Azure SQL Database Free Tier Plan

Sinzore 40 Reputation points
2024-06-01T00:35:47.8933333+00:00

Hello,

Why is it that I pick the Free - General Purpose - Serverless: Gen5, 2 vCores

which indicates that:

First 32 GB storage free

**First 100,000 vCore seconds free

Yet I have received a bill of USD 250 on my card**

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  1. Gowtham CP 3,340 Reputation points
    2024-06-01T05:35:15.67+00:00

    Hey Sinzore ,

    I saw your question about the Azure SQL Database free tier and the bill you received. It happens!

    The free tier is great, but there are a few things to keep in mind to avoid unexpected charges.

    The free tier gives you 100,000 vCore seconds of database usage per month. Basically, vCore seconds measure how much computing power your database uses. If your database workload exceeded this limit, there might be charges for the extra usage.

    There’s also an option to keep your database running even after exceeding the free tier limit, which could lead to additional charges. It’s possible this option was enabled by accident.

    To check, log in to the Azure portal and see how many vCore seconds your database has used. Also, review the billing settings to see if the "continue using" option was turned on.

    Here are some resources that might help explain the free tier in more detail:

    If you need more help or have questions about your bill, you can reach out to Microsoft Azure billing support. You can create a support ticket here.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

    If this explanation is helpful, please accept the answer and upvote it to help others.