In December 1985 Minitel users made more than 22 million calls, up 400% in one year.
In 1985 France Télécom earned 620 million francs (approximately $70 million) from Minitel.
2,000 private companies earned 289 million francs (about $35 million) during the year; Libération earned 2.5 million francs (about $300,000) from the service in September.
There were still six million terminals owned by France Télécom, which had been left with their users in order to avoid recycling problems.
The main uses were banking and financial services, which benefit from Minitel's security features, and access to professional databases.
France Télécom retired the service on 30 June 2012.
In 1978 France Télécom, the country's PTT, began designing the Minitel network.
By distributing terminals that could access a nationwide electronic directory of telephone and address information, it hoped to increase use of the country's 23 million phone lines, and reduce the costs of printing printed phone books and employing directory assistance personnel.
Millions of terminals were lent for free to telephone subscribers, resulting in a high penetration rate among businesses and the public.
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 use by under-age children.
The government chose not to enact coercive measures, however, stating that the regulation of the online activities of children was up to parents, not the government.