Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jun 2012 23:15 UTC
Internet & Networking "Long before the coming of the World Wide Web, the Minitel provided a sort of internet-in-one-country. Long before Facebook, Google or Twitter - millions of French people went 'online' daily to search for information, to book their holidays, chat to strangers or seek cheap (or not so cheap) sexual thrills."
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by JimProfit on Sat 16th Jun 2012 02:20 UTC
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The standard minitel speed was 1200 bps download speed, and 75 bps upload (barely enough for fast typing).

Some minitel models had a serial port so they could be used as a modem.

There were some non-commercial minitel BBS directly accessible through PSTN, a lot of them used minitels as modems.

Some even offered file transfer services: when you wanted to upload a file the minitel offered the possibility of exchanging the bandwith between upload and download, which made the operation at least barely bearable.

These kind of BBS more of less died when FT practically doubled the local rate..

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