How to Send an Email in 1984

Here’s how you sent an email using your phone line back in 1984.

WarGames anyone? People questioned whether email could survive in a world of different communication channels but it remains the #1. According to Mailbird, there are 3.7 billion email accounts worldwide and 86% of professionals prefer emails for communication.

Back in 1984, emails weren’t as quick and easy as they are now. The pair in this video had to pick up a phone and dial the modem before manually logging into the database, waiting for the screen to load row by row. What they got was something akin to Teletext, through a service called Prestel.

It was all very primitive but fundamentally similar to what became the World Wide Web.

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