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World of Warcraft Starter Edition is a digital download replacement for the 10-day Free Trial. The Starter Edition allows anyone to play for free up to level 20 without the time restrictions placed on trial accounts -- all you need is a Battle.net account and moderately fast internet connection.[citation needed]

As of mid-July 2011, all existing trial accounts, including expired ones, have been reactivated.

Recruit-a-Friend program has been upgraded as a result of the changes introduced with the WoW Icon 16x16 Starter Edition.

New features

New features over the old trial:

  • Players with the WoW Icon 16x16 Starter Edition can create draenei and blood elf characters (but not goblin or worgen), which were previously unavailable with trial accounts.
  • The two starting zones associated with draenei/blood elf races are also available to people wishing to try out the game.
  • The gold limit has been raised to 10Gold gold, allowing Starter Edition players to purchase mounts when they reach the appropriate level.

Limitations

Most limitations are shown in the FAQ.[1]

  • At level 20 you will stop gaining experience until you activate a paid account, but you can play and explore or even start a new character.
  • Gold capped at 10Gold.
  • Professions are capped at 100 ranks.
  • Unable to trade via the Auction House, mailbox, or player-to-player.
  • In-game access to public chat channels unavailable. Players are limited to communicating using only /say, /party, or /whisper.
  • Characters will be unable to create or join guilds.
  • Characters are not able to send whispers to other characters unless they have been added to the characters' friends lists or have received a whisper from a character first.
  • Characters will not be able to invite other players into a party.
  • Characters will be unable to disable experience gains.*
  • Characters will not be able to join parties with other characters above level 20.**
  • Voice chat disabled on Starter Edition accounts.
  • Realms experiencing login queues will prioritize players who have full, paid accounts.
  • Starter Edition accounts are not eligible for character transfers
  • Real ID features are disabled on all Starter Edition Accounts.

Notes about upgrading to paid account

From the FAQ.[1]

  • Your account name and password will remain the same.
  • Your characters and items will remain on that account and will be available upon your return.
  • The Starter Edition limitations and restrictions will be removed.
  • When you upgrade to the full version of World of Warcraft, you will receive 30 days of access to the game for free.

Notes

References

  1. ^ a b Blizzard Entertainment Icon-blizzus-22x22. World of Warcraft Starter Edition Account FAQ. Blizzard Support (US) site. Retrieved on 2011-07-18.
       Blizzard Entertainment Icon-blizzeu-22x22. World of Warcraft: Starter Edition. Blizzard Support (EU) site. Retrieved on 2011-07-18.

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