.mobi's Latest Plan To Help The Mobile Internet: Give Us More Cash, Please
from the payment-required-upfront dept
Ah, the .mobi top-level domain — the one that’s supposed to somehow supposed to get everybody using the internet on their mobile phone, but increasingly looks like it’s nothing more than a blatant money-grab — is back with its latest plan to boost its bank account, er, boost the mobile internet. It’s put out a call for “advisors” to “reach out to the mobile internet ecosystem, keep in touch with trends, and understand, assess and prioritise the needs of the entire mobile internet community”, and who will be able to “to shape the future of internet services to mobile devices”. Of course, you’ve got to pay for the privilege to “advise” mTLD, the company behind .mobi — starting at 295 euros a year for individual observers, up to 5000 euros per year for companies that want to actively participate, and for those with 30,000 euros burning a hole in their pocket, there’s a “Foundation” membership available. So let’s get this straight: .mobi is interested in outside input, but only from people who can pony up significant amounts of cash. mTLD’s arguments were already unconvincing, and this hardly helps them look like they’re interested in anything other than money, despite what they say. But remember, according to the CEO, .mobi’s not a money-grab, because even though they’re setting up various programs to inflate their revenues, their prices could always be higher.