you must have a ton of pics in your account over there Mike. If you have under 2G of use it's considered a free account from what I read. I have only 6% storage used up and can still link pics, but yes it's sucking big time with all the ads and has slowed down a bunch!
Reads to me that we're Fokked- get storage but no linking-
Free account : Each individual Member gets one free account that provides 2 GB of free storage or space available for your original photo files, or videos under 10min. The free account does not allow any image linking or 3rd party image hosting. If a free account Member exceeds their Content Limit, their account will be immediately suspended and they will need to become a “Paying Member” (defined below) in order to continue accessing their account. You can upgrade to a Plus account at any time.