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1&1 Internet Sucks!!!

Posted by Chris DeMarco on Wednesday, April 16th, 2008 at 9:50 am

Even if your life depended on it, I hope you are smart enough that you would still not resort to using 1&1 Internet – partly because their service is of insanely poor quality, also because they have no consumer relations department, and lastly because their tech support team doesn’t even know how their own service works.

You might recall how, several months ago, some of my sites went down for quite some time when I changed their domains. This was due to 1&1 Internet failing miserably at providing their services. Not only were there several problems in the process, but it also conveniently takes 1&1 an eternity and a half to change DNS addresses, sometimes taking almost a week before my domains were finally functional again.

I also had tons of problems trying to get my email functioning with a third-party service. While trying to figure out how to set this up, I ended up calling 1&1 tech support. Of course, they had no idea what they were talking about when they attempted to advise me on what to do. It was obvious to me that the service representatives I spoke with had little understanding of how domains and DNS work.

Lastly, I received an invoice from 1&1 via email a few days ago. I observed that I was being charged for renewal of a domain which I had cancelled several months ago. Not to mention, when I tried to do this, I had to hunt for quite some time to locate the cancellation site. So, like any other upset customer, I called to speak with the billing department. And, like any other upset customer would, I became angry when the representative refused to help me and attempted to blame me for the situation.

She claimed that I did not click a confirmation link sent to me in an email after I cancelled the domain. Furthermore, she refused to help me over the phone and said that I had to go back to the well-hidden cancellation site and repeat the process I had already done several months ago.

I called because I wanted two things. I wanted the domain cancelled, and the amount I was being charged for this domain refunded. Since neither were accomplished, I called back, this time looking for a consumer relations specialist. I discovered instead that 1&1 does not have a consumer relations department.

So, based on all this, I would never go with 1&1 Internet for any more services again, and hope you would not either. If you’re considering using 1&1, stop and rethink…it could be the worst decision you could make.

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10 Responses to “1&1 Internet Sucks!!!”

  1. Richard McLaughlin Says:

    I was stupid enough to get my family name with the .fr from 1&1. Later found out that my pages were numbered, 1 to 100000000000000 if I wanted, but no names in france, just numbers. simple for them but tell someone to go to my site and hit page 345654323456.html and they will assume you have an odd sense of humor, or are just an idiot

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  3. Kelli J. Jack Says:

    1 & 1 Internet is a horrible company, but some recourse is possible! Not only am I a very disgruntled customer after they lied to me repeatedly after reselling a name I had registered and paid for with them, but I am an investigative journalist. In the last 8 months, I have written more than 30 articles, interviewed more than 200 people who have been blatantly wronged by 1 & 1 Internet, talked to several consumer groups and interested attorneys, and worked with over 60 radio and TV stations on this story. Everyone has been very interested, and the investigation continues. If you have had an issue with the company, you can do the following make a difference, and get your justice:

    1.) File a complaint with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office at, or call the investigator Madelaine Dakour directly at (215) 560-6790. They have already received a large number of complaints, and have escalated the investigation, so make sure and contact them.
    2.) File a complaint with the Better Business Bureau where they already have a completely Unsatisfactory rating by going to
    3.) File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at
    4.) File a complaint with your state consumer advocacy group through the Attorney General’s office or Secretary of State’s office. Indiana’s is
    5.) Explore your state’s legislative code and find out where they stand on mandatory arbitration clauses. The Federal Arbitration Act has been shot down by state courts if they find the 1 & 1 contract to be “unconscionable� and without “mutuality� as they offer nothing for the consumer. More and more courts are ruling in favor of consumers, especially with terms and conditions that allow for illegal activity. Breach of contract, fair trade laws, fraud, and consumer laws are the tip of the legal iceberg for 1 & 1.
    6.) I’m working with station affiliates of each of the major TV networks, and you can help by contacting your local station through the main sites at,,, and Contact the investigative reporter, or simply send a news tip to the newsroom and they will follow up. Chances are, they are already aware of the major problems with the company.
    7.) Keep meticulous records!

    My lawsuit is pending, and I’ve been inundated with law firms wanting to take on the abysmal business practices, or lack thereof, with 1 & 1. The blatant disregard for the consumers has gotten the attention of the legal community, media, and consumers all across the country and by banding together, we can get some justice. You do not have to succumb to their tactics!

    Best wishes,
    Kelli J. Jack
    Lines, Inc. Media
    8425 Woodfield Crossing Blvd.
    Suite #100
    Indianapolis, IN 46240
    (317) 469-7529

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  5. b.lee Says:

    I personally had, and am having a horrific time with 1&1 Internet. I got charged for service, yet never received any. Infact, they mess-up my Outlook so bad, I could not recover my contact data. I told them about it, they inturn gave me credit…only to charge me again way after I terminated my one month old account that Never worked. They kept trying to debit my checking account. No calls to them ever worked. They are rude and unprofessional. Different people get your email and no one ever seems to know what the other is doing. I had to pay $$ to get my bank to block the auto debit. I had to take time to type a hefty chronical letter as to why I needed the bank to do this….now they are taking me to collections, for $18.95 for a month of service which I did not receive. If I pay it, they take my account to continue to bill automatically…I’m hopeing with the information Kelli J. Jack has collected I can join in a Class Action Suit against this outfit!

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  7. Garan Says:

    Believe me when I tell you, in my opinion 1&1 is the absolute worst domain-hosting and registrar service in the WORLD. In my opinion they will lie to you, steal from you and keep stealing from you, over and and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again until you are sick and tired of their thievery and then they will keep on stealing from you. Their email is a joke, their systems are old and useless, designed to get you the opposite of efficiency – designed to waste your time and money – set up to trick you. BBB lists them as UNSATISFACTORY. Check out RUN from 1&1. I recommend that no one ever uses them! Piss poor excuse for a company. Zero credibility. Zero.

  8. markez linda Says:

    Nice post. Thanks for sharing these tips.

  9. Chris Jones Says:

    I’m having the unfortunate 24-hour dns change experience right now and found your site as a result. I’ve dealt with many registrars over the years and have never seen anything like this before – and to think I nearly bought some hosting from them as well! I just hope that they don’t make it difficult to move my domain away from them when it’s up for renewal as I won’t go anywhere near 1&1 again.

  10. Chris Says:

    I am sorry that you all have issues with 1and1. My experience has been so different. Hundreds of sites for clients and myself, shared and managed accounts…over the last 5 years. Best host (other than my own server) that I have used and I make my living keeping small business clients happy. Like all hosts – they have quirks, but I do not mind having to fax signatures for certain changes. I don’t get domains from any hosting company – that’s just a bad idea – they all are difficult to deal with on that point. I have had nightmare hosts so I feel your pain. I am so happy that I found 1and1 – for me (and my clients) – they have been wonderful.

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