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Approved by Icann yesterday

 5:31 pm on Jul 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

Icann approves .mobi domain extension [vnunet.com]

Super glad to see the 90 day honeymoon period.



 9:43 am on Jul 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

sorry, complete waste of an ext IMHO...


 4:51 pm on Jul 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Care to elaborate Hunter?


 8:18 pm on Jul 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Sure Quinn,
They are trying to create a need that does not exist. Sites can be optimized to appear properly on mobile devices without the use of another ext. There is no need, just the desire to market another domain product, an ugly and awkward product at that. People can just as easily type .com into a mobile device (and would be more inclined to) than .mobi


 8:30 pm on Jul 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

There is no need, just the desire to market another domain product

I'd already given up resisting that trend.


ugly and awkward


easily type .com into a mobile device


Nevertheless....there will be opportunity there. A plausible reason for its existence is all that's nescessary.


 8:42 pm on Jul 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Question - if it's a domain name from mobile devices (ie phones), then why a) make the domain name longer and b) use characters from the same key, which means you have to wait the 3 seconds until your phone lets you start the "o"?



 10:01 pm on Jul 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

It does seem kind of silly to me. Perhaps I haven't hit my head hard enough with a brick yet...


 10:17 pm on Jul 13, 2005 (gmt 0)


I can understand peoples view if they are looking at it from a .com, .net, .org point of view.

This is different from just releasing a new top level domain.

The difference is that to use a .mobi address you will have to abide by a style guideline. This will ensure that anyone people viewing it on a mobile phone will see the site correctly.

Whether this works in practice remains to be seen :)



 9:42 am on Jul 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

All .mobi sites will have to display at lower resolutions, at the moment often what happens is the phone downloads all the extra stuff and throws it away, which is expensive when users are paying by data volume.

Whether .mobi is implicit or not, users will know that all .mobi sites will work well with their phones.

If the browsers on phones do default to .mobi (as browsers on desktops sometimes default to .com) this will give .mobi instant typeins as well.

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