How to create free Azure SQL for 12 months?

ali reda 21 Reputation points

I am new to the Azure environment. I signed up to the free azure tier in April 2021 and it says that it expires in April 2022. I have not paid for azure before (aside from confirming my card at signup). When I try to create an azure SQL database, the price is 5$ for basic and 15$ for standard (10DTUs S0, 250GB). I tried to play around with various configurations but nothing seems to work.
how to create the free database?


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  1. Martin Cairney 2,246 Reputation points

    No matter what type of Azure account you have, the services will still have a "cost" associated with them. As well as the "free for 1 year" you also get I think $200 of credit on other services.

    If you deploy services that are not in the free list, the cost adds up but if you spend less than $200 per month then there is still no actual charge to you.

    Therefore, don't worry about what it says the cost is - refer to your billing screen in the portal and you will see if you are close to any actual charges.

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  1. ali reda 21 Reputation points

    @Martin Cairney
    Just to confirm: This means that whatever price is listed on the screen, as long as I am below the quota, I will not be charged anything (until the free service duration expires), right?