DomainNamesNZ doesn't understand fuss

The general manager of DomainNamesNZ doesn't understand the fuss over its fax campaign targeting .co.nz name holders.

The general manager of DomainNamesNZ doesn't understand the fuss over its fax campaign targeting .co.nz name holders.

Last week IDGNet reported that DomainNamesNZ, an Australian company, had launched a fax campaign aimed at name holders of a .co.nz name that don't own the .net.nz equivalent (see Domainz advises against latest domain name company.)

Name holders were offered a two-year registration of the .net.nz name for $99 a year - currently Domainz charges only $44 excluding GST for an annual fee.

However general manager Paul Fox says he hasn't received many complaints about the fax scheme.

"The first day of the campaign we had a few calls, mainly from the same people, but since then nothing. In fact we were wondering whether the campaign has hit New Zealand. We figure it's still rolling out across the country."

Fox says the company is waiting to the end of the week to judge whether or not the fax campaign has been successful.

Domainz CEO Derek Locke has issued a warning to registrants about using DomainNamesNZ as registrar following its mass fax campaign, something Domainz's terms and conditions prohibits.

"Unfortunately there's not a lot we can do as it's not a registrar and it doesn't have a domain name here."

DomainNamesNZ's Fox says the company will partner with a local registrar to offer services in the .nz space.

"We're registered with Australian registrars and we're currently looking at a local one as well."

Fox says the fax campaign is only a "trial run".

"We've put it in and we'll see how it goes. If it takes off then ... we'll set up a system within New Zealand."

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