Posted by: ashleyarmstrong1 | November 12, 2009

What is .TEL?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about a new online communication service called .TEL. What is it and how can it help your business?

Webnames.ca, Canada’s original domain registrar, (LINK) describes .Tel as a new domain that’s set to revolutionize the way we keep in touch. According to Webnames.ca, .TEL is an easy to remember name such as smith.tel or webnames.tel to which an individual or company can add all their contact information.

.Tel is operated by UK company Telnic.

How .TEL Works

ResellersLandingTake a look at the Telnic website for a visual of how .TEL works. The recipient simply adds the .TEL name to their cell phone, Blackberry, iPhone or address book and all the information goes with it. A .tel provides a central hub for general information such as opening times and prices, and can include links to new technologies such as, Twitter.

Who is it For?

Webnames.ca claims that .TEL is for everyone – “from people who don’t need a website but would like a web presence, to businesses who would like to leverage mobile phone technology to connect with their customers, through to individuals who would like to distill all their contact information into one place”

Reserve Your Name

Have you ever tried to get an e-mail or a Twitter account and found your name is already taken? According to DomainNameWire,  Telnic reported a total of 221,616 domains registered in July 2009. The number seems to be growing 5,000-15,000 names a month. Webnames.ca recommends reserving your name now, since .TEL names are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Once a name is gone, it’s gone. You might be able to purchase it in the aftermarket, but at a higher price. The best way to ensure you get the name you want is to register early.

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