Numeric and Short .TEL Domains Now Available

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Starting today, June 14, 2011, the .TEL Registry has begun to allow certain numeric-only and also some two-digit, short .TEL domain registrations.

OpenSRS is ready to support these new .TEL domain variants and they are available to anyone on a first-come, first served basis at standard .TEL pricing of $8.00 plus ICANN Fee ($0.18) and your OpenSRS Management Fee.

What is permitted?

Domains containing up to seven numbers or a combination of up to seven numbers and hyphens will be permitted. Additionally, certain two-character .TEL domains are now allowed.

Some examples of permitted domains:

  • 1234567.tel
  • 123-456.tel
  • 40404.tel
  • 411.tel
  • aa.tel
  • a1.tel

What is not permitted?

For short domains, single digit or two digit .TEL domains that are current ccTLD country codes are not permitted. Domains with a combination of numbers and hyphens totaling eight or more characters are not allowed.

Some examples of domains which are not permitted:

  • 12345678.tel (more than seven characters)
  • 123-456-7890.tel (more than seven characters)
  • 1.tel (single digit domains are not permitted)
  • a.tel (single digit domains are not permitted)
  • uk.tel (uk is the country code for the United Kingdom)
  • ca.tel (ca is the country code for Canada)

How can I market these new .TEL domains?

Telnic, the .TEL Registry operator, says these new .TEL domains are great for a number of different uses including:

  • Companies with 2-letter or all-numeric brands or trademarks
  • Vanity number operators or those wanting to get keyboard-numeric versions of their names
  • Individuals who want to be known by their initials or with a penchant for lucky numbers
  • Businesses using SMS shortcodes for marketing and support services

Read more about .TEL domains on our .TEL marketing and information page. We have further information about how to market and sell .TEL domains including marketing kits and other resources for you to use.

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