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What is a .phone domain?

If telecommunications keywords are highly relevant to your business, registering a .PHONE domain more than likely will help you attract more customers. Whether they're seeking smartphone, headsets or any other telecommunications device, your .phone TLD will get attention with they search.

FAQs for .phone

.phone is one of the new proposed generic top-level domains (gTLD). The intended use of .phone will be for all things telephony-related. From car phones to smart phones, mobile technology has been advancing at a rapid pace and has been changing the way we communicate with one another since its invention. Mobile devices will continue to evolve and become more and more sophisticated and will need a platform to house all the phone related websites including those of phone applications.

The applicant of .phone, GTLD Revolution will be working with handset manufacturers, telcos and software providers to develop a range of innovations to enhance navigation and usability.

The internet has revolutionized the modern world, connecting more than 2.4 billion internet users for commercial, social, cultural, and educational purposes. Vying for domain name space in this virtual real estate market has become increasingly difficult at a cost-effective level for new businesses, entrepreneurs, and even individuals. To break out from the limited space provided by current gTLD extensions, ICANN has begun the process of releasing over 1,000 new extensions. By adding to the internet’s list of extensions, ICANN intends not only to allow more domain names, but create a safer, more efficient internet that has instant significance of a website’s content in regards to its extension. The .phone clearly shows what the website will contain, and therefore saves time and helps streamline the internet user’s experiences online. Get your .phone domain today!
ICANNs New gTLD program is well under way and as the program continues to progress New gTLDs will be released at a consistent pace. As 101domain gets more information on New gTLD releases, we will be updating release dates on a per-extension basis. Look for many more new and exciting domain names becoming available in the near future!
Pre-registering a .phone domain will allow us to submit your domain for registration as soon as it becomes possible to do so. This is the best way to secure your chance of owning a new gTLD domain. By pre-registering you will not have to worry about missing any deadlines and because pre-registration is free, you have nothing to lose. Also submitting a free pre-registration allows to update you on pricing, policies and deadlines. Unfortunately, cannot guarantee that we can successfully register a .phone pre-registered domain.
The .phone pre-registration process is completely free. You will only be required to provide a valid email address and your other contact details. Only when the gTLD is open for registration and you wish to register the domain name will you be required to provide a credit card and payment.

We may send you an email regarding your .phone free pre-registration to confirm you request. If this email is not deliverable, your account will be closed and your free pre-registration will be deleted.

No. .phone Pre-registrations are non-binding and free. Once we receive information regarding the domain policy and we know the price, you will be asked to confirm your pre-registration, which would allow you to change your non-binding pre-registration into a binding General Availability Pre-Order. has set a limit of 500 .phone free pre-registrations per user. This limit is intended to allow equal opportunity to our customers and prevent domain name warehousing. Any .phone free pre-registrations that exceed this amount or create multiple accounts will be deleted.
Yes, is authorized to accept .phone free pre-registrations.
Pricing information for the new gTLDs .phone is not yet available. Any users with free pre-registrations will be notified by email once this information is available.

When the a gTLD .phone is approved, ICANN will set forth rules and guidelines as well as a launch sequence which dictates who can register a new gTLD .phone, when and under what conditions. The expected launch sequence will be:

  • Trademark Sunrise .phone – is a special period that provides current brand and trademarks owners the opportunity to secure their trademarks under the new top level domain. The fee for registration during this period is usually higher as trademarks will need to be verified and cleared.
  • Landrush – a short registration period for entities and individuals who do not own a trademark in the name they wish to register. It is intended for highly sought-after generic .phone domains and are usually priced significantly higher than registering during general availability. If more than one landrush application is received for the same .phone domain, the .phone domain will usually go to auction in which the applicants will have the chance to bid for the domain.
  • General Availability – This phase is open to the general public and is a first-come, first served launch. When a .phone domain is registered, it is officially reserved and registered in real time.
  • Premium or Reserved Names – A registry can and will withhold .phone domains names from open registrations that are considered premium domains, which are names that are highly desired or unique. These .phone domains with this premium status will eventually be auctioned to the highest bidder.