.MOBI - Mobile Electronics


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Meaning: mobile electronics. The intention is that .MOBI websites will be fast loading and otherwise optimized for mobile devices like cell phones and PDA's.

Domain Name availability: Open to everyone, there are no restrictions or qualifications. There are intended to be format and bandwidth recommdations for .MOBI websites to create a uniform system for ease of use in mobile devices. A number of large corporations are backing .MOBI and interest has been high. .MOBI registration opened in late 2006.

Registry: pc.mtld.mobi
Official whois listings: pc.mtld.mobi/whois/index.php

Price: Usually listed at about US $15 per year, can be found as low as $8 on sale. Renewals rarely are less than $10.

Notes:
"Dotmobi (.mobi) provides the world’s first domain name optimized for consumers using the Internet on a mobile device."
(quote from pc.mtld.mobi)

About 6000 domain names considered by the registrar to be the most valuable have been reserved for auction and placement by application. List. The first ten of these domains were auctioned in late October, 2006 and produced surprisingly high prices including US $200,000 for flowers.mobi. Renewals of premium domains are at the same prices as ordinary domains. Domains auctioned by the registry begining in late 2007 include development requirements that are transfered with the domain if it is sold. Most city and country names are also reserved.

One and two character .Mobi domains are available from the registry at no charge to companies that present a strong business and promotion plan.

.Mobi domains are now available in Chinese IDN characters, with other languages to follow. Currently Chinese IDNs are available bundled with SMS Keywords only usable in China, at rather high prices. You can check availability at moniker.com/pub/Whois .

While most commentators believe that the mobile web will become a huge marketplace in the future, there is sharp division of opinion as to if .Mobi will become a (or the) domain of choice for that media. This issue will probaby not be resolved for several years.


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