I just pre-ordered domain names with this new portal at 1and1. Below is the message received. At least, it is clear and there is no misunderstanding in the message. I printed in red a few things to pay attention to. I processed like this with a few other Registrars offering pre-registrations.
Pretty much familiar with how certain Internet service providers behave during a LandRush Period, it will be interesting to track which of them forwards these pre-registered domain names to auction once they have been grabbed by them.
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Mr Jean Guillon,
Thank you for pre-ordering the following domains on a free and non-binding basis:
As soon as the relevant registries publish their terms and conditions, we will inform you and offer you the chance to confirm the purchase of your pre-ordered domains.
You are now in an excellent starting position in the race for the best "new" domains, with no obligations or risks involved.
You can view your domain portfolio at:
However, we cannot guarantee at this stage that your pre-ordered domains will actually be registered by the registry.
Your 1&1 Internet Team