Personally, I'm both 'OK' and 'Not OK' with this. I'm 'OK' in that it'll mean I won't have to pay a monthly fee but I'm 'Not OK' in that all my friends hate F2P models and it'll mean my Guild will vanish to nothing just like my fleet did when STO went F2P.
Another thing I have to wonder is what happens to the 'Legacy' System if it goes fully F2P? Do they gate lock it because it's the way you would be gaining 'extras' so that you have to pay to level it up? It just seems like it isn't set right to work in a F2P model.
We'll see what happens ofc. Making the first few levels free is not a sure departure from p2p just yet. It is continuously interesting to witness the attractiveness of f2p on the traditional industry though.