BioWare has left a new post on the Star Wars: The Old Republic forum indicating that they will be making changes to the next update which will bring the free to play model on board. The team indicated that community feedback was integral to the list of changes that will be implemented. Additionally, several bugs have been identified as priority issues.
We've found some crucial bugs that needed stomping, which is good. These changes will make their way to you probably early next week.
There are a couple of key concepts that should be kept in mind as you review free to play changes. The first is that, to be honest, all of you are looking at a gameplay mode that you will likely never see. Subscribers who choose to cancel their account will typically revert to something that we refer to as preferred status. My fellow designer Nathan Emmotthas a post up describing the ins and outs of Preferred Status. Originally, the second quickslot bar was part of preferred status, but this morning based on feedback here and what they were seeing in the community we decided to give it to everyone.
Read the full post on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.