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ICANN Approves .mobi Domain For Cell Phones

The move is expected to pave the way for widespread use of the Web by cell phone users, although ICANN representatives have said they doubt .mobi websites will be available before 2006.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved the ".mobi" domain suffix for the exclusive use of cell phone users accessing the Internet.

Monday's action, the seventeenth top level domain approved by ICANN, is expected to pave the way for widespread use of the Web by cell phone users, although ICANN representatives have said they doubt .mobi websites will be available before 2006.

Websites using the .mobi domain suffix for the exclusive use of cell phone users are expected to be a stopgap solution to fill the divide between today's small-memory mobile phones and future devices with more robust memory and processors.

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