As the saying goes, home is wherever you lay your hat. In Second Life you have a number of options of where to lay your hat, and these options are offered to new residents at the time of creating their account.
When someone creates an account in Second Life they are offered three different account choices. Premium, Basic and Concierge. Speaking from experience, I’d say that the vast majority go for “FREE” without knowing what the two other options are. When I first created my account I didn’t take the time to look at what premium had to offer and I’m sure I’m not the only one.
What follows is a brief description of each account type:
If you want to go Premium you have three different membership plans to choose from:
Annual Membership: USD 72.00
Quarterly Membership: USD 22.50
Monthly Membership 9.50
When you select the Premium option you’re gifted with a sign up bonus of 1000L$. Premium members are offered a small home in an exclusive neighborhoods with a variety of themes and styles to choose from. It's not impossible to find the home of your dreams. Each Linden home has a land capacity of 117 on a 512m2 parcel to which you can add your final touches in the form of furniture and décor. If you need more space there's also an option to acquire land on popular mainland regions. Some of which are developed and some of which are undeveloped.
Premium account holders receive a 300L$ weekly allowance along with exclusive bonus items created by SL residents and exclusive areas to hang out with your friends and loved ones.
Last but not least, Premium members are offered expanded support which includes live chat in real time with Linden Lab.
Basic users can't own land on the Mainland or access live chat. However, they can own estates or private regions or rent land anywhere depending on the landowner's preferences. Let me add to this that skybox rentals or apartment prices start from 60L$ PER WEEK and average land tiers start from about 1000L$ PER WEEK. As for support, residents can submit support cases for a limited set of problems but this procedure might take a little longer.
The choice is yours.
With this account type, residents also have access to a special live chat area and phone number through the support portal.
Basic account holders are able to qualify for the Concierge service. They can own estates and Private Regions. The setup and monthly costs for which are billed separately from land on the mainland, which can be owned only by premium and Concierge members.
Remember that you can upgrade or down grade at any time.