I want to know if my registrar could have done what I expected, and if they could still fix the mistake. See QUESTIONS below.
I intentionally deleted a domain name with my host/registar, because I wanted to re-start the site someplace with better services. (They claimed to offer a "Change of provider" option when cancelling, but it actually didn't exist as advertised.) The cancellation form told me it would be immediately available for registration by other parties when deleted.
Now, a few days after the listed date of cancellation, I got a reply from support explaining the reason the domain is not available is because it has entered a redemption period.
- Could the host/registrar have immediately deleted the domain as I expected?
- Can the host/registrar 'finalize' the deletion now to release it?
- Can they authorize a transfer at this point?
Side note: I think 1and1.com is a registrar, right? So they failed to meet registrar requirements I found when researching redemption. "188.8.131.52 If Registrar operates a website for domain name registration or renewal, details of Registrar's deletion and auto-renewal policies must be clearly displayed on the website." I think the errors in the page I linked show this was not done. I suppose this might give me some leverage with support.