Applied, now the wait is on. Kinda weird it was like BAMM!!!! Beta Testing sign ups.
I still think the main version will be out in Sept at the earliest.
I too am pegging it for a september release, but they did say they were hoping for a release client in the summer time and they said they are ahead of schedule as it is 'since' that interview. At any rate I definitely don't see it being dragged out into November as most betas are no where near that long 'unless' there are some huge issues with the game like a full rewrite of central gameplay mechanics that they didn't intend to change.
Plus with this being their second undertaking into the MMORPG market, they probably have much more conservative idea on just when they game will be ready than they had with FFXI, which for all intents and purposes came much earlier (from concept to client release) than this MMORPG has already lol. Came out from concept to release in 4 years time or less and this game has already gone beyond 4 years without even beta till now (first concept/announcement came during E3 2005, and they didn't even have a graphics engine ready than yet either, and that doesn't include time it took them to make all the new assets and designs for that tech demo).
As for when betas will actually start, im guessing either right before new years (after christmas) or right after new years holidays in Japan, which bring it to around January 16th or so. Hopefully they spend the time waiting for beta clients to be oked by putting more new info up on the main site... preferably more info on the other city-states or **** even just an in game look at one of them other than from a distance with limsa-lominsa. (my hope obviously lol)