I decided to take up the offer on the dashboard seeing as I have some money just sitting in my paypal. The problem here is that after the purchase, I'm still listed as an Xbox LIVE Free member, not Gold.
However, under Account Management>Your Memberships, it is listed as Xbox LIVE Gold. Here on the site it lists me as a Gold Member also and I'm able to send messages as well. On LIVE I'm still unable to start/join parties, download demos, go into matchmaking, etc. I signed in and out multiple times but to no avail. Is there a certain period of time until it becomes active?
What went wrong here?