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Xbox Live Diamond now requires membership fee

If you're familiar with the Xbox Live Diamond Card program, then you know that membership in it entitles you to all kinds of deals from a bunch of online retailers as well as retailers in your neighborhood. Some offers are rather good while others are worthless, but membership into the Diamond program has been free since its launch, so we've never complained. That is until now.

Starting in March, Microsoft's program partner Passport Unlimited will be taking complete control over the Diamond program and will begin charging an annual fee. $6.95 a year to be exact. Registration is closed until the transfer is complete and current members will keep their membership free of charge until their 2008 expiration date when Passport Unlimited will require payment to renew. Honestly, the program isn't super useful and we don't see many people forking over $7 to keep access to a free Taco Johns softshell taco coupon. Then again, those tacos are mighty tasty.

[Via Gamertag Radio]

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1-08-2008 @ 2:00PM

sam said...

the 10% off target purchases and 3$ off movie tickets will pay for itself in one use. Not to mention the 15$ off a 75$ purchase from Ace Hardware..

It's really not bad guys.


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1-08-2008 @ 2:06PM

Amber said...

I had one because I thought it would be cool to have my username on a card. Then they took 6 months to mail it out and by then I'd changed my username. Pretty lame.


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David W.43

1-08-2008 @ 2:39PM

David W. said...

Isn't this supposed to be one of the perks of being a Live member?...

I'm disappointed Microsoft :(

and like all the others, I've never used my card. I should use it at Target since I shop there all the time, but I always forget.


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Neon Jebus44

1-08-2008 @ 4:17PM

Neon Jebus said...

But do you shop all the time? It's only good online.

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1-08-2008 @ 3:15PM

ShadowGod said...

I signed up for this when it first came out, I never got anything.


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1-08-2008 @ 3:24PM

ShowStopper said...

Sounds like Microsoft is starting to show their true colors they must really think they have the console race in the bag.It must suck to be a Silver member,I bet soon they'll bottleneck dvd playback again so you can buy a new remote (if you don't already have one),amerpics and theme prices are going up next week.


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1-08-2008 @ 3:27PM

Adorada said...

Yeah, I basically got mine for the "cool" factor and I still love mine (only for it's looks, nothing else). Though, I do use my Hollywood Video R1G1 Free coupon which is literally 2 mins away from my college that I go to. Other than that, it is SO useless. I won't be renewing mine when its up in November (luckily signed up recently so mine is still good for a long time), unless it gets MAJOR revisions. GG Microsoft....


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1-08-2008 @ 3:53PM

RudyHuxtable said...

Seriously? I bet they want to charge for it so they can use the extra revenue to fix Xbox Live. Which, by the way, is still broken.


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1-08-2008 @ 4:12PM

Peff said...

used it once for movie gallery, but i like having a card with my gamertag on it. makes me feel fuzzy


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1-08-2008 @ 4:17PM

kyosh1ro said...

Wow, something I applied for 7 months ago and never came is now going to cost money. How long did it take you guys to get your cards? For me at least, this is the death of an already broken service.


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1-08-2008 @ 4:23PM

Rhyme said...

I saw this two days ago on Crazy there making us pay for something that really had few to no benefits.


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1-08-2008 @ 4:55PM

Josh said...

i've used the card a few times... but why would i pay for coupons? this is stupid. bad move, msoft...


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1-08-2008 @ 5:31PM

jake18oly said...

In the year that I have had this card i have only used it once. Looks like I won't be renewing my subscription this year.


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Mr BoomStick XL54

1-08-2008 @ 5:33PM

Mr BoomStick XL said...

Well considering that I have had the card for almost a year and a half and NEVER used it I will not be spending 6.95 a year for something that is useless!!!


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1-08-2008 @ 7:27PM

[email protected] said...

i have been signed up with xbl diamond for well over a year and half good thing i jumped early, now i dont have to pay...for now....


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1-08-2008 @ 7:55PM

Josh said...

probaly like everyone else i just got it because it sounded cool haha....


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1-09-2008 @ 10:31AM

drgoon76 said...

I think my is...... lost it not long after I had it. Don't care about it. Buh-bye


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1-09-2008 @ 1:07PM

corbin said...

Well i used it got $35 off a Sony Alpha 100 digital camera from, which is a $600-800 camera depending on where you buy it. It brought the price down to the same as a lot of those sketchy scammer sites, but with better reliability. Would have already paid for itself. Also the R1G1 at Movie Gallery got used a time or two.


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1-09-2008 @ 4:33PM

Suprawes said...

Ahh, but rent one get one free at Hollywood video is so worth it!


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Jake Zatecky60

1-19-2008 @ 10:32PM

Jake Zatecky said...

I don't use Target. I get a 10% discount on Walmart regardless if they charge for a card that I never used.


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