Written by Pavan Kumar on May 21, 2011
Dot tel domain names, a different variant of web domains for online phonebooks is getting a new feather in the cap. On June 1st, 2011, dot Tel domain registry Telnic will release short two letter domains and number only domains for public registration. In this fast world of communication, .tel domains play a very important role to share contact details making life much simple.
Short dot tel domains will be helpful for companies or individuals who are popularly known by their initials or even for those who want to establish their market presence through their short initials. And the numeric only domains are meant to represent the numeric keypad versions of their names (like HELP translates to 4357 – confused, type help on your phone and identify the keys you press). Length of these are 2 characters for short domains and 2-7 characters for numeric only domains. The domains are getting released in two phases –
- Landrush – Grab your favorite at a premium price >$200.
- General availability – Remnants after landrush ~$10.
Landrush sale runs from June 1st to 14th and general availability phase starts on June 14th. Prices indicated above are just for a rough idea, prices vary amongst registrars. And both the sales are on first come first served basis, better to book your domain now itself if you are serious about having one. Being said these details, there are few points on these domains to be kept in mind.
- Short domains can include alphabetic and alpha-numeric domains.
- Numeric domains can include hyphens in between, hyphens are counted as characters.
- ccTLDs not allowed in domain name part (like us.tel, uk.tel).
If .tel gets popularized, it will rule out the business card reader applications and might also serve as an alternative for QR code readers for mobile phone contacts. If you are interested about buying a short or numeric .tel domain name, here is a list of registrars who will sell this new short .tel domain names.
Note: Pre order is available with Name.com. More details can be found here.
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