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      31.10.2003 17:56

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      Hello All, Just thought I would let you know that I received an email last night from the team at freenetname. They have redesigned the site (looks really slick) and have opened up domain signups again. It is still FREE and has added features. I am still looking into the features but the one that catches my eye is the 'justmail' facility. It seems that for only £2.50 a month you do not have to dialup to them to collect your mail or keep your domain name active. It is really nice for the people like me who enjoy travelling as I can now access my mail abroad which I felt was limited with the old service. They have reduced the cost of their 'anytime' and 'broadband' services too. I am looking forward to seeing what the new products are that they are planning on launching in the near future - I will keep you updated. Anyway, see for yourself and let me know if there is anything I have missed? Cupidstunt

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      14.07.2003 23:27

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      When every other company was plugging thier "free" internet service where you only paid for the phone calls, freenetname went on better. They charge no monthly fee, local dial in costs and then threw in a domain name! Ease To Install: I didn't have any problems intalling/setting up the connection. Mind you, it has to be said that I work with computers all day, so I would hope that I don't have any problems with something like setting up an internet connection. But it all looked pretty simple to me. Knowing what you connect to: I always like to know all the individual settings, what the mail servers name is, any proxy settings etc, etc. I likes freenetname as they made all this info really easy to find. (Before now I have had to download the install program and then read through the configuration fine by hand - yuk!) Connection speed: I've been very happy with the connection speed (for a dial up connection). I think that freenetname pride themselves on giving a good quality connection. They even stopped taking new subscriptions when they were under threat of being over subscribed for their server power. Keeping it live: As with everything there is always a catch. In order to keep your account, you have to use it. So you need to make sure you dial in at least once a month, or your account it deleted. External Access: It is a little annoying (but not at all surprising) that you can not access you account in any other way other than dialing in through the phone number supplied. It would have nice to have had something like a limited web interface to read your mail, but I suppose then they wouldn't make any money! Domain Name: The choice of Domain name is limited to a set of .uk values including org.uk and co.uk. So you can't have .com unless you want to pay them extra. One down site is that you can never change your domain name once y ou have set it. You are not even given the chance to when it comes for them to renew it. Web Space: They do give you about 20mb of web space, which has proved enough space for me at the moment. Again you can only upload anything through the local rate phone number, but transfer speed isn't too bad. Access to the web site from other servers is actually pretty good, they haven't just dumped peoples web site on a slow server that can't cope, it does actually load pretty fast. E-mail: With the free domain name it follows that you can also have an unlimited number of E-mail addresses (myname@mydomain.co.uk). This is great as you can use pretty much anything, allowing you to put different categories of E-mail into different inbox's. e.g. get all your Ciao! messages going to ciao@mydomain.co.uk freenetname web site: The freenetname web site has quite a bit of info on configurations and problem solving. This is great as it means that you don't have to ring them up on a premium number if you have a problem. I haven't used any of the other stuff on their site, so I can't comment on their news sections etc. Customer Service: I'd do my best to avoid ringing customer service as the charges are high (Premium phone number). However, they do reply very quickly to E-mail (which cost nothing) and for my one communication they were very helpful. I've noticed reasonably recently the addition of the following 2 services: 1) Free phone (unlimited) access - This looks much the same as the normal dial in, but this time you pay a flat fee (about £15.00 at the moment - but this may change) and can stay connected as long as you like. Again you get all the previous perks, but you know the cost upfront rather than seeing it on your phonebill. (Note, this is currently only available if you are already signed up for freenetname standard account) 2) Broadband - This is a very recent addition. Again you get the domain name and all the other perks. But you pay about £30.00 for the broadband version. (This is open to new, as well as existing, customers)

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      14.06.2001 06:50
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      Freenetname offer a free domain name and hosting service if you use there ISP. This is handy if you want a co.uk website for free but there are few problems. First of all you have keep using their ISP in order for them to keep your website up and running. Connection speeds are fast but the hosting service can be very very slow especially if you have FLASH site hosted on it. On the bright side it is free, and if you just want a simple call charge ISP and want to create a basic website with you own domain name this is the cheapest and easiest way to achieve it. Conclusion – Great if you a first time web designer but serious web designers should stay away

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        30.05.2001 22:17
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        "Quite a while ago I joined freenetname, like many friends who were also considering joining. The only similar offer was from namezero.com who give free .com addresses but they put a banner on them. However, after joining i realised that it wasnt as good as id first thought. The downtime of my site was amazingly high. After telling 15 people about the site on the after it had been up for a week ( or so i'd thought) i got complaints from twelve saying that they couldnt access the site. It hasnt got any better I think that says it all." This is what I said first time round. Well, what I was trying to sasy was that Freenetname is not the ISP to use if what you're looking for is a free .co.uk address as it doesnt work reliably. There are more problems with freenetname which I will now go into: Email The email account given to you is anythingyouwant@youraddress.co.uk So only one account for a whole website. Not very good. They also try and make you dependant on them as you can only access your email when you are connected to them. If you connect through another ISP, you cant get email. As simple as that. This is not common practice. The same applies when you want to update the contents of your site. You must be connected through them. So they are making money from you not only when you connect to the internet through them for normal use, but also for email and uploading to your website. I had planned to use Freenetname solely for hosting my site and as a backup ISP, but this is impossible if you use email regularly as I do. This meant I had to get another email account, just after changing to my freenetname account.

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          12.04.2001 16:45
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          Thousands (or is it millions?) of people within the UK are now regularly logged on to the Internet and starting to capitalise on its immense potential. In order to get online, everybody will have had to open an account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP), which provides a dial up number and will usually also provide e-mail addresses and (increasingly) some space on their servers allowing the user to set up a website, if that is their heart’s desire. I first got on line a couple of years ago, and started off with British Telecom’s Talk21 service which was okay, but unexciting and I rapidly became quite bored with it. After a while I also started getting into web site design and the desire to have my own stuff up and running online. All the advice said that if you were going to set up a website, it would be very advantageous to register your won domain name, so it was easy for people to recognise it and it was uniquely yours, rather than those branded ones like you get with Freeserve with the tell tale signature at the end (fsnet.co.uk or freeserve.co.uk). I therefore started casting around for options and as I didn’t want to have to fork out much if anything, I started focussing on those that offered free domain names and free website hosting and happily I found there were several which provided that option and I started checking a few of them out. This was all back in March 2000 and the first one I tried in earnest, after deciding that the Freeserve offering was okay, but a bit limiting (naff URL, limits to server space, access problems), was Freenetname (www.freenetname.co.uk) and duly registered my own, personal domain name (www.tommo2.co.uk). What attracted me to Freenetname was the fact that it was free (you don't say!), and relatively easy to up, allowed you to have as many e-mail addresses as you want for that domain (xxx@tommo2.co.uk) and offered you the fairly lavish amount of 20 Mb of server s pace to host your delightful creations. From what I’ve seen, 20 Mb is at the higher end of the space normally offered (Freeserve offers 15 Mb, or at least it did last time I looked) and the standard space is between 5 Mb and 15 Mb, so Freenetname’s deal is good in this respect. I was off and running in no time. The drawbacks are few and far between, but it’s worth laying them out. You have to be online via the Freenetname dial up account (local rate 0845 number) to either upload your web pages or receive e-mail at your domain name account. You can vie wthe pages via any connection, but you have to use Freenetname to upload it. Not terribly concerning and a small price to pay, I think you’ll agree. You’re limited to a single account per household and once you’ve selected your domain name you’re stuck with it, you can’t amend it, so think carefully about this one – I know I would have changed mine if I had thought about it before I rushed in. You’re limited to co.uk and org.uk extensions to your domain name. The amount of CGI and scripting is limited – you can establish guestbooks and hit counters and feedback forms, but that’s about it. Having said all that, this is still a brilliant service and, as Freenetname says, totally and absolutely free, so how can you complain? There’s a fair amount of online help and they give you some good pointers to getting started with a website. You get the domain registered for you for an initial period of two years (though it took several month for the certificate to come through from Nominet) and it gets renewed automatically after two years, so long as you’re still actively using your account, and that means at least once every ninety days. The e-mail address flexibility is good and easy to set up and you can have as many aliases as you want on your domain name. Unfortuna tely, however, all of this isn’t now going to be of a great deal of use to you unless you’re already a customer. Their website now has emblazoned across its home page the following: “As of 1st December 2000 we will not be accepting any new freenetname customer registrations. This is due to the fact that the service has reached full capacity and we are not willing to degrade the service we offer to our existing customers. “Current freenetname customers will continue to be fully supported and the service will be maintained at current levels. Although there will be no expansion of the service there are no plans to close freenetname.” Ah, it’s a shame, because this is a pretty good service offering and exceptionally good value. True to their word, however, I have had no problems since then with my account, either the web space or the e-mail. In terms of robustness, over the last twelve months or so, I have had very little down time (I can remember only one period, in fact, which lasted about a day, when I couldn’t get to my site) and have been exceptionally pleased. They suggested using Cute FTP and Terrapin FTP as the upload programs, but I struggled with both of those and instead use Bluezone as my FTP program of choice. This has given me absolutely no problems when uploading data and all in all I’ve had wonderful service from these people. It’s a shame for newbies that they’ve stooped offering the service, but it’s good news for existing customers that they’re unwilling to degrade the level of service offered. People like Freeserve, who promise what they can’t deliver, are a blight on the Internet industry. I can’t think of any serious problems with Freenetname, apart from the minor quibbles listed above, but I obviously can’t suggest you try it as it’s no longer taking orders. Shame!!! I have to say, however, that there is another provider which offers an even more splendid service, and is still taking accounts, but I guess you’ll have to come back another day and read that in one of my other ops. Sorry for now.

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            06.02.2001 03:14
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            Well, quite a while ago I joined up with Freenetname. It seemed to be quite a good offer. I mean, a free domain... When some companies charge hundreads.... Something isnt wright here!! My first domain name, they just took away from me, with no reason. What I think is that if someone bids them for it, then they will sell it without even asking you for your consent! But im not sure. Where as my other domain dackman.co.uk is still up and running is a type. But something that I didnt like about their service, is that you have to be connected to their isp, even to read your email! Or just to log onto their website. This was quite annoying, as when I use to log onto Netorks offering 0800 internet access, I couldnt check my Freenetname Email! And here is the bad news, if you was thinking of signing up with freenetname, well, you cant! As they have closed their service as they cant take on any new customers. BEcause their network capacity is full! (I think they cant afford all these domain names!! And that they are making a loss rather then a proffit!)

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            03.12.2000 19:59
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            Everyone can get their own proper .co.uk domain name for free - so what are you waiting for. Freenetname is an ISP (internet service provider) meaning once you have an account you can use them to access the internet for the price of a local call. What seperates these from others ( freeserve, virgin etc ) is they are the only ones who will give you a domain name just for using there service. As soon as you have signed up you can register anything, as long as it isn't copyrighted or already taken. From then on you will need to access the internet through them once every 90 days to keep you account open. In theory this means you can get a domain name and keep it for as little as 5p (minimum BT call charge) every three months. Obviously they would like you to use it a little more and while your uploading your site or checking e-mails you will need to do it via their service. For people who already know how to build a website or who already have one on any of other free companies offering free webspace (tripod, fortunecity etc.) this service will be straight forward and you could easily transfer your existing site onto their domain. People who are new to website design will need to start to learn and 'frontpage express' and 'dreamweaver' are two extremely good programs for beginners. Then as soon as you have a website learn how to upload (put site on the internet) using ftp. There are a number of ways to learn, from books and tutorials to being taught by someone you know and the best way to improve is experience. The only other place I know of that offers a similar service is Namezero.com but they will place adverts on the site. Freenetname is offering everone the chance to have a easy to remember uk domain on the net for free so whatever your situation check it out.

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            26.11.2000 08:39
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            having used freenetname for many many months now i feel that it is only fair that people should get the picture. when connecting to freenetname for upload or email from your domain you MUST use their dial up settings and numbers. they do have a free technical help line but the people who staff these lines give the same excuses every time. i reccomend tha you use a file transfer program that supports file resume etc... quite often files and/or data get corrupted making your pages look shoddy and unproffesional. many times i have found that i have uploaded a site only to discover that i have to trest navigate it thouroughly to ensure the grafix and text are all in the right places. i do not bother to use the email as i cannot collect it on my free dial up. on the other hand this is a 'near enough' free service and the company has not put any advertisments on any of my customers web sites. if you wnna website with your own domain use this service for an entry page and then link to another domain like the free tripod/homestead/angelfire etc. as an isp forget it.

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            26.11.2000 05:59

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            When I first heard of this I thought 'great a free domain name now I can have my own wooglie.co.uk for myself and have tim@wooglie.co.uk as my email address, but there are some problems. First of all the access to the internet can be quite slow, but this is the same for most free (0845) Internet Service Providers. Secondly you cannot access your account if you have dialled up using another Internet Service Provider, for example if you have paid for BT Surftime you can't collect your email or upload to your website from the cheaper dial-up rate which is a bit annoying. So in conclusion I say that this is a great way to get a free domain name, but it does have some limitations and ther are much better ISPs out there.

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            23.11.2000 00:13

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            Join freenetname and you will have access to unlimited internet use at local call rate which is nothing new, you do however have the opportunity to register a uk based domain name which is also completely free plus you will get free webhosting. The internet service is very reliable with fast connections and good availability, to upload files to your site you must be connected to the freenetname internet service otherwise are unable to connect to their web servers - though it's a small price to pay for a free domain name

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            17.11.2000 20:12

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            Offering unlimited internet access at local call rate like the other 200 ISP's or so there seems nothing different about freenetname and their isn't because the fact is they do let you register your free uk based domain name (.co.uk ,.org.uk etc) and give you free webhosting but freenetname reserves the right to take down your site at anytime and they probably will - I've been to many sites that have contained only appropriate content and when I have revisited them a day or so later all I see is adverts for freenetname and nothing else , it's a nice idea but they have failed , try it for yourself - it's totally free to signup and register your uk domain name but you will be wasting your time

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            03.11.2000 07:51
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            A free .co.uk domain name? Yes please! I joined FreeNetName a while ago, and have found their service very fast (my fastest connection = 48kbps) and reliable. I now have my own domain name, which looks very professional. Email addresses are provided, along with 20MB of web space. For a charge, you can transfer your domain name to a different server. But if you want a domain name, don't have many files you need to upload and can't afford to buy a domain name, this is for you! Unfortunately, to use any of FreeNetName's services, you have to be connected to them. That means, you cannot dial up to a different ISP and check your email from there. You have to connect to FreeNetName in order to check it. Some ISPs, such as FreeServe, don't have this restriction, but FreeNetName does. Also, I signed up several months ago, and still have not received my domain certificate. I couldn't find a support email address anywhere, and haven't had time to phone the help line, so I've accepted this for the time being. Anyone with a small(ish) website would benefit from a domain name and 20MB web space free of charge. If you are planning to create a bigger site, I suggest you look at alternative (usually more expensive) options.

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            26.10.2000 23:14

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            Who can argue with a free .co.uk or .org.uk domain name? I didnt - I have one! Many people are using this isp for just that reason - so If you want yourname.co.uk or whatever takes your fancy - you had better be quick! But then as with all 'freebies' it has its down side - 1) You only get 20mb of WebSpace - which for most is alright - bit someof us like to be a bit more ambitious and have a little bit more, such as file/musi downloads etc! 2)You have to use the service to register! As in yuo have to use the Dial Up connection to access your FTP / Email account. and if you dont - you get stung with the Nominet fee (Nominet being the british Domain Name registering Service!) All in all they provide a decent service aswell - I frequently get a good 4 or 5 k a second on my downlaods which is quite good for a free ISP! The major downfall is that they do not yet support the SurfTime scheme - but hopefully that will follow! If you want a domain name - then there isnt a cheaper alternative - yet!

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            15.10.2000 22:02
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            Firstly i want to pick out a mistake made by doyoo. It is freenetname.co.uk not freenetname.com. They are completely different. I don't see why everyone hates freenetname.co.uk so much. You register with them, dial up and then register any '.co.uk' name you like. It's as simple as that. You only pay the bill for that quick dial up. Create the webiste offline in something like macromedia dreamweaver, like i did. Then dial up to freenetname and just quickly upload your site. So really you only have to make two local 0845 calls to start up your website. If you update it daily, that's still only one phone call a day. I don't know what the fuss is about. In my opinion, freenetname.co.uk are great, and have offered me a good service. So what if they charge £90 to move the domain name, most people use it to make their own sites, not to sell the domain name. Also, they have free 0800 technical support, which is very good and helpful. I think freenetname.co.uk are excellent, and i am very grateful to them for giving me a free domain name. Morbey.co.uk if any of you are interested!

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            05.10.2000 06:48

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            When I first started using freenetname the connection was very good and I had a good download rate for a 56K modem of between 4 and 5 kbs/s. However, my connection to freenetname is now always bad. It can often take several times to connect because it very rarely is able to connect first time. If this were an unmetered ISP this would be no problem, but every time you make that call and it does not connect you are paying for that each time. The download rate is extremely slow now. It has been very difficult for me to upload to my web site hosted by freenetname using FTP access. I sometimes have to try and connect a few times before I can gain access. I am not too concerned about the bad points of using freentname as your host because for what I need, it does the job fine. I just want a better cnnection and I want to be able to connect first time.

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