Man sold EverythingEverywhere domain for 'nominal sum'
Previous owner kicks self after sale to T'Orange
Everything Everywhere, Britain's newest and biggest phone company, snapped up its new domain name for “a nominal sum”, according to its previous owner.
T-Mobile and Orange said today they have merged their UK businesses to create a new telecoms giant that will operate under the brand Everything Everywhere.
The company will have over 30 million customers, with 713 shops and 16,500 employees.
But until today its new web address, everythingeverywhere.com, was owned by British IT consultant Ted Kelly.
Kelly told us in in an email: “I'm a little shocked to see the news today... coincidentally, the day that this modest sale was completed!
“It seems that it was bought by 'an agent' who kept very quiet about the intentions for the domain. It was therefore acquired for a very nominal sum.”
Kelly declined to disclose the price the domain sold for. The deal was sealed with a private offer/counter-offer negotiation through the auction house Sedo.
Its nominal new registrant is Melbourne IT Digital Brand Services, part of an Australian domain registrar that specialises in securing domains for large corporate customers. ®
The legendary - and now largely crap - heavy metal mag bought kerrang.com from a squatter a few years back. He was a metal fan who bought it when he realised they hadn't; when they launched on the interwebs, he agreed to sell it to them for the very metal sum of £666.
If you have to ask...
So all land suitable for housing not currently having a house on it, or being built on it, should be given away? All cars not currently having an MOT, Taxed and on the road should be given back to the factory?
They didn't have to use this name, he seemingly didn't register in "bad faith" (as squaters do). So what exactly is your problem?
Is called the free market, get over it or piss off and live in North Korea
Sorry, this practice needs to be stamped on hard. There is no skill, innovation or kudos in a domain land grab. Either the domain is under active use or it is not - and if not, it should revert to "unused" after (say) one month.
This would crush the parasites...err...squatters and take out quite a few of those "misspelled" domains to. e.g. Canonical could collect "ubutnu.com", "ubtunu.com" et al for a very nominal fee.
So if "everythingeverywhere.com" (or .co.uk, or....) was no being used, no one should have profited.