I also signed up yesterday (2/10/2013) with the intent to move six of my domains from 1&1 to DreamHost. I successfully initiated the domain transfer process from DreamHost to bring over piscatawaycitizens.org from 1&1. I received the email to confirm the transfer, which I did. At this point, what should have happened is that DreamHost would have sent an email to 1&1 to release the domain. DreamHost's conformation page kind of implied that this message was sent. I called 1&1 to expedite the release process. They are claiming that they have not received any email. Frustrating part is that at this time, the whole process (which took less than two hours between 1&1 and GoDaddy to move more than half a dozen domains) is in limbo. DreamHost folks have not responded to my older email, so I did not bother to ask them about this delay. Most likely they will say the process takes up to 5 days.
By the way, my previous email to DreamHost was why do they ask for my credit card# for each transfer, they already my credit card on file.
I have not even become their official customer yet, and I am ready to leave already. Unfortunately, I may have to wait until 5 days to make sure that my domain does not go into oblivion.