They are not retroactive. The monthly grant of Cartel Coins you receive will still remain (and you already have the Kurtob Alliance Speeder). The reason why is that our new Friends Program has a new tracking system on the web that wasn't there previously. Because of this, it is considered a new program. We are still hammering out different ways for Subscribers to receive the rewards through this program.
Once we have those details hammered out, I will give y'all an update!
It would be really nice if you guys would just say that it's not retroactive because you want to entice us to refer another friend (which makes perfect sense and I am not against). It's a business decision, not a technical one. It has nothing to do with "a new tracking system" because you could simply add all the people who referred a friend to the new system.