What is a .tel domain name and what can I use it for?


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What is a .tel domain name and what can I use it for?

The .tel domain name extension is operated by Telnic (www.telnic.com) and has been created as a way for people and businesses to have a domain that can be used for providing contact details and directory style information. The emphasis of .tel is about providing online information for people to get in contact with you, whether that is through a website, mobile phone, Facebook page etc and being able to create directory information services online.

The .tel domain name cannot be used to display a business or personal website. The .tel web pages are uniform in display and the .tel domain owner has control over the information that is shown.

Unlike our other domain names where you can control such things as email forwarding, name servers etc. .tel domain names are administered through an interface provided by Telnic who also provide the hosting of the domain.

When a .tel domain name is registered, Telnic will send you an email with your Telnic login information. All content changes and updates for your .tel domain must be done through the login provided by Telnic.

Please note: Due to the nature of the .tel domain name extension, you will not be able to use the following functions that 123-reg offer on other domain name extensions:

  • Web hosting
  • Email forwarding
  • Web forwarding
  • Changing nameservers
  • Editing DNS


At this time it is not possible to have a .tel email address.

Tip: More information about the .tel domain name extension can be found at www.telnic.com/downloads/telguide.pdf.


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Why can't I change my nameservers/DNS on my .tel domain name?

Due to the nature of the .tel domain name extension, you will not be able to use the following functions that 123-reg offer on other domain name extensions:

  • Web hosting
  • Email forwarding
  • Web forwarding
  • Changing nameservers
  • Editing DNS

At this time it is not possible to have a .tel email address.

Tip: More information about the .tel domain name extension can be found at www.telnic.com/downloads/telguide.pdf.


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How do I update the information displayed on my .tel domain name webpage?

When a .tel domain name is registered, Telnic will send you an email with your Telnic login information. All content changes and updates for your .tel domain must be done through the login provided by Telnic.

If you have lost or forgotten the password provided by Telnic for your .tel domain name, you will need to do the following:

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Go to https://www.managemy.tel/g3/login.action.

Click on the Forgotten your password? link.

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Enter your email address and click the Send button. You will receive password reset instructions to the email address you specified.


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Are there any restrictions on .tel domain names?

Telnic have a list of reserved .tel domain names that are not available for purchase, you can check the reserved list at http://www2.telnic.org/reserved-names.html.

The following rules and restrictions are applicable for .tel domain names:

  • The minimum number of characters allowed in a .tel domain is 3 and the maximum number is 63 not including the .tel suffix.

  • Every .tel domain name must contain at least one letter from a-z or "A to Z" in standard US ASCII script.

  • No .tel domain name can begin or end with a hyphen nor can a domain have a hyphen in the 3rd and 4th position.

  • A .tel domain name may not consist purely of digits.

Please note: The .tel naming conventions are described in detail in Telnic's Acceptable Use Policy.


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