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    Alternate Roots New alternate root scam? The Mobile TLD
    posted by tbyfield on Monday June 10 2002, @04:10PM

    Undecided writes "A new useless alternate root appeared on the scene last week. The Mobile TLD claims to be creating a namespace (with 7 TLDs) for mobile and "wireless web" sites. (Their site says the whole namespace will be "hidden for the PCs". Of course, it's hidden for mobile devices if the mobile service providers refuse to support it.)"



    Each of the 7 mobile TLDs has 340 subdomains, meaning defensive registrants would need to grab 2,387 second-level domains. Conveniently enough, there's an "all-zone" registration service available for $50,000/year. As an incentive for us mere mortals to register domains, all mobile domains are free through September. Their generosity seems questionable though, since the last question on the site's FAQ says none of the domains will be usable until October.

    I'm considering this one as "total scam", in a class with bogus .usa registrars. Anybody disagree?

     
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    Re: New alternate root scam? The Mobile TLD
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Tuesday June 11 2002, @05:21PM (#7100)
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    Of all of the applicants in the first round, I would say that IOD has the best chance should there be more. It's clear, in hindsight, that their plan was, and still is, solid. The only people who don't want more TLDs are the trademark lobby and speculators. I'll guess that you're in the second group. Too bad you're too spineless to identify yourself or give some solid reasoning behind your argument.

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    Re: New alternate root scam? The Mobile TLD
    by mobiletld on Wednesday June 12 2002, @09:47AM (#7128)
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    The Mobile TLD system created to serve the Mobile Internet certainly needs the alliance of the mobile service providers OR manufacturers of mobile devices. Best if we have both.

    'About Our System' in Mobile TLD http://www.mwonder.com indicates clearly the benefits for all participants in the
    Mobile Internet, incl. for operators and manufacturers, once Mobile TLD becomes fully functional.
    We, at Mobile TLD will continue with our developmental START UP period and trust that both Operators and Manufacturers will opt for the convenience of mobile users.

    Our services reduce the access time to the mobile sites. For comparison sake:

    Present route:

    Mobile User --> Mobile Operator --> ICANN --> Registrar1, if not -- > Registrar2, if not --> .... RegistrarN --> Mobile Site Hosting.


    Mobile TLD system:

    Mobile User --> Mobile Operator --> Mobile TLD --> Mobile Site Hosting.


    Developing and installing in the mobile devices a new generation of browsers allowing for ROOT DNS settings will enable the mobile users to access new extensions like
    (http://www.mwonder.com, http://www.new.net, http://www.i-dns.net, http://www.nativenames.net ...).


    Mobile TLD administered domains will be fully functional after October 2, 2002, when payment commences. For more information see Mobile TLD Registration Process.


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    Mobile TLD
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