Lifetime accounts were a special account type that were available from the close of beta until December 22, 2003. A user could buy a lifetime account for $159.95 (later raised to $225) and would be able to enjoy Second Life without paying any monthly fees. When 1.2 came about and brought with it land tiers, lifetime accounts were dropped. However those who purchased a lifetime account were allowed to continue on and were given 4096 sqm of "free land" allocation as well as a L$500 weekly stipend. Lifetime accounts can buy up to 4096 sqm without having to pay Linden Lab fees on that land, but once they go over that allotment they enter into a new tier and then must pay the fees.