Just a word of caution for those interested in going to .CM domains, it looks like you may not be able to start using the domains until sometime in 2010.
I noticed on Moniker.com site on the FAQ, where they are accepting pre-orders for .CM domains:
“””How will I set name servers?
“”Due to registry restrictions, you will not be able to freely change the name servers until early 2010 as determined by the registry. Until that time, all name server updates will be charged a processing fee, and will only be available via special request.”””
I wrote to Steve Brown, General Manager for NameJet.com the exclusive clearinghouse for all .CM registration who confirmed that this was in fact the registry’s policy.
“”It is true that the registry is charging a fee for nameserver changes to registrars until early 2010. Enom will register names with name-services.com nameservers”
Mr. Brown went on to say that the fee is expected to be nominal, say $10 per change, but the language “only upon special request” seems to indicate to me the process may not be quick or simple.
This also begs the question of why someone who paid $350 for a registration, one of the most expensive on earth, needs to pay another fee just to update their servers?
It certainly indicates to me that .cm registry may not have the infrastructure in place until early next year to run like the typical registry.
For example, the whois for the .cm registry is still not operational.
Also please note that “early 2010” could mean January to some, April or March to others.
So be on notice that once you get your .cm be it for $350 registration fee or after spending hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands on the domain you may not be able to use it until sometime in 2010.
You have been warned.