The good news: Network Solutions is offering domains at an annualized rate of $9.99 per year. The bad news: you have to register the domain for 100 years and pay $999 up front.
Network Solutions’ unusual offer of 100-year domain registrations may appeal to those who envision domain names as family heirlooms, or a way to ensure that their new baby’s domain will still be there when he turns 100. But don’t get any crazy ideas about transferring away after 75 years and asking for a pro-rated refund. The 100-year service is “non-transferable and non-refundable,” according to Net Sol.
Network Solutions has decided to compete on term rather than price, maintaining its one-year .com price at $34.99 even as some providers offer them as low as $4. The long-term “discount” is still well above pricing for multi-year renewals from registrars with shorter time horizons - like the $6.95 per year rate for a 10-year registration with Go Daddy. In seeking promotional hooks, NetSol is hoping to lock in the customer base clamoring for that additional 90 years.
On the pricing front, Crystal Tech joined the list of providers offering domains at under $10 per annum, with an offer of two-year registrations for $17 ($8.50 per year) through a reseller arrangement with Melbourne IT.
Meanwhile, ICANN announced that it will review 10 proposals for new sponsored top-level domains, including dueling proposals for .tel from Pulver.com and Telname Ltd. The applications were submitted in response to a request for proposals ICANN issued back on Dec. 15. A public comment period will end April 30.