Microsoft wants you, Mr. Silver Xbox Live Member. They want you become a Mr. (or Mrs. to stay within politically correct boundaries) Gold Member, and are launching a promotion to lure you in.
The sneaky suits have come up with a plan: Let Silver users in the door for a meager $1 for the first month. After that, it autmoatically renews at the usual monthly price of $7.99. Isn’t this the same business model used by crack dealers and porn sites? Get them hooked and jack up the price?
No word on when the promo expires, although if you do choose to go Gold, note that at $7.99 a month, you’re nearly paying $100 for the year. The full years cards can usually be found on sale for $40 if you look around.