All players will be able to take advantage of Star Trek Online's many features for free, from customising avatars, crews and the very ships they command, to exploring a galaxy filled with intrigue and danger. Players will also be able to access additional features a la carte through a virtual goods store. Current players can become Gold Members by continuing to subscribe to the game, while new players can also upgrade to Gold status for a set price. The differences between paying Gold Members and free Silver Players can be found at: http://www.startrekonline.com/f2p
A features matrix, FAQ, overview and various forums can be found on the official Star Trek Online website to better explain the nature of free-to-play to new and existing users.
To learn more about Star Trek Online free-to-play, please visit: http://www.startrekonline.com/f2p ;