Getting a Digital Contact Card?

This page will go into detail on what I would do if I could have done things over again. There will be a few things I would do, and will display them in this page. If you decide to follow my advice on this page, be prepared, you will need a credit or debit card. You will also need to be prepared to pay an annual charge. Depending on a couple of things, you might also have a monthly charge. I will go into detail of the charges and how they relate as we move on. Also, this is what I do. There are other options such as Popl or Ovou which will sell you a card, and give you a page to display your contact information for free. Even if you go this route, I would recommend paper contact cards for times when using your digital card is more inconvenient.

Protecting Your Privacy

First, you should get a PO Box. The reason of why is you are required to provide contact information that goes into a WHOIS database. Basically, anyone can go to whois.com can do a owner lookup just by entering your domain. You could possibly pay for WHOIS privacy, but I would just spend that money on a PO Box rather than having to pay for WHOIS privacy with each of your domain(s). You can also use a PO Box for other reasons. For example, important documents are sent to my PO Box for security and privacy. If I don’t want my residence address to be known, then I will simply not provide it. You can also choose to have your PO Box displayed as contact information in your .tel address. I would also recommend that you get a TextNow number (if supported). This will eliminate the need to disclose your private number to 7 Billion people.

Getting the Domains

Next, you would need to decide what you would want as an Internet presence. I am not saying you have to go at the level that I am at, but at the very least, you should have a .tel which will cost less than $15/year. I would also acquire another domain for the very least to host your .vcf. A .vcf is a Virtual Card File. A person using a smartphone can download this file, and have all of your public contact information. For example, my .vcf will have my [Toll-Free] number. My [SMS] number. Two of my URLs, and PO Box. The person that downloaded your .vcf does not have to do anything with exception of tapping add. This means no mistakes are made on the recipient’s part. If you want to have a .vcf file, you would need a program to create .vcf files, and web hosting. As for your home page, you can just create a blank index.html file, and hide your .vcf in that hosting account. You would then add the link to your .vcf file onto your .tel page. Many hosting companies will provide a .com/.net/.org domain for free (only 1) as long as you are hosting with them. If you leave their hosting service, then you would have to pay for your domain. I will also recommend that you acquire a free email address exclusively for your domain services. Again, this email address will become public information. If you choose to not host a .vcf file, the you can just acquire a .tel domain. For your .tel domain, I would recommend Name.Com ( https://name.com/ ). To manage your .tel domain, you would go to https://managemy.tel.

Getting the Physical Cards

Next, you would need to decide what you would want on your digital contact card. If you are going my route, you would want to keep things simple and to the point. On my card, I will provide my name, my [Toll-Free] number, and my .tel address – each on their own line. The NFC will send the recipient to your .tel domain just as they would if they scanned your QR code. In my instance, the QR code, and NFC tag is set to send the recipient to my .tel address which will prompt the person to open their phone’s web browser. The recipient will then have all of your up to date contact information. For your digital card, you would want to use taptag.shop. They can provide you with a plastic or metal card. Either will work. You also wish to get paper cards. I would recommend that on the front, you would have your picture, then your name, then public number, and finally .tel address. On the back of the card, I would get a QR code for your .vcf file, and a link to your .tel address. Your digital card is the most expensive card. However, you would only need to replace it if you were to change information (which is why you want to be minimal), or if you lose it. Your paper cards will be used sparingly which is why I recommend that you keep things to a minimum there. The idea is to have your .tel address provide all of the up to date information.

Populating Your .tel Domain

What information you put in your .tel domain will be made available to 7 Billion people in the world. As long as someone has Internet access, and not restricted to sites in their country only can access your .tel. For example, you may not want people to have your private telephone number so they can ring your phone at 3AM. So what do I have on my contact card? Well, as of time of writing this page, I have the following.

Telephone Numbers

I have my [Toll-Free] number. This allows me to unmask would be private callers – therefore assuring that I would be able to do something about undesirable callers. This will include adding them to a block list. My next number is my [SMS] Number. As the name implies – this is for SMS only. I have it set up where that account only does SMS. It has no voice calling, nor data service. For such things, I rely on my primary line.

Email

I have my email address next on my site. This is straightforward, and I had this address the longest. This means people are likely to associate my address with me. This is done because I own the domain my email is connected with. This would be frank@pilone.name. Since I own pilone.name, I can do what I want with the domain. Since the passing of my brother, the domain is only servicing me, but that is fine. I still have my address that I had for more than 15 years.

Web Addresses

There are three web addresses. My personal site (since this is my personal .tel), a link to all of my sites, and my .vcf file. Since I pay for hosting with a company, I can upload my .vcf to an active domain, allow people to download the file, then add me as a contact with minimal work.

Social Networks

I have only 1 social network I associate with, but the .tel domain supports all of the popular networks. So even though I only have 1 social network doesn’t mean that is the only one supported. And even if your social network isn’t supported, you can still just use your profile’s URL as a web address (as above).

Physical Address

Not that anyone does, nor do I expect anything, I have my PO Box on my .tel address. I have a PO Box for the use of my WHOIS records, but I can use that address for almost anything else. The only issue I had is in regards to shipping companies. In that regards, I use a dedicated shipping address – however, people wishing to reach out to me will be best to use the PO Box. It is easier to type out, and easier for me to get to.