New .tel domain names could create world’s largest phonebook

February 4, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The .tel domain names became available February 3rd, as part of the “landrush” stage, giving the public a chance to be part of the world’s largest phone book.

Companies and individuals are being encouraged to list their phone numbers, websites, postal addresses, e-mail addresses and even their Facebook details on their .tel page.

The sites are expected to be popular with businesses. But because the majority of the addresses will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, meaning a local bistro is just as likely as a large chain to secure the address for itself.

10,000 applications were reportedly made during the “Sunrise” phase, which began in December. The Sunrise stage was restricted to applicants who held registered trademarks with Microsoft, Google and Apple among the technology companies registering.

Landrush is open to everyone prepared to pay $315 for a three-year registration. In the “landrush” part of the auction, all other names will be made available for purchase. Each costs about $300 for the first three years and $20 a year after that. They will become active at the end of this month.


One Response to “New .tel domain names could create world’s largest phonebook”

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