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Best way to join is through Amazon,
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This review is from: Xbox LIVE Gold 12-Month Membership Card (Xbox One/360) (Accessory)
There are a large number of reviews out there of XBox Live Gold written by serious and dedicated gamers of which I am most certainly not one. However, Microsoft are clearly trying to expand the capabilities of the XBox beyond that of the gaming community as the recent changes to the XBox dashboard have shown and which will, I suspect, be greatly enhanced by the forthcoming Dashboard upgrade due in late November 2011. Already we see social networking apps on XBox Live which require Gold membership, the recent Microsoft acquisition Skype is expected to be added as is a Live TV option and more. All this makes the Gold membership rather more enticing to non gamers.
The price for membership whilst not cheap and certainly not as inexpensive as the free alternative offered by rival consoles is not too costly but to buy it online from the XBox website or directly from the XBox itself requires the use, albeit indirectly, of your credit/debit card.
There have been recent and well publicised failures of Microsoft's XBox users security and I for one am reluctant to entrust them with my security details. However, buying from Amazon means that only Amazon have by payment info and armed with the membership redemption number I can then sign up to XBox Live Gold. It other advantage is that Microsoft cannot sneak an auto payment renew option past you.
XBox Live Gold is an increasingly useful purchase but get here through Amazon rather than from Microsoft.
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Initial post: 19 Dec 2011 20:51:41 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Dec 2011 20:52:51 GMT
Mrs. M. Kehoe says:
Excellent points, and speaking as a former Xbox Live Gold Membership customer (who paid by credit card) I can say that Xbox Live did sneak an auto-renew on me, long after I had stopped using it, but before I remembered to cancel.
Therefore as is mentioned above, this is the best option as if you really want to renew, you'll get it again on Amazon - and only Amazon have your details, who have a long history of customer security.
Posted on 30 Jun 2012 12:23:58 BDT
Damn right, I got caught out by that auto payment renew service a couple of times.
Posted on 7 Oct 2012 12:09:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Oct 2012 12:11:15 BDT
J. Spencer says:
I completely agree the auto renew on the xbox is just plain wrong, I am all for buying these top up cards, weighing up xbox against playstations so called free membership is a falsehood though, as playstation games are dearer in the first instance which easily costs more then 12mths gold on xbox in the overall. Playstation customer service were impossible to get through to when there were issues and the number of online players is seriously lacking for the reasons I have already stated in comparison to Xbox. Sold the playstation and will bite the bullet on buying the gold. Well worth it in the end.
Posted on 11 Oct 2012 11:45:40 BDT
Mr. M. J. P. Pengelly says:
Amazon is approx £10 cheaper too...
Posted on 27 Oct 2012 09:38:17 BDT
D. Rice says:
Why the 3 star rating?
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2012 13:55:30 GMT
Gordon Roper says:
how are ps3 games more expensive ? wat do u mean theres a lack of players ? yes customer service could be better but everything on ps3 is cover ur ears 360 fans its all free yes even sufing the net i cant belive u need to pay 30 to 40 quid to surf neti aready pay bt so i can do that.
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