France Télécom estimates that almost 9 million terminals—including web-enabled personal computers (Windows, Mac OS, and Linux)—had access to the network at the end of 1999, and that it was used by 25 million people (of a total population of 60 million).
Developed by 10,000 companies, in 1996, almost 26,000 different services were available.
France Télécom retired the service on 30 June 2012.
In 1978 France Télécom, the country's PTT, began designing the Minitel network.
The messageries roses ("pink messages", adult chat services hosted by operators pretending to be receptive women) and other pornographic sites were also criticized for their possible access by minors.