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Topic # 160524 9-Jan-2015 19:29
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There is a domain I am wanting to get at some stage soon, which is currently registered through "Vodafone New Zealand Limited (Clear)".

The domain will be coming up for renewal in the next few weeks, and if the person doesn't decide to renew, I am wondering how long it will take for Vodafone to release for anyone else to register it? and what the process would be?

Do they have an auction partner, where they auction the domain off after say 30 days of not being renewed? does the domain just get released back into the wild, where it can be registered from any registrar I choose? 

How does this all work! 






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  Reply # 1211380 9-Jan-2015 19:53
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Go to the DNC website as it has all the answers you need. All somatic providers must follow the same rules for that sort of thing.

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  Reply # 1211468 9-Jan-2015 23:51
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As above, the DNC website has all of the information on this, specifically sections 18-20 of this:

http://dnc.org.nz/content/rmc.html

In your scenario, if the current registrant doesn't renew their domain it's state will change to "Pending Release" which effectively takes the domain offline. It will remain in this state for 90 days unless the registrant renews the domain. After 90 days, if the registrant doesn't renew the domain, then it is released back into the wild where anyone can register it.



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  Reply # 1211691 10-Jan-2015 19:21
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Thanks for the replies - good info to know.
I noticed that the domain has now been registered again, but for only 1 month. Given it's not usually possible to register a domain for a month, would this be the registrar extending it for the owner as a sort of a grace period? 

Seems kind of weird that it's only for 30 days, and the domain is still classed as "Active" 





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  Reply # 1211694 10-Jan-2015 19:35
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My ISP is registrar for my personal nz domain name, and it renews every 30 days so this seems not seem abnormal

My domain goes back to 1996 paradise.net -> Telstra -> Vodafone



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  Reply # 1211699 10-Jan-2015 19:40
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nathan: My ISP is registrar for my personal nz domain name, and it renews every 30 days so this seems not seem abnormal

My domain goes back to 1996 paradise.net -> Telstra -> Vodafone


that is weird. Must be an ISP thing - every other domain host I've ever used has been a one year min. term.

I guess what's weird here for me (read, hopeful thinking) is that the domain was previously registered for 1 year (for the last couple of years at least), whereas now it's registered for only a month, just got me thinking whether it might be a registrar grace period.

I guess I'll need to add it to a watch list... I'd kick myself if it was just a grace period and I missed out on it! haha.




EDIT: also worth mentioning, Vodafone's domain registration page only allows the option, or mentions rather, paying annually. http://www.vodafone.co.nz/broadband/domains-and-hosting/ 





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  Reply # 1211710 10-Jan-2015 19:46
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IIRC there is an expired domain service in NZ that will email you expired domains come uo

Cant recall url.

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  Reply # 1213233 13-Jan-2015 15:02
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All .nz registrars can register and renew .nz names on a monthly basis but few make that option available to their customers.



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  Reply # 1214924 14-Jan-2015 16:01
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Good to know- thanks guys! 





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