OSLO, Norway, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The first company world wide, European start-up NamePlanet.com now offers free personal email addresses of the type email@example.com. The company has the world's largest selection of domain names, and its service is due to launch in the US and 10 European countries within the coming weeks. "Hotmail was the first company world-wide to offer free email. We have lifted the service to a new level. Why settle for JohnR217@hotmail.com when you can have John@Riggs.Net?" says CEO and co-founder of NamePlanet.com, Lars- Odin Mellemseter. "Our unique service enables us to challenge leading players like Yahoo and Hotmail right off the bat." Sharing In addition to offering easy-to-remember email addresses and home page URLs, NamePlanet.com facilitates the sharing of valuable Internet real estate. "Through our service people can share domain names with their family and other people with the same last name." says CEO Mellemseter. "Our service provides a fix to the problem that one person prevents others from using a common last name as a domain name. We are proud to be the first company world wide to offer free personal email addresses, and we believe this will revolutionize the global web mail market," says co-founder and CTO Geir Rasmussen. "Robin Hood" What NamePlanet.com does is the opposite of cybersquatting. "While cybersquatters profit from the idea that only one company can use an Internet address, we let as many people as possible share each domain. Also, while domain pirates sell domains to the highest bidder, we give the addresses away for free. We are the Robin Hood of the Internet," says Rasmussen. Largest selection NamePlanet.com offers the largest selection of personal domains in the world, and has registered enough last name domains to cover 1 billion people. This is possible because millions of people worldwide have common names such as Smith, Brown and Williams. NamePlanet.com has by far registered more domain names than any other player. Its offering contains all the most common US family names as well as the most common surnames in many other countries. The NamePlanet.com service The aim of the company is to offer a wide range of services complimenting the name-based addresses. NamePlanet.com will soon offer individual, customized services such as online bookmarks, calendar services and online hard drive. At www.NamePlanet.com users can presently sign up for free webmail with a personal address book and support for personal folder management. In addition to the basic webmail service, NamePlanet.com also offers free automatic forwarding to users' other email accounts. "Many of our competitors do not allow this, but we try to be more open and user friendly," says CTO Rasmussen. Users will soon also be able to establish personal home pages at addresses based on their own names, such as www.john.thommesen.com or www.juan.rodrigez.com. The company will offer both free web redirection and free hosting of web pages. The service is presently available in Norwegian and English, and will be launched in additional languages over the next few weeks. The first countries in which the service will launch are USA, Norway, UK, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and France. About Nameplanet.com NamePlanet.com was founded July 1999 in Oslo, Norway. Two Scandinavian venture capital firms, Four Seasons Venture and Venture Partners, fund the company. The Board of Directors consists of Tim Jackson, founder and former CEO of leading European auction site QXL.com (Nasdaq: QXLC) as well as Alexander Arnesen, Norwegian CEO of European web consultancy Icon Medialab, Karl Christian Agerup of Venture Partners, Lars Thoresen of Four Seasons Venture, and CEO Lars-Odin Mellemseter.