Posts Tagged ‘tel names’

Vancouver Steps Up Interest in TEL

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

According to One Vancouver ( the community portal for .TEL in Vancouver, BC activity levels around .TEL have increased dramatically over the past few weeks …

According to One Vancouver  the community portal for .TEL in Vancouver, BC activity levels around .TEL have increased dramatically over the past few weeks. One Vancouver seeks to create a focal point for different parties interested in .TEL. Partners currently involved include mobility stores, a business network, search engine specialist and even an national coffee chain.

The group’s activity is centred on getting the word out to people in the local community – raising awareness about .tel and what it means to local business. There are speaking engagements, exhibits, broad based advertising including billboards, television and radio, organised meet ups and highly targeted advertising based at specific industries in the area.

By joining forces, the One Vancouver partners have managed to reach a large local audience and get people talking about .TEL. The group have a number of programs already underway and a long list of activities planned for the coming months to keep the dialogue continuing within the local business community.

Read the full article at One Vancouver.

.TEL – because you only have two hands

Friday, August 28th, 2009

You’re at your favourite coffee shop. You have your usual “low fat, half caf, soy milk, double shot, Sumatran” clutched in one hand and your iPhone in the other.

You are running late (as usual) and then you spy an ex-colleague across the room. He’s actually a co-worker that you liked and want to stay in touch with.

You do the “Bob it’s great to see you, where are you working, let’s do lunch this week” thing. Now comes the tricky part. You’ve got to go but you need to swap contact info.

Do you:
A: Allow Bob to slip his card into you back pocket thereby looking like an early morning lothario?
B: Put down your phone and coffee to scrabble around in your bag for your card, making you even later?
C: Hunt around for a pen because you have both left your cards at the office?
D: Tell Bob your dot tel name that he inputs into his Blackberry while you input his into your iPhone?

Your phone was made to work with one hand, as was your coffee cup. .Tel recognizes that mobile phone users tend to be coffee drinkers and has worked closely with both industries to make sure that you never need to grow a third hand.

Are .TEL Addresses the New Vanity Phone Numbers?

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

We liked the following article by Luke at Domain Synergies. It clearly explains the utility of .TEL to people and businesses in real life situations. Luke paints a picture of how, with the development of some basic apps, your .TEL name may become a proxy for your phone number. The potential of this for businesses and corporations is  super compelling – a vanity or generic .TEL could be a valuable source of  leads, in addition to providing always current contact information. 

Anyways, read Luke’s article re-posted below, it opens the door to the underlying potential of .TEL that seems to be missing from much of the current dialogue about the new extension.




Are .TEL Addresses the New Vanity Phone Numbers?

Follow me for a second; in just a few lines, I aim to convince you that .tel addresses are not another TLD. There’s really something else going on here.

By far the most convincing attribute of .tel addresses isn’t what most blogs are talking about — quickly updating data, no hosting, etc. — but that, if apps are developed for mobile phones, instead of having phone numbers in your phone, you could store .tel domains that your friends can update as their info changes (putting your friends in control of *their* contact information stored in *your* phone). This means no more “dead numbers” or emails flying back and forth saying “I changed my number.” There must be 1,000s of Facebook status updates and 100,000s of emails daily that inform people of changes in phone numbers. All of these people would immediately understand what .tel offers: It takes a headache away for them — and that alone is worth the $10-$20/year to register a .tel.

What does this mean in the short term? It means that .tel addresses could become a new way to contact people (it’s easier to remember than a phone number AND, as the data stored on the .tel changes, those changes will automatically propagate to all the mobile devices the .tel contact is saved on). There are privacy issues that will need to be ironed out — not everyone wants just anyone to be able to contact them (as an aside, corporations do!) – but everyone evaluating .tel should understand this: It’s not what *you* see on the .tel “page”; it’s what your mobile device sees – up-to-date contact information stored not on your phone, but on a central server.

What does this mean in the long term? It means that .tel domains could become the new vanity phone numbers. Remember the trade in 1-800 numbers of the 1990s? Many early domainers do – that’s what got them to recognize the scarcity of domains early on.

Here’s a long shot: It’s possible that generic .tel domains could become more valuable than generic 1-800 numbers. If the concept of .tel domains as proxies for phone numbers takes off, you’ll get more unsolicited, pre-qualified leads from people typing (not one of mine) into a browser or mobile device than you would from 1-800-RealEstate. My rationale: When is the last time you dialed a generic 1-800 number when looking for something? For me, never. When is the last time you typed in a generic domain when you were looking for something? For me, a few times a day. .tel could have the characteristics of vanity 1-800 numbers AND some of the type-in-traffic benefits of TLDs.

If you agree with any of this at all, send it to Digg or Reddit, link to it, Twitter it, etc. and let’s let the public debate it.

Additional thought:
I emailed a version of this post to a friend the other day. Let’s say his name is John Doe. Right before I clicked “send,” I thought, “What if on my phone I typed (assuming is taken) to call my friend and to email him I did the same – just typed into the email “To” field?” Similar to the discussion above, either my email provider or an app I’m using would identify my friend’s email address from and send the email to that. I wouldn’t have to remember his email address or look it up.

More Information:

Continuing with exploration of how .TEL can and might be used as things unfold, also check out our previously published article, .TEL – The Ultimate in Online Identity Protection.

Check out Luke’s blog Domain Synergies for further reading on domain names and related topics.