The latest new top-level domain – .mobi – is opened up to everyone in just under an hour, 3pm GMT, 10am in New York.
It is an attempt to build a mobile Internet and a number of big boys are behind it including Ericsson, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung, T-Mobile and Vodafone. It’s pretty uninspiring at the moment but just wait for the next generation of phones with a hardware tie-in.
And when I went to the launch last week, I met the woman who pushed the whole thing through ICANN – and whose name I can’t remember now – and we discussed the possibilities of using the DNS to offer new services.
I was also told this morning that the .tel people have exactly this – a very interesting use of DNS to publish contact details. I will do some research and an article soon.
Anyway, you can buy your .mobi domain today. They are more expensive than usual – roughly £20 with a minimum two-year agreement. Will I get any? Nah. Maybe later though.
Oh, I’ve done a story for The Register on it that has a lot more info if people are interested.