France's Minitel used a simple keyboard and CRT terminal
France’s Minitel information service is shutting down for good after 30 years of service (Photo: Raphaël Labbé via Flickr)
After 30 years of service, France’s Minitel information service is shutting down for good. Launched in 1982 by the French state telephone company Poste, Téléphone et Télécommunications (PTT), which later became France Télécom, it was France’s answer to the World Wide Web before the Web was even created. However, despite remarkable initial success, it proved unable to compete with the modern internet and on June 30, 2012 it will be switched off.
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