US company to offer free domain names

What more on the Internet could be free, you ask? One US company has outlined future plans to provide Net users with free domain name registration under a new "personal Web portal" service.

With "NAMEzero", to be launched by the end of November, domain name registrar iDirections.com will allow users to register Internet addresses ending in .com, .net and .org at no charge. Aimed primarily at consumers, the service also lets them build a "personal Web portal" that can incorporate free e-mail, instant messaging, and links to online retail stores and other Internet content, the company said.iDirections began accepting preregistrations for the service since last week. It is encouraging customers to register Internet addresses that include their own name, such as www.FredBloggs.com.iDirections.com will pay the required fee for registering the domain name, hoping to make money through advertising and marketing deals, and by offering online vendors a spot on the portal pages that users create, said Bruce Keiser, iDirections' president.

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