Pool announced on the 20th of December that it is shutting down many of it's registrars effective January 10, 2013. Pool's move to shut down registrars left thousands of domains in limbo.
Today Pool send an email with the subject "Updated notice regarding Pool.com Drop Registrars". Pool announced that all the affected domains will be moved to the registrar Names Beyond after an ICANN decision. Anyone with a domain in Pool's old registrars will receive new credentials from Names Beyond within the next 24 hours.
I will try and transfer the domains without waiting for these credentials. I haven't tried my solution to the Pool problem yet but I heard reports that it works.
Here is the complete Pool email:
On December 20, 2012, I contacted you about Pool.com shutting down a number of our registrars, effective January 10, 2013. ICANN has determined that any orphaned domains would be transferred to a single registrar – NamesBeyond. We are sending your relevant domain data to NamesBeyond to facilitate the transfer, and they should be contacting you shortly with your new account credentials.
Keep in mind that you may still have names at Namescout.com that were acquired by Pool.com, as we have not closed all of our registrars. You can identify which names were moved to NamesBeyond by logging into Namescout.com and going to the Domain Manager, where they have been marked with the special status of “Requires Attention”.
You can continue to manage these domains at Namescout.com by activating an expedited transfer, which we are still offering at the steeply discounted rates of $9.50 for .COM, .NET, and .ORG; $7.85 for .NET; and $15.00 for .MOBI. We’ve streamlined the transfer process specifically for these domains to make it as effortless as possible to continue managing them at Namescout.com.
Otherwise, you should be receiving your new credentials from NamesBeyond in the next 24 hours. If you do not, or if you have other questions, do not hesitate to contact us. NamesBeyond has provided an informational landing page, as well as access to customer service at:
+ 1 877 321 1356 (Toll Free)
+ 1 817 564 2994
+ 1 215 750 2660
Pool.com and Namescout.com remain committed to ensuring smooth, orderly and uninterrupted operation of your domains. If you have any additional questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.