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.
, 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
For example, France's Minitel
, Dow-Jones' News Retrieval, and Mead Data Central's NEXIS all work on this principle.
Services Company (MSC) has announced the availability of the NYNEX online directory service, NortheastAccess, on the Minitel
collaborator to convert the French Minitel
system to an acceptable U.
for reporting revenues from Minitel
and Internet directories
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.