In my humble opinion…1&1 is very ugly company…It is very important if you purchase a domain name from this company that you read volumes and volumes of their terms and conditions as they have time sensitive legal ease which if you do not do things within certain time periods ….they enforce their rules. I wouldn’t have minded this if I was told or even knew where to look.. One issue is you may not transfer out during a certain time period as it gets closer to your renewal date…they hide the ball and you can’t figure out how to place your domain name on manual vs. auto renew…so they fang you for the new renewal fee if you just wanted to let your name expire.
Too, if you do not pay they report it to the credit agencies….they are notorious for this.. So be really careful. Also, there online support sucks they hire from foreign countries and you will have great difficulty understanding them. I went around in circles with them and finally prevailed…but still it was bad service…their website is not user friendly at all….they are hooked up with Sedo so go figure…I would not recommend them.