Alex was the name of an interactive videotext information service offered by Bell Canada from 1988 to 1994.
The Alextel terminal rented to customers was a NAPLPS terminal with a standard modem for use on regular phone lines. The service could also be accessed with a personal computer with the appropriate terminal software.
Using the service could cost as much as $0.30 CAD per minute, and many users terminated their subscription upon receiving their first invoice.
The advent of the World Wide Web contributed to making this service obsolete. On 1994-04-29, Bell Canada sent a letter to its customers announcing that the service would be terminated on 1994-06-03. In that letter, Mr. T.E. Graham, then Director of Business Planning for Bell Advanced Communications, stated that "Quite simply, the ALEX network is not the right vehicle, nor the appropriate technology, at this time to deliver the information goods needed in our fast-paced society."
The Alextel terminal is reportedly usable as a dumb terminal for VT100 emulation.