editor note: I'm writing this little heads-up blog on the PS3 so don't expect witty links and pics in here.
EDIT: Our fellow Dtoid Soldier The Wrath
has got the best option for you 9 digit US residents. Scroll down and look at his comment. I can't copy/paste on the PS3...
Kojima and friends may fucked you up good with your 9 digit beta code but you might be saved by him as well. When I just looked in the European PSN Store I saw a banner with Metal Gear Solid Online
and one word you might be interested in, and that's: free
. Yes fellas, do yourself a favour and try to get in to the European shop an download that beta. I don't know if it works on US, Aussie, Chinese, Japanese or Russian consoles but it is at least worth a try.
p.s. If you haven't made an European account you should need to do so now. If I wasn't typing this on the PS3 I would link a faq here but I guess you guys are smart and know how to use Google.
Let me know if it works. If it doesn't I'll hide this blog.