Companies that want to register their contact details on the .Tel internet domain, a specialist domain just for such information, have just six weeks left before it is open season, says Hostway, one of the 104 firms handling registrations.
Hostway said the "landrush" registration period has just started. General registration begins on 24 March. Domain names during the landrush are going for about $325 for three years to discourage cybersquatters, it said.
.Tel web pages list only contact information for companies rather than full websites. This makes it easier, especially for mobile phone users, to get in touch. See www.smallco.tel for an example.
"Rather than fish around for 'About us' or 'Contact us' on the corporate website, customers can simply log on to the .tel address," said Hostway product manager Thomas Herbert.
Herbert said the domain aims to be the new address book for the internet. Registrants for the domain name can simply provide their contact details to their hosting provider and Telnic, the body administrating the domain name. Some details can be protected with a password-protected friends list.
All details are hosted directly on the domain name server (DNS) so users need no website design. When queried, the DNS replies directly with the contact details held on it.