you will still need an active account. on your account page it will say like 12.95 or what ever then under that say trial period -12.95 for a total of 0. when i made my account i used a debt card so they charged me $1 for the transaction but nothing more.
i think you click on the add services button then agree to some stuff then you can add a character or ID dont remember what they call it now. it will say like 8 remaining until you unlock/purchase one they will save 7 reaming.
Edited, Jan 22nd 2011 12:43pm by elevencharle