France Télécom is hanging up on the Minitel videotexting system, whose monitors have been a fixture in French homes, offices, and post offices since 1982. It’s a text-over-phoneline system that also replaced phone directories, displayed online news and information, and allowed electronic bill payments and other transactions (even virtual sex). Cellphone MSM texting and e-commerce on the Web now serve many of the same functions. Still, there is some mélancolie as the French say “Adieu Minitel, ami fidèle.” FT will keep Minitel service running until its 30th birthday, June 30, 2012.
“France Telecom to Shut Down a Beloved Precursor of the Web,” Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American blog
“The French Minitel” Jack Kessler, D-Lib Magazine 
Historique du teletexte en France,” France 2 via Wayback Machine
“France Télécom to Bid Adieu to Minitel.” Mac Colchester, Wall Street Journal
“La Nostalgie: Le Minitel,” William V. Madison. Billevesées
“Le Minitel disparaîtra en juin 2012 après 30 ans de services,” Christophe Carmarans, RFI
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