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Microsoft - Xbox Live 3 Month Gold Membership

Model: XBOX 3MO SUBSCRIPTION 2015 $24SKU: 4249404

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 3365 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Have to have for Gold

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    Amiibro
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I purchased a 12 month Xbox Live Gold membership for the first time on Amazon a couple years ago and I love the convenience. I typically use the "Online Game Code" option which provides you with a code you enter on your Xbox or within your Xbox Live account. This allows me to make the purchase and basically instantly redeem the code on my Xbox Live account. It's great if you need to quickly start, reactivate or extend membership without waiting for a physical card to arrive in the mail or without needing to run to the store to buy one. I also like using these prepaid cards or codes to pay for Xbox Live over paying with a credit card or debit card. If you pay with a credit/debit card Microsoft typically automatically renews it when your subscription is up. As a single dad I may not always have the required funds where they need to be when that happens. I don't like surprises and the associated fees that come with them. ;) I prefer not having a credit card linked to my Xbox anyway because it helps prevent fraud and the kids can't "accidentally" purchase something. WHICH MEMBERSHIP LENGTH SHOULD YOU PURCHASE? Xbox Live membership pre-paid cards/codes are available in 3 month, 12 month or 24 month subscriptions. I typically buy the 12 month and I'll explain why in a minute. The 3 months option is good if you're on a tight budget or if you're not sure you'll like Xbox Live. I typically avoid the 3 month option because it costs you much more in the long run. If you pay for 12 months of Xbox Live using the 3 month option at $24.99 you'll pay $99.96 for a year of Xbox Live. For 3 cents more you could have purchased a two year subscription card! (Currently $99.99 That's crazy! I purchase the 12 month subscription because I know we'll want. . . no NEED . . . Xbox Live all year in our household. The 12 month card saves me money over a monthly Credit Card billed subscription or the 3 month options. In fact if you're patient, I know at least the 12 month memberships go on sale from time to time. I think I scored my first one on Amazon for $39.99 which is about $20 off the normal price. If you've got extra cash burning a hole in your pocket you can also pony up the dough for a 24 month Xbox Live Gold membership and take advantage of the discount it offers. I'm a bit too cheap and try to hold our household to too much of a budget to justify buying the $99.99 24 month subscription card/code. It does save about $20 vs. buying two 12 month cards but the $19.99 it currently saves me isn't enough to justify the expense. If your'e lucky enough to find these Xbox Live Gold membership cards/codes on sale you can always buy and redeem multiples. You can add them at any time and Microsoft allows you to stack them. I believe you can redeem up to 3 years worth of Xbox Live Gold membership credits on your account at any one time. Since many parents/grandparents/adults may be considering buying this as a gift they might have questions. The information below should be helpful in these cases. If you're not new to Xbox Live Gold, just skip the rest of this review! WHAT THE HECK IS XBOX LIVE GOLD?: To any parents, grandparents, adults and gamers that don't know what Xbox Live Gold is: it's basically an extra service that allows video game players to play with other players via the internet. Most of today's games are made to be enjoyed by playing them with and against other players online. The days where you sit on the couch and play with 1-2 other people are pretty much gone. The sad truth is to get the most of their video games, Xbox One and Xbox 360 gamers need Xbox Live Gold. Xbox Live also allows players to access other features like online video etc but the main focus and benefit is online multiplayer gaming. A word of caution: Parents, adults, guardians. PLEASE monitor what your kids are doing. Just like you shouldn't turn your impressionable child loose on the internet without any supervision or guidance, you shouldn't turn them loose on Xbox Live. People can chat and interact with each other via Xbox Multiplayer games, messages and more. Many games allow players to create their own emblems, logos etc. It should be no surprise that many people (adults and children) can't behave themselves. Online interactions on Xbox Live Gold are largely out of the control of Xbox and the game developers. There are rules governing the actions of players online, but for the most part things are on the honor system. Things ARE moderated to a certain extent but for the most part any disciplinary action is reactionary and comes long after violations of the Xbox Live terms of service. For example, if they receive enough complaints, Microsoft/Xbox will take action against anyone who is acting inappropriately. Unfortunately this action is typically taken long after your child has been exposed to language or images you didn't want them to be exposed to. Just know if your child plays online multiplayer games they WILL eventually hear adult language and sometimes worse. If you aren't comfortable with this do NOT let them use Xbox Live Gold. You can supervise your child, change settings to reduce risks slightly, but in the end you can't control what other players say or do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Gift Cards for Pick up can't be used as gifts

    Posted
    aes27
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    I placed an order on bestbuy.com for several items. Xbox gold membership gift cards were on sale, and for whatever reason they would not ship them with the remainder of the order, they had to be picked up at the store, which was a major inconvenience but the price was good. This was 2 hrs out of my way. When I got home I realized that the pick up sticker that they placed on the cards - every one of them, doesn't come off without destroying the card. It has my name all over it in bold print, I can't use these as gifts because the packaging is destroyed, I can't give them from santa because my name is all over the sticker. I called the 1800 number and was told my only option is to deal with the store direct - so another 2 hrs out of my time for this? I called the store direct but I can't reach a person just an auto attendant. Do people not understand that they are ruining gifts with these stickers? Please educate your help and tell me what my options are. I understand mistakes are made and everyone is very busy but why should I have to take another 2hrs of my time to rectify?

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Microsoft XBoX Disappoints

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    msjlanderson
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    I have always been so impressed with Microsoft up until my now 12-year-old son has received an Xbox one from me for this past Christmas. I signed him up for two trial memberships and they were unable to continue the memberships based on an expired card yet somehow when I purchased a three month subscription card from Best Buy the code was invalid yet Microsoft managed to still charge I have always been so impressed with Microsoft up until my now 12-year-old son has received an Xbox one from me for this past Christmas. I signed him up for to trial memberships and they were unable to continue the membership based on an expired card yet somehow when I purchased a three month subscription card from Best Buy the code was invalid yet Microsoft managed to still charge The card on file even though it had been replaced. Ironically I had purchased the same three month subscription from another store to weeks prior and my friends sons had the same issue with their code. This is not it all reflective up on Best Buy which gives great customer service but reflects very poorly upon Microsoft

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Online Service even Better on Sale

    Posted
    jediwife
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    I purchased these 3 month XBox Live cards which arguably aren't the cheapest way to enjoy the service if you anticipate on being a long term user of it. But when you are able to purchase these at 60% off retail on Black Friday it's really a no brainer. Stock up when on sale and enjoy online gaming for a great price. You are able to apply up to 3 years worth of subscription to your XBox live account so it's a good reason to stock up when they are cheap. At normal price I would recommend the 12 or 24 month cards instead as they are a better value normally. XBox Live provides loads of content and a great online game community so if you're a XBox Gamer this is a must.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Purchased with XBOX S

    Posted
    Pbetoolman
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    I got an email about "DEAL OF THE DAY". It was for an XBOX S. After I put it in my cart, the computer asked me if I wanted XBOX LIVE GOLD 3 month membership for $4.99. (Twenty dollars off). I put it in my cart as an add on. It came up $14.99 in my cart. I took a screen shot of the offer and mentioned it to "Randy" in a live chat after I purchased the XBOX. He was very rude. After the heated discussion, I thought he said he was going to give me the $10.00 credit. He did not. I have had to dispute the entire purchase of the XBOX thru Citibank. The dispute is in progress. I have not made anymore purchases thru Best Buy since then. I am awaiting the decision of the $10.00 credit. Very frustrating.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I like it

    Posted
    fhwzh134
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    This is a must have for any and all xbox players with games that have online multiplayer functionality. I have made friends from all over the United States via xbox live, and even some globally. If you're using this for small kids, I would definitely suggest you monitor who they're playing with, as there are lots of adults online who will use foul language. They can play online without the use of microphones if you are worried about this. Also, if you do let them use a mic, and this could very well apply to adults as well, make sure you are not breathing into the mic and everyone on the other end thinks you're going through a really bad windstorm. It's so annoying.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not Happy

    Posted
    Emily
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    I purchased an Xbox One bundle and this was included. The 3 month card was the main reason for purchasing this specific bundle. I did not load it right away because the Xbox came with 3 months of Xbox live for free. When I went to add this card it did not work. I’m assuming it was never activated. Too much trouble to go and argue with them about it. So I’m just out $25. Thanks. I rarely shop Best Buy as is and probably won’t again.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Saved $$$ XBox live gold!

    Posted
    Biblelinda173
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    Im so glad i got this deal on XBOX LIVE GOLD Subscription, access to network, at discounted price, got it for more than half off regularly price. Good saving for being able to get on xbox network, the only downside of this deal is " IT "SHOULD BE NO CHARGE" to get on the network, I feel we pay enough for consoles and games, controllers, and accessories as it is, and then HAVE-TO PAY TO PLAY!!. YA TINK?? I'll recommend to friends pnly because of the discounted price, if its still available, problems with Microsoft, not Best Buy!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Think about it

    Posted
    Jakiro
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    U have to buy the card if u want to play mmo or any online game. Remember that if u have any game with a ps4, u would have to start over on the Xbox. The platforms are totally different and do not cross. They are not compatible. They run on different servers.. This is back breaker for me cause i wanted another game system. However since i want my family to play along with me online i had to get another ps4 instead. Hope this helps in anyone's decisions and avoids the unnecessary downloading and account creating that goes along with it. Enjoy gaming!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Starter Purchase

    Posted
    mmunson
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    If you want to play multiplayer then you will need to buy a Xbox Live membership. When you buy a system you will likely get a discount to buy this and a system together where your starting cost to join live will not be that much. The 14 days of gold service given with the system will not give you games with gold, the rotating free games you can play if your gold subscription is active, that is one of the benefits that comes with Gold. Aside from multiplayer and games with gold there are discounts on games and downloadable content when it comes with Gold Xbox Live service.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great investment for the gamer

    Posted
    JonG
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    A Gold membership gives access to online multiplayer, which is great. Microsoft has spent a lot of time really building up their online services, so there's fewer problems with the online multiplayer for them. Aside from allowing online multiplayer, with the discounts and freebies that the Gold members get in the Xbox Live Marketplace, which are similar to the freebies and discounts that PS+ members get through PlayStation, even a card for a month of membership is pays for itself. The longer the membership you get, the higher the return on investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value for the price

    Posted
    thxpoet
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    Great value for the price and amount of time needed. Just need it til the end of the year and then i can get a full year afterwards. Have always been satisfied with the quality of the xbox live service. Just came back after a few years with the sony again. Had gotten a ps4 at launch and just traded it in for a xbox one. Had been wanting to play gears of war again and since that is a exclusive to them i made the switch back. Should never have left. Would recommend to anyone looking to do gaming online.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lot of Value for a Reasonable Price

    Posted
    JGouse0498
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    I've been away from console gaming for the past several years, so I was completely surprised to see what the XBOX LIVE experience had become in my absence. While the interface can be overwhelming at first, Microsoft has truly done a fantastic job with making a cohesive entertainment hub! And the perks (such as free games, special sales, etc) really sweeten the pot for paying the monthly and/or yearly fees. This service is just as good as Amazon Prime (for a comparison)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Online Play and Free Games!

    Posted
    SubZtx
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    Xbox Live is my favorite gaming platform. I have a PC, I have a PS4 Pro, but nothing is as simple as Xbox Live for a gaming community. Pull up your friends list and chat with the on Xbox or a PC with the Xbox app. Since you have TV running through your Xbox you see your friends pop online or take game requests quickly and easily. Also with Xbox Live you get a monthly selection of free games to download as long as your are a live member.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great to Test

    Posted
    Resqflyr
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    This is a good method to test if you will like online game play and if worth the money. To get the best experience, make sure you have a good internet connection. If you are IT savvy, give your console bandwidth priority through your wired or wireless router. We have a fiber connection and the game play is smooth. I understand fiber may not be available in all areas but a good and fast cable or dsl connection should suffice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great way to play Xbox w/ friends long distance

    Posted
    theschu69
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    I purchased four of these when they were on sale and it turned out to be the same cost as it would have been if I had bought a one year card. Good deal nonetheless. Great way to play with friends especially if you live far away from them. No more going to your friends house. Now you just meet in the party chat. Also, you can browse the Microsoft store and find deals only available to Xbox live gold members

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Viva La Live!!

    Posted
    Mehrmehr
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    I wouldn't say I have been much of a "fanboy" when it came to gaming, but I always gravitated more towards Nintendo or PlayStation. However, I do recall having a growing love for Microsoft over time (and never felt the sting of the RROD with 360 but had issues with my first Xbox One, but that's another story). In any case, I have been loving my XBox One S and the leap to 4K hasn't been regrettable, and with "Games with Gold" I haven't looked back since.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Price

    Posted
    JK123
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    Purchased a 3 month Xbox Live Gold membership and I love the convenience. I recommend getting the cheapest price possible. This allows me to make the purchase and basically instantly redeem the code on my Xbox Live account. It's great if you need to quickly start, reactivate or extend membership without waiting for a physical card to arrive in the mail or without needing to run to the store to buy one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works How It Should

    Posted
    GadgetGuy
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    I picked this up when it dropped it price recently. No issues or problems. Works exactly how it should. I don’t like how they know they can charge us a fee for online use but at least Xbox matches what PlayStation did and offers a couple free games. Sometimes the free games are not worth playing and sometimes they are. Either way, that plus the discount on games are nice touches.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    3 months for 25 bucks--it's alright

    Posted
    Ricecooka
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    Obviously a 12-month subscription is a better deal, so if you are planning on being an Xbox Live member for longer than 3 months definitely look elsewhere. That said, 90 days for 25 dollars isn't the worst offer. Sometimes these will go on sale for 20, but not often. But this is perfect if you see Microsoft's Games With Gold and you want to get some of their available to download games. Of course you need it for online play as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend