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BT Tourism Tender Cards

In 1993, three years before British Telecom (BT) introduced the new chip based telephone card, BT contacted various telephone card manufacturers to tender for the contract to supply and produce The New BT Phonecard (pictured right). Nine companies responded and produced samples for the tender adjudication process. This webpage features the sample cards produced by Gemplus Card Service Ltd.

For further information about the BT tourism tender cards please see:

BT Tourism Tender Card Story
BT Tourism Tender Card Examples


Example E - GEMPLUS - Green header, grey strip and grey margin around card, blank space for chip to be inserted.

Gemplus submitted two identical sets apart from the finish, two in a matt finish and one in a gloss finish. Please note: The William Shakespeare, Scots Guard Piper and Finn McCool are punched on the right side, and with the reverse printing upside down; Beefeater, King Henry VIII and Welsh Folk Costume punched to the left. The sets tendered are as follows:

1. Full set of six cards in matt finish; reverse printing on a grey background with a black surround and a black strip across the centre; wrapped; not embedded, but punched (ready for chip module). 25 sets of the six card design were submitted in total.

TTCE001 - Beefeater - matt finish - reverse printed
TTCE002 - Finn McCool - Inverted Chip position - matt finish - reverse printed
TTCE003 - Scots Guard Piper - Inverted Chip position - matt finish - reverse printed
TTCE004 - William Shakespeare - Inverted Chip position - matt finish - reverse printed
TTCE005 - Welsh Folk Costume - matt finish - reverse printed
TTCE006 - King Henry VIII - matt finish - reverse printed

2. Gemplus also submitted a similar set of six cards to the above, but unwrapped. 25 sets of the uwrapped six card design were submitted in total.

3. Full set of six cards in gloss finish; reverse printing on a grey background with a black surround and a black strip across the centre; wrapped; not embedded, but punched (ready for chip module) 25 sets of the six card design were submitted in total.

TTCE007 - Beefeater - gloss finish - reverse printed
TTCE008 - Finn McCool - Inverted Chip position - gloss finish - reverse printed
TTCE009 - Scots Guard Piper - Inverted Chip position - gloss finish - reverse printed
TTCE010 - William Shakespeare - Inverted Chip position - gloss finish - reverse printed
TTCE011 - Welsh Folk Costume - gloss finish - reverse printed
TTCE012 - King Henry VIII - gloss finish - reverse printed

4. Also submitted an unprinted wrapped punched card as a wrapping sample. 20 cards submitted.

Pictured below - Sealed TTCE009 - Scots Guard Piper - Inverted Chip position - gloss finish - the front and reverse of the card are shown.

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Tourism Tender Cards

For further information about the BT tourism tender cards please see:

BT Tourism Tender Card Story
BT Tourism Tender Card Examples

Pictured below - A selection of tourism cards that were produced in the tender to supply The New BT Phonecard.

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Last updated: 18th June 2018

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