Minitel Explained 

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The Minitel was a French videotex terminal and network that delivered various online services, like a phone book directory and chat rooms, to users long before the internet was in general use.

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Facts About Minitel

– The Minitel system allowed French citizens to access all kinds of popular online services in the 1980s.  – At its zenith in the 1990s, it offered more than 25,000 different services. 

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Who invented the Minitel?

Minitel was invented by a group of engineers at Postes, Télégraphes et Téléphones, France’s state-owned postal and telecommunications service.

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How did the Minitel work?

To access the Minitel network, users had to take their phones and dial a code to access the relevant server for the services they desired.

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When was the Minitel invented?

Work on Minitel officially began in 1978, and it was officially completed on July 13, 1980, the day on which its results were presented to French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing.

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