Originally Posted by Pearson
Right now, the Elite Service is down and you can't redeem the code. It's really annoying because they only give you till the 13th to get the "Founders" status.
Did you not read the post?
If you bought the Hardened Edition, the code on Founder card cannot be used until after the 13th. That's because everyone that buys Elite, or redeems the 1 year subscription through the Xbox Marketplace before the 13th will automatically become a founder, regardless of whether they have the Hardened Edition or not. The card is there in case you buy the Hardened edition after the 13th.
Download the Elite App on the 360.
H.E Buyers: Redeem the 25 digit code for your 1 year subscription.
Normal Copy: Buy a 1 year membership before the 13th from the Marketplace.
Wait 48 hours for Founder Status.