Blizzard is working on a trial account for players with lapsed subscriptions that’s slightly better than their free Starter Edition.
This account type has the same experience, level and gold caps imposed on the Starter Edition. Blizzard confirmed this on Battle.net forums and added that the name is just what it’s called internally, and won’t likely stick.
“We’ve always had this kind of weird limitation where if you’ve never played WoW we let you play as much as you want, albeit in a very restricted Starter Edition account,” writes community manager Bashiok. “However, if you have ever had a subscription – but don’t currently have one – we don’t even let you log in.
“In 6.1 we’ll effectively revert lapsed accounts into a Starter Edition “mode”, with all of the same restrictions. The one difference being that your sub-level 20 characters will be able to join a guild if any of your other characters are still in that guild.”
After the patch goes live, this would become the default state for accounts without an active subscription.