With the recent comparison of the Australian XboxLIVE service to that of the American one, DarkArmada elaborates on the value of XboxLIVE's different payment methods.
DarkArmada writes: "In the first part of this look at Xbox LIVE in Australia, we had a look at what we Aussies are actually paying for. In comparison to what our Yankee friends from up North get for a lot less money than we pay, we see less features. And although yes this seems somewhat unfair, even taking all that into consideration, I still feel that Xbox LIVE is worth my $80 per year.
But a key feature in the marketing of Xbox LIVE has been in the flexibility of payment, the ability to have your account auto-renew every year or be renewed via a subscription purchased in a retail store. Since day dot I've had my account set to auto-renew and every year, $80 is taken out of my credit card to refill that 12 month size cup of goodness, but lately I've changed my ways…"