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Domain Name Investors Could Have Another Round With .tel

(by Lucas Roze)

Recently there has been a renewed interest in creating the domain name .tel for agencies (and individuals) to keep an updated list of all their phone numbers and relevant contact information. This interest was sparked mainly because of the numerous handles and cell phone numbers acquired in recent years. With the addition of Skype to over 10 million computers in 2005 and many other such programs, new contact information is hard to effectively convey to all individuals at once. With the .tel as a domain name, business could automatically route individuals to the correct call center, or determine a customer’s location to provide them with regionalized contact information for the company.

The ICANN (Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers) is currently in the process of assessing this particular case. If all goes well, the site would provide contact information of the individual or business as well as giving the option to initiate a call or send a text message directly from the site. Speculations stat that Telnic, a London based company is in line to run the domain. 

All thought a good idea for credit card companies and bank, this type of domain name seems to be a haven for cybersquatters of all kinds. Although, if they use the same technique as the .eu domain name launch (business before public), this could alleviate a lot of court cases. However, with the domain name market being a hot commodity, don’t be surprised to see rival companies gobble up their competitors names (like Volkswagen took Polo.eu before Ralph Lauren and Nestlé, beating them by a matter of 3 minutes and 24 seconds).

By IC-Academy | April 19, 2006 | News & Trends

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