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I've heard NetSol won't let a domain be registered by a new person for quite a while after the original registration expires, but will they let a name be re-registered by the original owner through a new registrar?
You need to request the transfer atleast 30-45 days before it is set to expire. NS can set on the transfer for up to 3-4 weeks and then bill you for a full year if you run over the expire date even 1 day.
I'm in a billing fight with them on 40 domains where transfer was requested 3 weeks ahead of the expire date. They didn't release the transfers until the day they expired. Now they want to charge me a whole year for those domains.
We have been transferring domains from NetSol
with great success even 45 days PAST domain expiration date!!!!
We just did that with datamicroimaging.com which is a domain of our client that expired in January 2001 in Network Solutions.
Based on our experience, Network Solutions is very efficient in approving transfers to our registry.
You simply hit TRANSFER DOMAIN button on our site, complete the form - MAKE SURE THAT ADMIN EMAIL ADDRESS IN NETWORK SOLUTIONS domain record is a current and valid one - THE SYSTEM EMAILS VERIFICATION OF THE TRANSFER REQUEST TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS - then you approve the transfer and Network Solution receives our authenticated transfer request and generally releases the domain name in about 2-3 business days.
There will always be exceptions:
Network Solutions will block the transfer if the domain is more than 45 days past it's expiry date - sometimes less - sometimes more...
Network Solutions will block the transfer if the domain is on hold because of ownership dispute.
Transfer will renew the domain name for additional year at $15
However, why not just shop around for the cheapest domain registration you can find after you renew with the current registrar? Your site host and domain registrar don't have to be the same person. The domain registrar just has to set your domain's DNS settings to your host's nameservers.
I've got nothing but good things to say about GoDaddy... they're cheap, and seem very efficient and reliable.
The next day, I received a email from NSI stating (paraphrased), "We are making it easier for you to receive your billing statements by allowing you to change your billing address......log in to change your billing address, if necessary......if all the information is correct, do nothing.... Do not hit reply to this message....". All my info was correct and up to date, so I did nothing.
Yesterday, I receive a notice from the company trying to do the transfer, stating that the transfer failed because, "domain contacts did not respond to veri". That's not a typo, that was the extent of the message.
Now, either NSI didn't send me the verification email, or that *was* the verification email, and it was misleading.
I've emailed the company that was trying to do the transfer to see if they can help out. If not, I'll try the transfer again, and, if NSI sends that "Do nothing if your email is correct" message, I'll go back in and tweak my addresses.
It's making me nervous because of of the negative stories I've heard about NSI.
I called NS, who said they never received the transfer notice from my new registrar. The NS person was very nice, and seemed in disbelief that the new registrar would charge me anything for the transfer. I guess I assumed that everyone knew new registrars charge you for the 1 year renewal when you transfer.
I contacted my new registrar who said they'd look into it. It took a few weeks, but the new registrar came back and said, "try it again, we credited your account the amount we charged you for the initial transfer". I did, and the whole thing went through within a couple of days. Now, I'm a relieved, happy camper.
He said he was shocked that Network Solutions would be so underhanded, being the "big guys" and all. I reminded him of the long list of major corporations he hated for various underhanded activities, and reminded him that the internet is not an alternate universe, merely a quirky extension of the real world.
Glad to hear most people are having only minimal problems "moving on" after their relations with NetSol. :)