Adieu, Minitel

Adieu, Minitel
On June 30th, its 30th birthday, 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. The “France-Wide  Web” text-over-phoneline system 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.”


“Nation bids ‘adieu’ to ‘French Internet,'” Tony Todd, France 24

“Adieu, Minitel: France’s forerunner to the web to close,” David Meyer, ZDNET UK

French bid ‘adieu’ to Minitel, the France-Wide Web,” Vicky Buffery and Pauline Mevel, Reuters via Chicago Tribune

“Minitel: The rise and fall of the France-wide web,” Hugh Schofield, BBC News

#Minitel on Twitter

Minitel core services portal and Yellow Pages

“France Telecom to Shut Down a Beloved Precursor of the Web,” Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American blog

“The French Minitel” Jack Kessler, D-Lib Magazine [1995]

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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