Skip to main content
CNN.com
Search
Home World U.S. Weather Business Sports Analysis Politics Law Tech Science Health Entertainment Offbeat Travel Education Specials Autos I-Reports
WORLD header

The insider's guide to Dot Mobi

Adjust font size:
Decrease fontDecrease font
Enlarge fontEnlarge font

(CNN) -- Everything you needed know about Internet domain suffix Dot Mobi.

Dot what?

Dot Mobi, or to be more precise: .mobi, a new Internet suffix in the same style as .com, .net or .org.

I see, and what is dotmobi for? Web sites about fictional whales?

Not quite. Dot Mobi is specifically allocated to for Internet content designed for viewing on cell phones and other mobile devices. These Web pages will contain smaller images, reduced graphics and none of the other digital furniture that makes ordinary sites too big for tiny phones to handle.

Sounds useful, but can't I already see content on my mobile?

Indeed you can. But it's a minefield out there. While a few Web sites are geared up for hand-held viewing, most aren't, and when you're Googling away on the train, there's no way of knowing which ones are worth having a look at. The people behind Dot Mobi -- a consortium of companies including Microsoft, Vodafone, Samsung and Nokia -- say that by identifying sites that are cell phone-specific, users will save time, money and the battery life of their handsets as they avoid unsuitable pages.

But will anyone use Dot Mobi?

The company overseeing domain registration, Mobile Top Level Domain, says thousands of major brand names have been registered during an initial period reserved for trademark holders. More are expected during after this week's launch of public registration.

Great, so I can expect to see a Dot Mobi version of my favorite Web site?

Not so fast. Many companies have simply registered their Dot Mobi name to prevent cybersquatting, the dubious practice of snapping up popular domain names and selling them on at premium prices.

That doesn't sound good.

It isn't, and some of these companies are unhappy at having to fork out just to guard their turf. Their unhappiness hasn't been helped by the higher-than-usual registration prices that MTLD says it has imposed specifically to prevent cybersquatting.

Bit of a dot con then?

Not if all goes according to plan and we get a corner of cyberspace clearly marked for mobile surfing. It won't be plain sailing though, with some experts rubbishing the concept as a waste of time since most ordinary Web sites can be adapted to mobile phone screens and the devices themselves are evolving to such a degree that they may soon be able to handle full pages.

So what does this all mean?

Whether Dot Mobi is a success or not, one thing is guaranteed. In the future, the Internet will be everywhere.


story.dotmobi.jpg
Advertisement

Advertisement

Career Builder.com
Quick Job Search
  More Options
International Edition
CNN TV CNN International Headline News Transcripts Advertise with Us About Us Contact Us
Search
© 2007 Cable News Network.
A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines. Contact us. Site Map.
SERVICES » E-mails RSSRSS Feed PodcastsRadio News Icon CNNtoGo CNN Pipeline
Offsite Icon External sites open in new window; not endorsed by CNN.com
Pipeline Icon Pay service with live and archived video. Learn more