QUOTE(moddingswede @ Apr 14 2008, 06:11 PM)
There are no plans to make them free.
Yes, that is true, but that's not to say that they won't EVER be free. Bungie's exact words were "we are not currently aware of any plans to make these maps available for free."
If you recall, they said the same thing about the Heroic Map Pack.
By doing this, they have the freedom to either keep charging for the maps or make them free, without being obligated to do one or the other.