I don't recall.
I'm just reading through various people's posts that I've found via google search. I'm sure since you have a much more vested in interest in this that you'll do a much better job of reading the posts more closely and be able to figure out some workable strategies when speaking to their support department.
BTW, it doesn't sound reasonable to me that they would want to force you to pay for a renewal fee when you want to transfer the domain out. After all, isn't the whole point of transferring out that you don't want to renew your domain with them? It sounds like extortion to me.
I do remember that various posts have said that their motivation with the new junk fees is to discourage people from transferring and that there's otherwise no real reason for the fee. Do you feel that other people are taking advantage of some offer or incentive and making them lose money on registration? Did you actually have to put money out for this domain registration originally?
BTW, don't forget that people have said that the fees were supposed to be for transferring a .uk domain and that a .org or a .com are supposed to be transferrable for free.
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