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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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Thierry Ehrmann : In reality, from an IT point of view, the Minitel and the tablet are exactly the same.
Major distributors include: Terach in the Netherlands, EDS Lan in Italy, Internet Security AG in Switzerland and Austria, Nemoris in Spain, Minitel in Portugal, and DNS in Norway.
4) New methods of dissemination of anti-Semitic and revisionist propaganda about the Holocaust (including video games, computer programs and the Minitel system in France) were noted by a United Nations (UN) Secretary-General report in 1994, (5) and the growing use of modern electronic media in international communications between right-wing radical groups (computer disks, databanks, etc.
While France, for instance, was busy with its own Minitel network, the Internet was originally built mostly by and for Americans, so the United States ended up with the lion's share of addresses, approximately 74 percent.
27) The French invention of the Minitel, a computer terminal connected to the telephone that was widely available in French homes in the 1980s, is a prime example of the dirigiste tradition at work.
E-business-related turnover in France in 1997 was bigger than the total e-business-related turnover generated in the United Stares, through the French Minitel system;" he says.
The @max, developed with France Telecom, offers internet access, ema il, telephone, answerphone, fax, Minitel, television and close-circuit TV surveillance services.
It's called Minitel - the French state phone company's system of terminals.
Yet Americans had much of the functionality of the Minitel through widely available facilities, including telephone access to audiotext services and growing access to personal computers equipped with modems.
Wired reports that Minitel can presently be found in more than 14 million French homes and businesses, compared with the one million that are connected to the Internet.
Baudrillard comes closest to discussing Internet in his comments on the French Minitel system in "Xerox and Infinity.