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To understand the AWS Free Usage Tier, it helps to understand Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS provides a flexible, cost-effective, scalable, and easy-to-use cloud computing platform that is suitable for research, educational use, individual use, and organizations of all sizes. The AWS cloud computing model allows you to pay for services on-demand and use as much or as little at any given time as you need. To learn more about AWS and what you can do with AWS, go to Getting Started with AWS.
The Amazon Web Services (AWS) free usage tier gives you an unprecedented opportunity to test drive several key AWS products. By following the guidelines of the offer, you can gain experience with working in the cloud at no charge for an entire year. When your free usage expires or if your application use exceeds the free usage tier, you simply pay the standard, pay-as-you-go service rates. Restrictions apply. For more information, go to offer terms. For full pricing information, go to AWS Service Pricing Overview.
Not all of the services are part of the AWS free usage tier offering. To learn more about the current offerings for each service, go to AWS Free Usage Tier. If you have opened an AWS account in the last 365 days, you can already take advantage of the free usage tier. No additional signup is necessary. All you need to do is start using the services. To find out if you qualify, see Am I Eligible?. If you are eligible for the free usage tier and are being billed, it may be that you are using services that are not part of the free usage tier or that you are exceeding the guidelines of the offer. If you have questions about your account, go to http://aws.amazon.com/contact-us/.
This article provides tips for getting started with the free usage tier, and how to make the best use of this opportunity. For more information on launching Amazon EC2 instances, deploying web applications, tracking your account usage and cleaning up your AWS resources, see the following topics:
If this document is not exactly what you are looking for, the following documents can also help you get started.
Getting Started with AWS — Provides information about AWS, ways to get started, and useful links to help you explore AWS.
Hosting Websites on Amazon S3 in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide — Provides a walkthrough in just a few steps of a static website deployment that does not require running an application.
Amazon Simple Storage Service Getting Started Guide — Provides a walkthrough in just a few steps to store content in the cloud.
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Getting Started Guide — Provides information that helps you get started using Amazon EC2 instances.
If you are looking for information about how to advertise products to your customers, you can find information at Amazon.com Associates Program.
If you need information about your account or additional help, the following resources can help you: