Well, I just got the word from... um... do I say Cryptic or Perfect World? Well either way, they picked a date for Star Trek Online's F2P transition: January 17, 2012. That's later than I would have expected, to be honest; I would have imagined they'd be ready before Christmas so they could get people logged in and asking for point cards as stocking stuffers.
UPDATE: Derick from Perfect World informed me that "if people buy points this holiday season they'll still be redeemable when STO goes F2P. If you're looking at gifting points though I would get them straight from here http://startrekonline.com/crypticpointscards"
In any case, here's the nifty trailer they put together: