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I figured this would be of interest to enough people to warrant it's own thread, so folks catch it.
Logged onto Xbox.com this morning and went to accounts to check my download history for the month.
Noticed that the layout has changed a little, and that the option to untick 'Auto-renewal' by my Xbox Live subscription had returned - it was disabled a while back.
I'm sure this had annoyed people - only way to cancel was to phone MS, and I'd heard some people had some real grief trying to do this.
There is a slight caveat however, when I clicked the ticked box to disable auto-renewal, there was the usual page extolling the virtues of Xbox Live and also a little blurb saying if I top-up my Live subscription using a pre-paid card before Live Gold expires (next year) Auto-Renewal will reactivate itself!
I'd taken advantage of a big discount (40%) when I signed up for Auto-Renewal, knowing full well it may be tricky to 'kill' once activated. Previously I'd used a combination of pre-paid cards and various offers (I'd actually used Live for free for a couple of years due to various bundled peripheral deals and some sneaky trading on a warranty-replaced RROD'd 360 or two). I'll happily continue paying for the service since I get so much use out of it but either through another deal on the Dash / Marketplace or through discounted pre-paid cards. Auto-Renewal on your credit card and paying full price is a bit daft, really glad the option to turn it off has returned.
Might not stay there forever though!
Also worth noting I'm a Euro (UK) user, no idea if this option will be available for all territories.
Would be awesome if this doesn't turn into a "fneeer paying for online, how stupid" thread, thanks.