no, u just have to verify your account which is free.
somewhere on the aqw home page lolz
There are no totally free upgrades.
Type /s in your chat box and push enter.
you can vertify or become member that is all i no
type in the chat box /bow
You buy it on this page https://secure.battleon.com/aqw/
You can upgrade and you get to talk all you want and you can say anything and if you do not want to upgrade, you can use the canned chat.