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Minitel

An online service of France Telecom that was used to look up phone numbers, pay bills, purchase merchandise and chat. Starting in 1979, the text-based terminals were freely distributed, and access to the services, known as the Teletel network, was based on telephone time and service provider fees. Because it was advanced for its time and simple to use, Minitel became widespread and thousands of services were offered. Even after the Web, Minitel survived with more than 15 million users at the turn of the century. New services were added, but it was officially closed in 2012. See videotex.
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The messageries account for about 3,000 hours [of Minitel use] and about 150,000 francs [about $30,000] in our monthly revenues," said Michel Landaret of the Strasbourg daily Les Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace (223,000 circulation).
France Telecom estimates over 15% of homes already have a Minitel terminal and over 30% of working people have access to one.
Another selling point is the $650 cost of the portable Minitel terminals, which also have a small footprint on the desktop.
The Minitel, France Galop's publicly accessible computer system, is working as normal again after being closed down briefly at the beginning of December for changes to be implemented.
are beginning to enter the field just as general interest publications have played a role in France since the launch of the Minitel network.
For example, France's Minitel, Dow-Jones' News Retrieval, and Mead Data Central's NEXIS all work on this principle.
Minitel Services Company (MSC) has announced the availability of the NYNEX online directory service, NortheastAccess, on the Minitel worldwide network.
collaborator to convert the French Minitel system to an acceptable U.
In response to the call, users will receive an information package with details on NYNEX's new offering, the entire bundle of services available through Minitel and the necessary software to use the system.
reluctance to abandon the Minitel and to engage with a
All French citizens would replace their telephone directories with Minitel terminals and the new French telematics industry would have valuable new exportable commodities--a la Concorde or Airbus.