PayPal May Have Sold X.com Domain Name

PayPal May Have Sold X.com Domain Name
Rhett Pardon

SAN FRANCISCO — Has the X.com domain name been sold?

Records show the single-letter domain name on Wednesday was transferred from brand protection registration firm MarkMonitor on behalf of client PayPal to GoDaddy, where it’s under whois privacy protection.

Disappointingly, X.com has never provided adult entertainment content or services to the masses. Instead the domain has sat idle after its registrant, PayPal, discontinued online banking company X.com in the early 2000s.

Single-letter domains names are rare, only because ICANN in 1993 decided to hold onto them and grandfathered in only just a few to private parties. 

The last reported single-letter domain name sale was Z.com, which sold for nearly $6.8 million.

If X.com was sold, the new owner and purchase price likely would be found out within a number of months because of the fact that PayPal is a public company and subject to regulatory filings, including sale of assets.

The new X.com registrant’s expiration date is listed as October 2026.

PayPal officials did not immediately respond for XBIZ comment.

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