I learned a valuable lesson today that's on the subject of domains. I'm passing this info on so that no one else in here has to learn the hard way:
DON'T EVER MESS WITH YOUR DOMAIN WHO-IS CONTACT INFO IF YOU PLAN ON TRANSFERRING THE DOMAIN OUT WITHIN 60 DAYS !
[If you do then you are risking a likely 60-Day Domain Transfer Lock!]
Here are some articles related to this issue:
- GO DADDY POSTS WORKAROUND FOR 60-DAY LOCK: http://www.bigbeagle.com/domain-registrar/
- Registrars continue to violate the ICANN transfer policy: https://blog.tigertech.net/posts/transfer-policy-violations/
Background: (though it's actually an ICANN rule taken to extremes to the convenient advantage of GoDaddy)
NEW ISSUES WITH GODADDY - OMG!
One of my main .COM domains is up for renewal and expires on 11/06/2014. I went to renew this domain ON GoDaddy and they wanted $15+ (idiotic) for the renewal. I called them one last time to see if they might want to make a gesture to keep me on as a customer by reducing the renewal price one-time to $10 or lower (I've seen domain transfer prices as low as $5.99 today and I would be an idiot to pay $15+ for the exact same thing.) - no go. They wouldn't budge one-penny.
Anyways, now resolved to transfer my domain out from GoDaddy I went in to disable the privacy protection (as usual) so that there isn't any interference in my receiving the transfer related emails and that left me with incomplete/erroneous contact records in my who-is.
I went in and corrected the who-is and now I'm getting this cute little message "Transfer locked until 12/21/2014: Contact information change" This is an outright bad intent attempt by GoDaddy to try to force me to pay their $15+ renewal (WTF!)
The technical support person was useless but after spending half-an-hour on the phone of him saying that the transfer lock couldn't be removed then I demanded to speak with a supervisor. I was then told to send an email to a specific 'review' email address at GoDaddy and wait for them to verify my identity (did that - now waiting for a response) ARGH!
Anyways, these BS inflated prices and underhanded tactics by GoDaddy have lost me as a customer. Anyone else go through this crap?
It's starting to look like I'll have to pay the $15+ GoDaddy renewal because I got caught off guard by GoDaddy's decision to enforce the ICANN rule more strictly and rigid than most other registrars out there