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Microsoft Offering Xbox Live From £1 Per Month!

Microsoft has not yet closed the loophole that allows Xbox Live users to sign up or extend their current Xbox Live Gold subscription for as little as £1 per month, which is roughly a third of what you'd be expected to pay from the likes of Amazon or Dixons and a sixth of the suggested retail price.

The deal is currently still available here (opens in new tab) and is valid until the 27th of June; the promotion page clearly stipulates "After the promotional 1 month, your membership will automatically renew to a one month membership at the then-current price unless you change your renewal or cancel before your membership ends."

But many Xbox 360 users are reporting that Microsoft has not solved that glitch yet; some have even managed to extend their Xbox Live Gold subscription to June 2014, 36 months in a row, the maximum pre-paid period Microsoft currently allows.

The process is deceptively simple; users only have to click the "I'm ready to go gold" button using this link (opens in new tab) and repeat it for as long as they wish.

Some suspect that Microsoft is quietly trying to get more people to talk about and subscribe to Xbox Live virally without being seen as massively undercutting its own resellers; which would explain why the company hasn't closed that loophole yet.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.