Open Registration of tel-domains starts on March 24
Tel-domains will become cheaper
Since February 3rd 2009, .tel domains are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. Many experts believe, that the .tel is perhaps the biggest innovation since the launch of .com. As with .com, where those that understood the potential early saw a great return on investment, we also believe that purchasing .tel domains in the first weeks of availability will offer as great an investment opportunity. The simple reason is that, as .com was innovative in pioneering the ease of access to new web content globally, providing a real 'first' for the internet, .tel is as unique a top level domain in driving communications and contact information to all devices on the internet.
How is .tel different? A .tel domain allows the owner to create a personalized or branded online presence without needing to build a website or pay for monthly hosting and management. All other top level domains require further investment and the development of web pages or email accounts, whereas .tel does not. All existing top level domains are concerned with locating and hosting websites, while the .tel is not. Rather than being stored in web pages, making them difficult or expensive to access over mobile devices, the .tel allows businesses and individuals to store an unlimited number and all types of contact information directly in the Domain Name System (DNS) as data records.
Why is storing data in the DNS important? Using the DNS as a data store enables individuals and businesses to utilize this powerful system to publish information globally, securely, quickly and easily. Because no websites need to be created, much less time is required in order to publish information. The data is delivered as live information rather than web page content and is formatted appropriately for any device accessing the .tel domain. The .tel domain will have huge implications in terms of speed, global reach, real-time updating, improved control and the optimization of content for mobile devices. What are the key benefits for businesses?
* Integration of all means of communication in a single place under their brand
* An entry into the next-generation yellowpages with instant worldwide exposure
* A very efficient and cost effective mobile presence
* Increased search engine discoverability
* … all without the need to build, host or manage a website.
What are the key benefits for individuals?
* Control over all the ways people reach them in a single place that is theirs forever
* Protection of their private data
* Always current information with real-time updates
* Reachable in a single click
* all without the need to build, host or manage a website.
How can .tel domains be monetized? Because the .tel owner cannot host their own website under their domain, there is a temptation to believe that monetization of .tel will not be possible. Quite the contrary is true. The .tel adds a huge number of 'click to purchase' monetization opportunities, especially targeted to mobile cellular devices, that shrewd investors should appreciate. The following may provide a few ideas:
1. Incorporate Premium Numbers for Voting and Betting Services
A business can use their .tel to easily set up, integrate and manage time-sensitive tasks such as SMS voting for a favorite TV reality show (i.e. American Idol) with one-click functionality. Viewers could use the choices under the .tel to vote for their favorite celebrity.
2. Vanity Name Numbers
A .tel domain can follow the same model as vanity name numbers. For example, 1800-Flowers.tel, 1800Lawyers.tel, 1900VoteNow.tel, each acquiring customer from the mobile space with easy-to-remember domain names.
3. Reference Companies under Generic Names
A business can use the .tel to reference industry specific services. For example: Hotels.tel, Plumbers.tel, Insurance.tel, Locksmiths.tel, etc. Each .tel domain could easily have multiple sub-domains for navigation to local providers or specialists.
4. Drive Traffic from Mobile Devices to E-Commerce Storefronts
A business can use the .tel to offer storefront services and collect micro-payments for downloads, products or services. For example: a celebrity fan club site can provide news, chats, or downloadable mobile content such as MP3s or ringtones.
5. Increase Search Engine Optimization
A .tel plays a fundamentally different role than a traditional domain (.com,.net…) and has very specific and unique content, and is published in a different format and medium (DNS instead of Web). Therefore, Google and other search engines will want to index .tel content in addition to .com content. The .tel data is also fully structured, making it easily readable and understandable by search engine crawlers, as opposed to standard web page content that needs advanced parsing algorithms that often misunderstand the content. The .tel will reveal itself as an important SEO/SEM tool.
6. Publish a Global Yellowpage Directory Listing at a Reduced Cost
Companies spend thousands of dollars advertising in online directory service solutions that are highly fragmented. The entries are expensive, restrictive in what kind of contact information may be published and do not allow live updating. Most importantly, the listing is typically local, not global. By contrast, the .tel provides a global online directory that provides a company with instant worldwide exposure. It integrates all means of communication in a single place that remain under the company's control. It allows unlimited updating and management of the contact information and keywords in real-time, and it increases search engine visibility and discoverability … all without the need to build a website and all for only the cost of a domain name. This is especially meaningful for small and medium sized businesses who want an online presence or a directory listing at a low cost.
What .tel domain names will offer the best investment prospects? From February 3rd 2009, all domain names will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis for a 3-year term at a fixed price. No domain names are being held back for auctions (as was the case with .mobi, .me and .asia). Therefore, there will only be a short window to take advantage of the great opportunity to register valuable domain names that were not already registered by trademark owners.
The tel-domains have gained significant interest from the mainstream media in the run-up to this significant launch date.
"The Google of online phone books" Michal Lev-Ram, CNN/Fortune "
"The new domain, which stores and encrypts contact information directly into the Domain Name System, has the potential to become a phone book for the Internet." Danielle Belopotosky, New York Times "
"Telnic's approach is revolutionary" Jennifer L. Schenker, BusinessWeek
"Think of .tel as a 'live' global white/yellow pages directory or communications hub that crucially leaves control of the contact and other information in the hands of the domain owner who can set different levels of access for different visitors." Paul Taylor, Financial Times "
"It's the mother of all telephone books" Dean Takahashi, VentureBeat