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Want A Free Domain Name? Try 1and1 ;)

By on Oct 3, 2007 in Tech Takes | 15 comments

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Okies, now this is NOT a sponsored post. Gosh, I hate saying this at ever increasing intervals, but sponsored posts are sometimes good, you know. Anyway, really wanted to leave this update to Naman, but hell, this is too damn funny to ignore.

Naman was discussing stuff about his blog with me one day, when I casually mentioned he might as well get a domain for himself with the all PPP stuff he’s got. Seems to have got him excited, for soon after he searched around for domain names. I suggested GoDaddy and Yahoo! first, and then later, 1and1 as places he might look for. He went for 1and1, because it was giving a good offer, and used PayPal to pay for it. Guess what? His domain – www.namanb.com – is alive and running for a few days now, and yet, 1and1 hasn’t charged for it yet!

Sigh. This post was cut short by a call from Naman that he just got an invoice from 1and1, and no they haven’t charged yet. They are saying they’ll charge in the next SEVEN days. Relaxed people, eh?



15 Comments

  1. Sports fan

    October 3, 2007

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    I wonder what the full post would have looked like.If only I had called you 10 minutes later,I would have known.It looks like it’s payment time for me.

  2. Tikna

    October 3, 2007

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    They charge after the end of the month, i am using 1and1 for a long time now.

  3. GQ

    October 4, 2007

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    @SF: Yup, payment time.

    @Ankit: Hmm, but doesn’t that open up their system to abuse like domain sampling by spammers to a greater extent?

  4. Tikna

    October 5, 2007

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    They will ban your paypal account and paypal in turn will mark you as a spammer, not a good situation to be in.

  5. Tikna

    October 6, 2007

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    Duh ! ;)

    Sorry but this post is just sensationalism ! , you should have actually investigated the incident.

  6. GQ

    October 6, 2007

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    @Ankit: Still, 1and1’s system is open to some major abuse, if they take payments later. A spammer obviously doesn’t care to use the same email ID or the PayPal account associated with it. They’d simply take a new one, and keep on domain sampling. Google AdSense for Domains.

  7. Tikna

    October 6, 2007

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    The last time i ordered, i remember i had to register my Credit Card before i could make merchant agreements, in that case i would just run out of Credit cards.

  8. GQ

    October 6, 2007

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    @Ankit: That’s where the phishing syndicate comes in. It’s a well known fact that personal details of people, including credit card numbers, are available for buyers from phishers. Of course, the card doesn’t need to be your own, and since you don’t need extended verification to make a merchant agreement, only a credit card number added to your account, theoretically, 1and1’s system IS open to abuse.

  9. Tikna

    October 7, 2007

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    To verify you must enter a 4 digit special code, that code is only available in your bank’s credit card statement. Phishers cant get it unless they intercept your snail mail too.

    Plus most Indian banks call to confirm Paypal transactions, atleast mine does.

  10. Abhishek Nandakumar

    October 7, 2007

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    Whoah, whoah. I would like to agree with Ankit on the part about getting banned on PayPal here simply because the terms and conditions in PayPal are always less in favor of the consumer.

    Your domain gets confirmed by the ICANN only after they receive the payment, so even if it stays active for a while, to gain full control the payments have to be made. If they charge at the end of the month, it must be for some reason. I don’t think they’re going to open up their servers for spammers so easily.

    As for adding the credit card to your PayPal account, 4 digit confirmation numbers aren’t very difficult to find.

  11. GQ

    October 7, 2007

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    @Ankit: Used PayPal with credit card on Citibank, StanChart, HSBC. Never been called.

  12. Tikna

    October 7, 2007

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    Citibank, StanChart, HSBC ???

    Indian anyone ?

    HDFC, ICICI and SBI did !

  13. Tikna

    October 7, 2007

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    Yeah ! :P

    Stanchart are such BEEPS, they changed my bro’s account type without informing me and gobbled up around 10k from him. Not recommended , all these firangi banks have super high service charges.

    I love HDFC the most, i am a preferred customer there and they take good care of my needs.

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