3) Will the service remain free?
While we don’t 100% have the answer to that yet, we will not be making any changes to the service you are currently receiving for the foreseeable future. We will be discontinuing signups in the near future but existing accounts will remain active and fully functional.
Looks like the reality is slightly different. Just got another email from Dyn Inc with regarding to the transition.
First off, anyone who has donated to David and EveryDNS since 2001 will be grandfathered into free Custom DNS hosting with DynDNS.com…
So not everyone will be migrated but those who donated. Well I did donate and got unlimited domains + unlimited records from EveryDNS (although I only have ~10 domains there). The Custom DNS hosting offer is valued at $30/year so that’s the saving a previous donator. However that’s only for 1 zone.
I have to say that DynDNS has pretty good reputation in hosted DNS space, and having 100% DNS availability is arguable even more important than your having your web servers online all the time. Still a hefty price to pay though. With EditDNS going to pay model, EveryDNS migrating to DynDNS and lots of issues with ZoneEdit. Which other free DNS provider would you put your trust on?