PR Manager for The Chronicles of Spellborn, Mirage is very insistent on this point:
"So first, TCoS is NOT a Free2Play game.
There is indeed a Free2Play ZONE, ie the starting area. We, Devs, are still looking into the extent of said area. That means, that you, players, can test the game for free, and then have to go for a regular subscription to continue playing the game and level up your character. No subscription equals to being stuck in free2play zone.
Second, there are NO item malls, there is NO item selling."