FYI: It will be free to play January 17, 2012.
Bit longer wait still. I am very happy that this one goes free to play, though
Looking forward of getting my own ship and crew.
Though, I might get stuck to the character creator for hour or two first, creating toons being so much fun in MMOs.
I suggest that you read up on the skills and abilities options on the STO Wiki before creating your character. If you're just creating a fun character it doesn't matter though.