I was planning to go ahead to give it a try for a year until I saw the nasty things it was doing to anyone purchasing from Ireland:
I went to the Technet Plus website and when I went to the sign up page, it showed the price Â£234 in Sterling, so I figured a 25% discount would be nice. It accepted the above promotion code and showed the price of around Â£175.50 and mentioned that VAT is not included. Well, I kind of figured the price was going to be without VAT with it being targetted at businesses, so I signed in. Ok so far.
When I went to fill in my details, I ran into my first problem - the country field said “United Kingdom” and was greyed out! Since this is an online-only distribution offer, I decided to fill out what I could and continue, but on the Billing page, I ran into another issue. The country field was also greyed out (saying United Kingdom) and the phone number had to start with +44. As it mentions the phone number and address must match exactly as the credit card, I decided not to chance it.
Finally, I decided to try changing the country from the upper right drop-down field and was taken to Microsoft Ireland’s homepage. As I couldn’t find any mention of Technet plus on it, I tried a Google lookup and found the Irish Technet Plus website and went back into the “Buy” link.
Surprise suprise! Microsoft charges â‚¬373.64+VAT for Irish subscribers, which works out at Â£349.20+VAT at current exchange. With the 25% discount and VAT added, this works out at Â£105 more expensive than their UK price, which is also more expensive than the UK price without the promotion!