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Hosted payment recurring payment question


I am currently trying to set up a recurring payment system, but with a free trial period, using accept hosted redirect. Despite the trial period, I would like to gather payment details from each customer as soon as they sign up, to discourage spammers and trolls.


To set up the reccuring payment system, I need to create a customer profile, then a payment profile. Then we can use that payment profile to create a recurring payment using the api.


The problem I am experiencing, is that it doesn't seem possible to use the accept hosted page to collect payment details without actually charging them. I tried to set up the hosted page without an amount specified and it gave me an error. So ideally, I want to create a payment profile using the hosted page, without charging them.


Am I going about this the wrong way? Or, is it impossible to achieve my planned flow?

thank you in advance.