The government did however enact a tax on pornographic online services.
Payment methods France Télécom charged Minitel users at rates of up to €1 a minute on their monthly telephone bill.
From its early days, users could make online purchases, make train reservations, check stock prices, search the telephone directory, have a mail box, and chat in a similar way to what is now made possible by the Internet.
In February 2009, France Telecom indicated the Minitel network still had 10 million monthly connections.
The Minitel was a Videotex online service accessible through telephone lines, and is considered one of the world's most successful pre-World Wide Web online services.
The service was rolled out experimentally in 1978 in Brittany and throughout France in 1982 by the PTT (Postes, Télégraphes et Téléphones; divided since 1991 between France Télécom and La Poste).
France Télécom retired the service on 30 June 2012.
In 1978 France Télécom, the country's PTT, began designing the Minitel network.
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