European Company Offers Free Personal Domain Names

European start-up
NamePlanet.com is offering
free personal e-mail addresses in the form of [email protected]


NamePlanet.com claims to have the world’s largest selection of domain
names and is planning to launch its service in the coming weeks not
only in ten European countries but in the United States as well.


Lars-Odin Mellemseter, chief executive officer and co-founder of
NamePlanet.com, said there was no need to settle for an address
such as [email protected] when the same user could have [email protected]


“Through our service people can share domain names with their family
and other people with the same last name,” said Mellemseter.


The other co-founder of NamePlanet.com, Chief Technology Officer
Geir Rasmussen said that the service solved the problem where one
person prevented others from using a common last name as a domain name.


“We are proud to be the first company worldwide to offer free personal
email addresses, and we believe this will revolutionize the global
Web mail market,” said Rasmussen.


NamePlanet.com says it has registered more domain names than any
other operator, including all the most common U.S. family names
and many others.


Initially, NamePlanet.com will make the service available in
Norwegian and English, but will add other languages soon. Eventually
it will operate in the U.S., Norway, the U.K., Sweden, Finland, Denmark,
Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and France.


NamePlanet.com plans also to offer personal home pages using addresses
based on users’ names, such as www.john.thommesen.com. It says it will
provide free web redirection and free hosting for the pages.


Meanwhile, in the U.K., building contractor Greg Roberts has invested
£35,000 ($57,000) to purchase the domain names of over 600 London
neighborhoods. As a result, his company
Airmill is offering e-mail
addresses such as [email protected]

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