In June 2019, the domain name Voice.com set records by becoming the largest publicly-disclosed domain sale of all time.
The name, sold by software company MicroStrategy, was purchased by Block.one for $30 million in a deal brokered by GoDaddy.
Originally, Voice.com was home to a blockchain-based social network, but in May 2021, the company shut its social network venture and announced it was pivoting to an NFT platform.
The beauty of branding around a generic domain like Voice.com is that you can easily transition from one product or service to another.
Today, Voice.com has launched what looks to be a public beta that allows users to mint new NFTs with zero gas fees. Voice.com’s owner, Block.one, operates the EOSIO blockchain protocol that, according to Wikipedia, claims to eliminate gas fees.
The NFT market is hot at the moment, with the leading NFT marketplace OpenSea breaching $3 billion in trading volume for August 2021 alone. That figure is an increase of 900% over July 2021’s volume.
Could Voice.com become a rival for OpenSea? From briefly exploring Voice.com, it looks like there’s one major difference between the platforms, at least. On Voice.com, purchasers are able to pay for NFTs using traditional credit cards, rather than OpenSea’s reliance on the cryptocurrency ETH.