Here’s a guide to getting .co at the lowest price.
I have a feeling .co is going to be hot. It will have one of the best country code “relaunches” we’ve ever seen. .CO Internet has undertaken one of the most impressive “new TLD” pre-marketing campaigns that I can think of, and the buzz is mounting. I’ve had several non-domainer friends email me inquiring about the domain.
The global sunrise period for trademark holders is going on until June 10, followed by a landrush June 21-July 13. The sunrise includes unprecedented checks to keep people from “gaming” the system as we’ve seen in other launches. There will be an auction if more than one sunrise applicant qualifies.
Even though it officially doesn’t start until June, the landrush phase has sort of started already as many registrars are offering landrush applications for the domains now. If more than one application is received for a domain, it will be auctioned off.
Here’s a look at how
8 of the 10 the accredited .co registrars are pricing the domains prior to general availability*. Based on these numbers, it seems that eNom and OpenSRS (Tucows) are your best bet for pricing during sunrise and landrush.
-Global Sunrise: $205 non-refundable application fee (covers trademark application) + $25 Registration Fee (if name is awarded, includes 1-year registration)
-Landrush: $5 application fee and $220 registration fee if domain awarded.
-Global Sunrise: $299.99. Refundable except for $270.00 application fee if you don’t get the domain.
-Landrush: $299.99. Refundable except for $10.00 application fee if you don’t get the domain.
-General availaiblity: Go Daddy is already accepting applications for the general availability period for $29.99 per domain.
-Global Sunrise: Unknown
-Landrush: $275 with Promo Code LR25. If they don’t get the domain you’ll get a refund less $9.00. They have a price match guarantee for the total price but “applies only to fees equal to or above $225 per domain and is only applicable for up to 10 domains per account”. So if you’d prefer to use Register.com but get lower pricing, you can quote them one of the lower competitor prices.
Global Sunrise: $299 non-refundable application fee plus $34.99 per year for registration.
Landrush: $10 application fee. If you get the domain it’s $325 plus $34.99 for each additional year of registration.
Unknown, must have a reseller account to apply.
-Global Sunrise: $340 for the first year.
-Landrush: $310 for first year, includes $15 application fee and $290 registration fee. Presumably the $290 would be refunded if you don’t get the domain.
-Global Sunrise: non-refundable application fee is $200 and there’s a $25 additional fee if you get the domain name.
-Landrush: $5.00 application fee and $220 if you get the domain.
-Global Sunrise: $240 non-refundable application fee, plus $39.99 if you get the domain.
-Landrush: pricing not yet released
-Global Sunrise: 279.99 non refundable. Includes first year registration fee.
-Landrush: To be published 1st of June
-GA: To be Published 1st of July
*Prices based on posted prices on each registrar’s web site as of 5/10/10. Domains will also be available through other registrars who have resale agreements with the above registrars.