Posted by sean on May 19, 2008 at 10:59 am in Video Games with No Comments

I found this e-mail in my inbox this morning

This mail is confirmation that you have successfully renewed your subscription to Xbox Live 12 mo. Gold Membership. This renewal goes into effect on 19 May 2008. Here is a description of the service:
Xbox Live 12 mo. Gold Membership
If you have any questions, please go to or call Xbox Customer Support at 0800 587 1102.
Thank you for using Microsoft Online Services.
The Xbox Live team.

Having not used my Xbox Live account in over 3 months, and now a proud owner of a PlayStation 3, I wasn’t too keen in forking out £40 for a new 12 month membership for a service I won’t be using.

I rang Microsoft to speak to the big boss man. Unfortunately Bill was out the office, so I had to make do with his secretary. After much messing about with security questions, bank account details and discussing the weather (no, really); I eventually managed to get my subscription cancelled.

After all that, I don’t think they can take payment from my bank account anyway. My debit card expired last month and Micro$oft still have the old details. The lady I spoke insisted both cards were linked. Unless Mr. Gates has secret powers to access my bank account through the back door (which shouldn’t be ruled out – after all, it is Bill Gates), then they’re cut off at the source anyway. Suckers.

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