areas such as busy Airports, Bus and Railway stations. Some cardphones were installed in busy kiosks around large towns.

Concerns about the Eircom Smartphones reliability traveled fast, and it was discovered the machines were prone to crashing and had security concerns. The Eircom Smartphones were withdrawn from service a few years later, with some remaining in busy locations.

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