Mobile Top Level Madness!!!! 1666622444 !!!!

What’s that number? Well, that’s the TEN (count ’em) mobile keyboard button pushes that will be required for simply typing the END of the url!!!!

Who even thinks these things up? At least .WAP was a simple ‘1927’ – let me guess, it wasn’t a european who came up with this .mobi top level domain – they(we)’ve used mobiles for a hell of a lot longer for mobile sites and data access.

I’m sorry, but though I like the idea of a mobile TLD, but to have to hit my keyboard TEN TIMES to type in the just the last past of a mobi url is just ‘3338822255444664022277729999999‘!!!!

News links on this : BBC GigaOM

6 Responses to “Mobile Top Level Madness!!!! 1666622444 !!!!”

  1. 1 shawn mccollum September 26, 2006 at 10:25 pm

    if it wasn’t $300 i’d get an .mp address, makes alot more sense.

  2. 2 kosso September 26, 2006 at 10:31 pm

    I want one from Sierra Leone! 😉

  3. 3 Doctoe September 28, 2006 at 10:06 pm

    indeed – what unthinking idiocy.

    unless all our phones become touch screen-based. Maybe it should have been .dm? it stands for dot mobile and is just 36.

  4. 4 Va__ March 4, 2007 at 9:24 am

    This is great, look forward to looking into every area. Thanks for being there.

  5. 6 AllKindsOfThings July 7, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Well – typing clrclrclrclr (to delete the stupid default www. in many phones) then 16 (to type in m.) and later 12226666 (.com) isn’t really any more pleasure

    Things like this simply need better solutions, for example getting your handset vendor or operator to specify “.mobi” as part of the default list of TLDs / keywords in the dictionary / type assist functions of the handset.

    As such, that was never really an issue for me and in T9 “.mobi” can be made an automatic suggestion already after typing “16”.

    MP was a niche, is a niche and will liekly remain a niche; and actually an expensive one.

    On dotMobi, Global Markteers increasingly recognize the value and benefit – i still remain positive that the next million dotMobi names will require less than a year from today, specifically if the emerging Asian markets pick up further, specifically India and China.

    Best regards,


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