Minitel

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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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Overall, the authors argue that the Teletel project, alongside the PAVI (Point d'Acces Videotexte), were the technical drivers though which the goal of modernizing French telecommunications could be realized.
While videotext was introduced in such countries as Canada (Telidon), France (Teletel), Germany (Bildschirmtext), Japan (Captain), Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S., it was only in France that its deployment was successful.
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Teletel UK claimed to be selling hi-fi and computers and demanded pounds 50 advance payment.
Teletel UK claimed to be selling hi-fis and computers and demanded pounds 50 advance payments.
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They should also not forget that, according to French government auditors, Teletel, the France Telecom subsidiary, still had nearly 6 billion French Francs to recoup 10 years after the initiation of the service.
In spite of very different national policies for technology, it is now possible for 36 French schools to sign on to Campus by typing CAMPUS" at a prompt and for 36 British schools similarly to type TELETEL" to have all the privileges of their French colleagues.
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