I saw an ad for this today in the latest issue of IEEE Spectrum Magazine...
In the press release found on 1&1's website states:
Further details about the hosting package can be found here.September 22, 2003: 1&1 Internet, the world’s biggest web host, hits the American marketplace today with an incredible pre-launch offer. Customers will receive our top of the line Professional Package for free for 3 full years! That’s a savings of over $1000 (from our regular price of $29/month). The package includes 500 MB of web space and 5,000 MB/month traffic, with our industry leading 12,000 Mbit connectivity and 99.9% uptime guarantee. It’s fully featured with 50 POP3 email accounts, 5 FTP accounts, numerous CRM applications, a template ready, browser based WebsiteCreator, and much, much more.
There is also a page that discusses FAQs about the promotion, such as the three you are probably wondering:
Why are you giving away a Professional Hosting Plan for free?
Our advertising agency asked us the same question! This is what we told them. We’ve been providing service to top US companies for years. So, when we wanted to expand to the end-user market, we decided to go with an offer only a global leader like ourselves could make. To show our confidence that at the end of the 3 years, you’ll be so impressed with our service, you’ll continue to work with us, and even recommend us to others. In other words, we’ve decided to invest more in you and less in our ad agency. Granted, this wasn’t the answer they were looking for, but we don’t exist to please them. We exist to please you.
How can you pay for this promotion?
Cutting our advertising budget allows us to use the money to pay for the promotion. Less ads and the maximum use of grassroots word–of-mouth movement is our objective. We’re not worried about losing our shirt because, as the biggest web host in the world, we’re profitable, stable, and have been in this business for over a decade. Also, we control the entire value chain so we can buy servers, routers, connectivity and bandwidth in bulk and that benefit is passed on to you.
What are the obligations and commitments? Can I cancel anytime?
There are no obligations. You may cancel your account anytime. Unless you want to register domain names or you wish to add additional services, we even won’t ask you for a credit card.
Service does not start until January 15th, 2004, but I can wait for FREE hosting! Get in on this before the end of the year!
I've already signed myself up and wanted to pass the offer along to all of you!