|| .TEL Frequently Asked Questions

* I have a .tel domain name. How can I get to my hosting page?

Click here to link to your .tel hosting information.

* Can I register my .tel today?

Yes. The .tel domain is now open for registration! Open registration began on March 24, 2009, and is now available to everyone.

* How much does .tel cost?

$17.99 for the first year for first-time registrants. Fully refundable if application is not successful. Register here.

* Are there any restrictions for registering a .tel?

No. The .tel domain is open to anyone, similar to .COM, .ORG, or .NET. The selection method is first-come, first-served. There is no validation involved. Successful registrations are subject to the standard registration conditions contained in Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) provided below.

* What about hosting a .tel?

The .tel domain is different from all domains before. Because they are meant to be a sort of yellow pages, you will not be able to develop a normal web page. All .tel pages must be hosted through TelNic and located upon their name servers. If you have an account with another web host, you will not be able to add your .tel domain to that account. To get a better idea of what a .tel page looks like, and what information you will be able to include in it, check out justin.tel.

* What is .tel?

The .tel is a service that allows individuals and businesses alike to store and manage all their contact information and keywords directly in the DNS without the need to build, host or manage a website. For more information, see .tel for businesses and .tel for individuals.

* Why is .tel different than other Top Level Domains (TLDs)?

The value of a .tel domain lies with the ability to host personal (or corporate) contact information directly in the DNS, which can then be universally accessible. This stands in contrast to the typical use of the DNS for other TLDs, in which the DNS only provides a mapping between domain names and IP addresses.

* Can I protect my private data?

.tel enables you to protect your private data, allowing it to be seen only by people you authorize. For more information, please see How do I protect my Private Data.

* For what term can I buy a .tel domain?

Typically, registrars will allow you to register domain names for up to 10 years.

* What are the restrictions on a .tel domain?

The minimum number of characters in a .tel domain is 3 and the maximum number is 63 not including the .tel suffix. Every domain must contain at least one letter from a-z or "A to Z" in standard US ASCII script. No domain can begin or end with a hyphen nor can a domain have a hyphen in the 3rd and 4th position. A .tel domain may not consist purely of digits. The .tel naming conventions are described in detail in the Acceptable Use Policy.

* Can I transfer or sell a .tel domain name?

You can sell or transfer a .tel domain just as you would with other domain names.

* How do I resolve a dispute regarding a .tel domain name?

.tel domain names are subject to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), which establishes a procedure for resolving many trademark disputes relating to domain names. More information on the (UDRP) is available.

* Who is ICANN and what is their role?

ICANN, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers, is the international organization responsible for the oversight of the coordination of the Domain Name System and Top Level Domains (.com, .net, .org, .biz, etc.). More information is available at ICANN.org.

* What is the role of the .tel Sponsoring Organization?

ICANN has delegated to Telnic Limited, the .tel Sponsoring Organization, the responsibility for developing, implementing and policing certain policies related to the .tel Top Level Domain and its community.