France Telecom Minicom Telecarte (50 Units)

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Telephone card containing 50 credits. Advertises Minitel and the Minicom service.

On the reverse, the card reads: (translated):

Minicom is the correspondence service by Minitel which allows you to exchange messages, 24 hours a day, with all your correspondents, even if they are absent or busy. Signing up for Minicom is easy, immediate and without subscription. So dial 3612 and let yourself be guided. Minitel. And the world is so simple.

Minitel was a network in France connecting millions of residential and business computer terminals through the country's national telephone system. It began development in 1978 and officially launched in 1982 to the public. It performed many of the functions now available through the Internet such as online shopping, news, and holiday bookings.

The terminal, known as "le Minitel," is called a dumb terminal because it had no processing capabilities. Instead, it used the telephone connection to dial up a central computer server, retrieve the desired information, and display it on the user's screen. For residents without a home phone, Minitel kiosks were installed in public places, such as post offices. Minitel was turned off in 2012.

Date : May 1993

Manufacturer : France Telecom

Format : Chip Card

Physical Description : card, plastic bag

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH68909. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

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