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I'll probably grab my company's trademarked names. That could be a good access point for customers.
The Individual side scares me. I wouldn't stick all my private contact information out there for just anyone to see. I don't think I ever want to be that publicly accessible.
How long until all this info is scraped and resold to those spy/stalker sites?
Will you be getting your own .tel?
$375 for 3 years! Yikes!
The sunrise and landrush names aren't available for use I believe until March, when general regs open... there are certainly thousands of names registered so far, although some very nice generics still out there...
I couldn't resist registering some generic categories and cities with over a million population... could be a smart play - time will .tel
It seems that most domainers are passing over this tld because it doesn't allow for ppc type ads... overlooking other possible monetization avenues. Think mobile search... and possible SEO advantages.
I understand why folks get annoyed at having to shell out to protect their TM, but imho, if it's worth the cost to squatters, it must be worth it for the TM holder too in terms of traffic, visibility, image, etc. What I don't understand, is why companies just sit on their .mobi or .tel, or .whatever and don't put them to good use.
Furthermore, this tld may evolve, and Google may yet find a way to put txt ads on .tel pages (maybe even build their own .tel proxy platform (with telnic's blessing) to track clicks).
It seems silly that we still have to memorize numeric phone numbers; .tel could be the beginning of the end of that. Maybe telecoms will start assigning .tel addresses in the future, like bulk resellers. Anyways, this tld might yet surprise a lot of domainers, who for whatever reason don't think out of the .box
- that's afaik
What are the advantages of the .tel directory? Is it pre-installed into every new phone or something?
The power of .tel depends on the extent to which it becomes a standard for communications. It could theoretically provide a domain name equivalent to phone numbers, in which you either enter the domain.tel into your phone, or simply click on a phone link within the mobile interface to dial... no need to remember phone numbers... similarly for your preferred email, instant messaging, even home page.
Although it is too early to prognosticate, there exists a possibility that telecoms could provide subscribers the option to register their .tel or receive a subrecord such as JohnDoe.corp.tel The corp.tel part would automatically be tagged on when you dial from within the telecom's own system. If you have a smart phone you could dial or email to the same .tel address.
A web or email listing is not free in yp, nor is text, of which you can have unlimited nuggets tagged on to the end of .tel sites for free (incl in your annual renewal fee). Additionally you don't need hosting or webdesign with .tel
I suspect high pr backlinks and the domain name itself will matter most, including subdomains (eg. city.widgets.tel)
The key I believe is that search engines will appreciate the .tel record/subdomain formatting being enforced on .tel content.
For myself, I'm looking for a simpler business card. It's easier to give someone my simple .tel than my cell, email and url (or ask them to transcribe my business card). It's also easier for me to key in someone's .tel and automatically import all their contact details - and know it will be automatically refreshed if they ever lose their cell phone, move, change primary e-mail or join a new business/social network.
Plus I get to control who sees my contact information, so perhaps a few less telemarketing calls and spam e-mail as a fringe benefit.
OK, I know I have a kool-aid smile, but if .tel delivers on the potential it seems to offer, itís going to make my life a little bit easier.
I bought around 10 domains. They charged me (35+9privacy= 45) - (15+9=24) = 20 dollars more for each domain. Times ten = 200 dollars a year theyre ripping me off!
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I've had a quick look at the configuration and it doesn't look like a 5 minute job however what would concern me as an individual is that posting a lot of the information could lead to a field day for fraudsters/identity thieves.
Who in their right mind is going to complete all those elements?
I'll keep mine to the minimum necessary and see how it goes from there and it will be interesting to see how/if our international visitors use it instead of the regular contact page.
When the inevitable changes come there is no way to edit folders/subdomains. Hopefully they'll address that.
The setup of private information is only one level deep and requires a subscription to a 3rd party service. That's simply not going to fly. I don't see how this is going to take off on the private side. It's fine for displaying public information.
Social network MySpace and British telecoms provider BT will be among the first companies to offer a new type of Web domain for their users to manage their contact details live online.
... etc ...
As well as MySpace and BT, Germany's iWelt -- a directory-services company with about 8 million customers, also announced a partnership with UK-based Telnic this week.
BT will initially offer .tel domains through its social networking site for small businesses, BT Tradespace. Telnic will receive a percentage of revenues from .tel domain names sold by its partners.
joined:June 3, 2007
Setting up all these folders is becoming an organizational nightmare.
I must concur!
Whomsoever wrote the .pdf destructions should have given them to someone else who had no idea of the intended set-up to try them out. The first level is easy enough then it turns into the "nightmare" from hell!
Please don't infect people with the notion that there are magic formulas of domain speculation. 2 years ago people seized on the idea that 4 letter .com's were the next hot item and during the last 10+ months the bottom fell out of that speculation.
For some time 3 letter .com's were viewed as rare domain diamonds. For the past year I've watched those gems turn into baubles.
3 letter "dot anythings", including .tel, are far more likely trademark headaches than magic beans.
joined:June 3, 2007
3 letter .tels? Excitement?
Precisely, infectious stuff this speculation:-)
I have configured a couple of my .tels and they look ok however there seems to be a major problem with creating folders and profiles and actually including the information.
If you want to see what I mean go to the most famous 3 letter domain .tel and you will see www links etc however when you "go to" sure it goes to a regional listing however everyone of those have hit the same problem as I have "The domain example.tel does not contain any records."
What are they, what am I, doing wrong?
I can see the logical argument for .tel and it is a potentially simple solution to providing a single point of entry for a company's website, phone number, physical address etc. The problem for domainers is in monetising their .tel domains. It is not a conventional extension that lends itself easily to monetisation. As a result some of the more experienced domainers may be ignoring the extension.
The problem for domainers is in monetising their .tel domains.TELNIC may add more features in the future like allowing owners to put ads! ? You never know.
You can always add links to your websites with ads to monetize.
I think the best use is to put the domain on your business card.
Im not sure what you mean by ZONE FILE ?