When you first read about Godaddy dropping the 60 day lock you were probably like me. You thought that now you could buy a domain and wouldn’t have to wait to transfer it to another registrar. In actuality, the 60 day lock that can be waived is not the ICANN transfer lock but the self imposed lock that Godaddy puts on.
If you change any contact info at all, Godaddy will lock the domain for an additional 60 days to protect against theft. It keeps people from stealing, then changing the email to their own and then pushing the domain to another account within the registrar(which isn’t locked). It really makes things safer but occasionally can cause a problem like the one I had yesterday.
I bought a name in a private transaction and had it transferred over. I changed the nameservers but forgot one important thing, to change the contact info. It’s something I never noticed until I sold the name. I went in to unlock and get the authorization code but oops…wrong contact info. If I go in and change the email then in the past it would locked for 60 days and I would be screwed. With Godaddy’s new system it can be unlocked.
My account rep Brett was nice enough to let me know the process was simple. All I had to do was email email@example.com and tell them the problem and the would most likely take care of it. 24 hours later I received an email saying go ahead and change the contact and then let them know. I changed it, emailed them, and it looks like there is no lock on the domain. So I sent out the code and we’re going to try and transfer out the name. A pretty painless procedure that should only cost me a day.
It’s nice to see a system that works when necessary. I screwed up and they were accommodating. A big hat tip to Godaddy.