Hereâ€™s something that would have been very useful to those of us who were *gulp* fraudulently using Xbox Live for years before it finally launched in South Africa; Microsoft has reinstated the ability to turn off Xbox Live membership auto-renewals via Xbox.com.
When you sign up for an Xbox Live Gold Membership using a credit card, the system automatically enlists you for automatic renewal â€“ so if youâ€™ve signed up for a year, a year later youâ€™ll automatically be signed up for another year. Itâ€™s great for convenience, but it caused a huge headache a few years ago when it was found that South African gamers credit card details didnâ€™t quite match the faux UK or US addresses they used to subscribe. This lead to the auto-renewals failing, and the gamertags involved subsequently being banned or put in to limbo for non payment.
Back then, the only way to turn off auto-renewal or remove credit card details was to phone Microsoftâ€™s support and convince them that you had valid reasons for cancelling. Now though? You can do it right from Xbox.com â€“ but only if youâ€™re a UK XBox live subscriber. To do so, just access your Accounts section on Xbox.com and follow the on-screen process. Those of you still accessing UK accounts from South Africa? Itâ€™s best to keep using subscription and points voucher from places like www.evopoints.co.za and keeping your credit card details far away from Live.
I know a handful of people who lost their gamertags in the past. Were any of you unlucky enough to have lost yours?
Source : Gamerzines