By the end of 2008, 1.3+ billion users world-wide will have Internet access on their mobile devices. Advancements in cost-effective technology (such as the new 3G iPhone) and standardization of mobile-friendly websites are making it easier for users to get online via their mobile device.
This creates a unique opportunity for your business since companies will need to offer websites catered to the needs of a mobile Internet user.
.Mobi plays a vital role to the future success of mobile Internet usage because it is the only Internet address dedicated to the needs of a mobile web user. Visitors can trust that a website is compatible with their mobile device if it ends in .mobi.
Better hurry up, the highly desirable names won't last long! Domain registrations are reaching 1 million!
.mobi is a top-level domain (TLD) approved by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. .mobi is unique – it is the first top level domain dedicated to delivering the internet to the mobile phone. .mobi is sponsored by a consortium of companies which includes the most prominent mobile and Internet players in the world.
.mobi, the company behind the .mobi domain, publishes style guides known as the .mobi Switch On!™ Guides to ensure that the user experience of the web on a mobile device is as good as possible. Switch On! Guides act as a guide and reference for domain holders (registrants) when building the content and services associated with their domain. Switch On! Guides are composed of mandatory rules, highly recommended best practices and optional best practices. Compliance with mandatory rules is one of the terms and conditions of using a .mobi domain. Switch On! Guides will be published for a range of domain services types, starting with the Web Developers Guide, which covers web browsing interaction. Go to .mobi Switch On! Guides for more information.
Existing Internet protocols and practices are designed for desktop PC-oriented services, not for mobile phones. Today, more and more people want to access the Internet from their mobile phones; however, there is a lack of mobile-friendly Internet sites, content and applications. A .mobi domain ensures your website visitors that your website is truly a mobile-friendly site and delivers a consistent and reliable user experience.
.mobi domains are available for anyone to register, anywhere in the world.
.mobi domain names can contain the English-language letters A through Z, and the digits 0 through 9. You can also use hyphens, but hyphens cannot begin or end your domain name. Spaces and special characters (such as: !, $, &, ë, and so on) are never permitted.
Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) are domain names that are represented by native language, non-ASCII characters. The native language domain name is followed by the Top Level Domain (TLD), such as .mobi. An example of an IDN is: müller.mobi. .mobi intends to support Internationalized Domain Names (IDN)s in the future. More Information will follow when available.
The minimum length of .mobi domain name is 3 characters, and the maximum length is 63 characters (excluding the "http://www" and ".MOBI" portions).
No, but once you have a site, it must be compliant. If you wish to put up content at once, .mobi has a "parked page" template as well as a template for a simple web site that you can use. You can access these tools in our developer community, dev.mobi.