Meaning of phonecard in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfəʊnkɑːd/


mainly British
  • A prepaid card which allows the user to make phone calls up to a specified number of units using a cardphone.

    ‘Not only might I very well lose it, I can never be bothered shelling out the extra for the phonecalls when a simple phonecard is much less cumbersome and cheaper to replace in the event of catastrophe.’
    • ‘A prisoner hid inside a tiny jail store cupboard for 11 hours and ran a phonecards and tobacco racket.’
    • ‘They are not paid in cash, but in phonecards - cash is not allowed inside.’
    • ‘Shopkeepers who feel vulnerable and are prepared to match a Wandsworth Council contribution of £1, 000 will get covert cameras, smoke devices and special safes to keep their phonecards and cash secure.’
    • ‘On a practical note you can purchase insurance, phonecards, rail passes and suchlike from the Travel Store, and all the Rough Guides are available to buy as e-books (Microsoft or Adobe).’
    • ‘Prisoners in Belmarsh have sent £400 in cash and phonecards, while an eight-year-old raised £833 from a sponsored swim.’
    • ‘He suggested using phonecards instead, which would enable calls for as little as 7p a minute to call from France or six cents a minute from the US.’
    • ‘In January, two masked men with handguns and crowbars threatened staff at the Fina petrol station in Crompton Way, Bolton and stole cash and phonecards.’
    • ‘Omar Brown and Danny Doyle are accused of stealing phonecards and £500 in cash from the One Stop in Garbett Road, Winnall.’
    • ‘The three-strong gang then took champagne, cigarettes, money and phonecards, which they carried off in a large nylon laundry bag.’
    • ‘Call barring means that the prisoner can, as with phonecards, call any number except those specifically barred by the Prison.’
    • ‘But someone lent me a phonecard that worked and I got through.’
    • ‘When a television interviewer discovered this he promptly bought Dove-Edwin a phonecard, then filmed the resulting emotional reunion conversation.’
    • ‘I couldn't check my mail because it wouldn't take cash, only a phonecard, but you could look at the BBC for five minutes, free.’
    • ‘Also not terribly surprisingly, such shops also function as newsagents, selling newspapers and magazines as well as phonecards and various other bits and pieces.’
    • ‘Objects for sale include furniture, jewelry, porcelain, pictures, glassware, clocks, phonecards and curios.’
    • ‘People on the move, students and immigrants are the large consumers of prepaid phonecards, according to Kealy.’
    • ‘Zougam is tied into the bombings by a phonecard said to have come from his shop which was found in the one bag of bombs which did not explode.’
    • ‘After all, the $5 note which I used to buy the phonecard in my wallet doesn't have an expiry date.’
    • ‘Everyone got a 60 minute phonecard just for showing up.’