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Despite it’s short time on the market, an alternative to .Tel is already available (and is just $.99 at Godaddy!). I know some people are predicting that business cards will go the way of postal mail and printer paper when the computer was introduced… err… I mean, I know that some people think that business cards may become obsolete because of .tel, but anyway, enough chit chat. Let me present you an alternative to .tel that’s cheaper.

Drumroll please…

I present to you…  DOT INFO

Check this.  Not everyone has a “tel” and not everyone knows what a “tel” even is. Sure, it’s probably the root for some Latin word, but isn’t Latin dead? Universally, “info” is known by all. “Info,” of course is short for “information,” a word in the English language that is alive and healthy (unless you listen to the naysayers who think English will disappear like the dollar in favor of a universal world language or some other BS the negative Nancies are spewing these days). Anyhow, if you visit a site with the .info extension, you expect… information.

BEHOLD: ElliotSilver.info… voila – a virtual business card! I know you can’t “click to call” but all you need to do is look at the number and press those buttons on your mobile phone. Sure, it’s cumbersome, but isn’t these days? I sure h8 reading posts by ppl tryin to keep em to 140 charactrs or < on Twit – that’s cumbersome too, no?

Now I know the information isn’t stored in the center of the Internetical universe or wherever the .tel information is locked down, but for Pete’s sake, you can save a boat load of money, which can be reinvested into other great up and coming extensions like .mobi and .eu.

Happy hunting on this fine April 1 day.

***POST EDIT***

This was an April Fools Day post.


About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of DomainInvesting.com. Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the DomainInvesting.com Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.


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Comments (25)

    Jason

    But the .INFO doesn’t have an API that can be used to modify NAPTR DNS records with a latency of 6 hours, has to be hosted somewhere (too many choices!), is one character longer in the extension, and, oh man, where do I stop?

    You’ve taken your previous post on learning HTML -WAY- to far this time Silver…

    April 1st, 2009 at 11:10 am

    5/1

    Happy April 1st to you Elliot!

    April 1st, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Chris

    That´s not bad offer for a .info, however you will find a lot promos for that extension. I have never paid more than $ 3 for my .info´s ( most of them already sold )

    Salute, Chris

    April 1st, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Chef Patrick

    april fools :)

    April 1st, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Sean

    One of the main points of dot Tel is that you don’t need any skills to have a site on the domain. As long as you can type you’re up and running.

    With dot info you need hosting and a certain amount of knowledge even if it’s just a CPanel one click WordPress set up.

    April 1st, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    60DollarDomains

    April Fools!

    April 1st, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    jp

    Actually, if I my blackberry browser is smart enough to make your phone number clickable.

    Am I the only one that didn’t even register a .tel for themself?

    You can’t buy into every fad that comes out.

    April 1st, 2009 at 11:40 pm

      Elliot

      I don’t own a single .tel.

      April 1st, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    The "G." Man

    Clearly understand your points about the dot info domains, but technically there are alot of differences between the two and that’s what makes a dot Tel domain so unique. Not only are there major technical differences, but the dot Tel’s are mobile ready right out of the box and nonTechie folks can utilize them immediately from anywhere. Only the future will tell of it’s success and that will depend mostly on it’s popularity or not.

    Sincerely,
    http:/www.TheG.tel

    April 2nd, 2009 at 6:29 am

    fd

    This is a good post! And it is a good alternative not to mention every other alternative out there already! I mean if you see JohnSmith.net, JohnSmith.info, JohnSmith.com, JohnSmith.travel, JohnSmith.us…..anybody should figure out that it would be a site about John Smith….right? In regards to the the .tel being easy to set up because it doesn’t have to hosted…etc well…..I mean it’s 2009, if you do not know how to make a quick wordpress page with your name on it well I’m sure you’ll know someone in your family or amongst your friends who would do it for you in minutes for free…. There is one thing that is pretty cool about .tel though… their sexy commercial…that’s about it!!

    April 2nd, 2009 at 10:16 am

    doemainer

    I have registered my .tel.

    I was very frustrated with the process. I did not receive any instructions on how to set up, but then I stumbled upon Andrew’s blog and set it up last Sunday. It was easy….almost like a Facebook profile.

    I could not have done that with a .info.

    Doemainer
    http://www.thedomainscene.com

    April 2nd, 2009 at 11:01 am

    habaer

    Yes, .info is $0.99, .tel is more than $10,
    but I do not agree with him. because there are some fundamental differences between .tel and other extensions.
    .tel stores data on DNS, not like others which stores data in a web server. I looked his demo site on my Blackberry, yes, it looks no big difference with .tel. but it is slow, because .tel is suit for mobile devices , but other extension not. Most important is that, you need a web server (host) for your .info, you need at least minimum knowledge of web site and programming, although it is easy for Elliot to set up a simple web server/page, but is still a “Rocket Science ” for may many normal people. With .tel, it is a much much easier task, I think my grandma can set .tel up. I have not got a chance let her try to setup one of my .tel domains, I will and will let you know the result.

    April 4th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    habaer

    Hi elliot,
    Yes, .info is $0.99, .tel is more than $10,
    but I do not agree with him. because there are some fundamental differences between .tel and other extensions.
    .tel stores data on DNS, not like others which stores data in a web server. I looked your demo site on my Blackberry, yes, it looks no big difference with .tel. but it is slow, because .tel is suit for mobile devices , but other extension not. Most important is that, you need a web server (host) for your .info, you need at least minimum knowledge of web site and programming, although it is easy for Elliot to set up a simple web server/page, but is still a “Rocket Science ” for may many normal people. With .tel, it is a much much easier task, I think my grandma can set .tel up. So I think .tel will have a great chance of success, That’s why I build http://www.dotteldirectory.net/ which only allow .tel domains to list.

    Regards.

    April 4th, 2009 at 12:55 am

    jp

    Ok, so I never read the whitepaper on .tel, but I know enough to know that it isn’t all stored in the DNS.

    I can see how all the data is stored in the dns, but where is the template webpage for .tel being served from? Not the DNS. Some webserver somehwere. My guess the A record for .tel points to a webserver, and the webserver queries the DNS for the data to fill in the template. Did anyone read the whitepaper enough to be able to give me a quick explanation?

    April 4th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Harv

    Here’s an article i came across that has some tips and a few opinions that i found informative regarding the dot tel tld. Hopefully you’ll find it as informative as i did.

    squidoo.com/teldomain

    April 6th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    M Troni

    Great article, i think the one that Harv posted was great too. Thanks for making it easy to find some tel info!

    April 12th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Tom

    Er, the difference at the moment appears to be that my dot tel exists and your dot info doesn’t seem to…

    April 24th, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Elliot

    @Tom

    My set up was an April Fools joke and I took down the page because April Fools Day was a one day event :)

    However, if anyone needs to contact me, my blog comes up #1 in Google for my name, and most of my domain names have my contact information in the Whois.

    April 24th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    joe.banana

    .info is far from .tel for it’s purpose it’s like comparing apples to oranges.

    with .info you’ll need:
    -host
    -knowledge creating website
    -not yet mobile phone friendly
    but with .tel:
    -everyone can set it up and running in minutes.
    -its accessible with mobile phones.

    basically it’s a vCard type website, while .info is for informative websites.

    April 30th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    ukmark

    I think your .info idea needs some work as it just isn’t the same deal as .tel and hey .mobi and .eu are tld flops so not so great an alternative investment. http://www.roamer.tel

    May 3rd, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Vision

    oh my god, I can’t believe it and I am speechless !!

    soo many great dot tel domains

    HarryPotter, TomHanks, iMac, BradPitt, AngelinaJolie, WillSmith, Batman, DonaldTrump, TomCruise

    http://dottel4sale.blogspot.com

    http://dottel.wordpress.com

    May 19th, 2009 at 3:05 am

      Elliot

      @Vision – I am speechless, too.

      May 19th, 2009 at 6:48 am

    ulwan

    well you got me there!
    for a instance i thought i was getting a good .com alternative while googling..
    well nevermind ,tel and .info just can’t replace .com easily as said

    August 7th, 2009 at 8:07 am

    englandhotels

    More than anything, its the brand, .info is always used to be a site with dry information and it doesnt have an API Moreover, its too late to be .tel for .info i suppose, though people all over the world do not know much about .tel, internet gurus, and webmaster know far about it and the impression of .info that was made in public cannot be erased that easily
    Just my thoughts though

    September 1st, 2009 at 7:26 am

    John

    Very funny! But buying a .info domain still leaves you with the hassle of building a search engine optimized page for your contact details (& gettting it hosted).

    If you try this free online address book who have just issued a press release, they’ll do it all for you, including an email gateway, so spammers can’t see your email address:-

    http://www.prweb.com/releases/Freeonlineaddressbook/challengestelnicdottels/prweb3459084.htm

    January 21st, 2010 at 6:49 am

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