General

Q: What is the AWS China (Ningxia) Region Free Tier?

The AWS China (Ningxia) Region Free Tier provides customers the ability to explore and try out AWS Services provided by NWCD free of charge up to specified limits for each service. The Free Tier is comprised of three different types of offerings, a 12-month Free Tier, an Always Free offer, and short term trials. Services with a 12-month Free Tier allow new customers to use the product for free up to specified limits for 12 months from the date the account was created, or for 12 months following the launch date of AWS China (Ningxia) Region Free Tier in terms of existing customers. Services with an Always Free offer allow customers to use the product for free up to specified limits as long as they are a customer of AWS China (Ningxia) Region. Services with a short term trial are free to use for a specified period of time or up to a one-time limit depending on the service selected. Details on the limits and services provided for free are detailed in each card on the AWS China (Ningxia) Region Free Tier page. If your application use exceeds the free tier limits, you simply pay standard, pay-as-you-go service rates (see each service page for full pricing details). Restrictions apply; see offer terms for more details.

Q: When does the AWS China (Ningxia) Region Free Tier expire?

Services with a 12-month Free Tier allow customers to use the product for free up to specified limits for one year from the date the account was created, or 12 months following the launch date of AWS China (Ningxia) Region Free Tier for existing customers.Services with an Always Free offer allow you to use the product for free up to specified limits as long as you have a valid AWS China account and choose AWS China (Ningxia) Region in the console to use AWS Services. Services with a short term trial are free to use for a specified period of time or up to a one-time limit depending on the service selected. When your free tier expires or if your application use exceeds the free tier limits, you simply pay standard, pay-as-you-go service rates (see each service page for full pricing details). Restrictions apply; see offer terms for more details.

Q: What do I need to do to qualify for the AWS China (Ningxia) Region Free Tier?

A China legal entity is required to register an AWS China account, and then choose AWS China (Ningxia) Region in the console. If you are linked to an Organization (under AWS Organizations, when available in AWS China (Ningxia) Region) or one Paying Account and all Link Accounts link to the Paying Account via Consolidated Billing (collectively, a “Group”), only one account within the Organization or Group can benefit from the Free Tier offers. To calculate the use of AWS Services under any Offers under the Organization or Group, we will aggregate the usage across all accounts in the Organization or Group. You will be charged standard rates for use of AWS Services provided by NWCD if we determine that you are not eligible for the AWS China (Ningxia) Region Free Tier or have exceeded the limits for a particular service.

Q: Are there any limitations to how I use the AWS China (Ningxia) Region free usage tier?

AWS China (Ningxia) Region’s free usage tier is not limited to specific use cases. This offering provides new and existing AWS China (Ningxia) Region customers with free usage tiers for certain AWS Services provided by NWCD to help you get started. If you have a new idea that you’d like to launch or if you have an existing application you want to run in the cloud, this is a great way to get started for free. Some ideas include, but are not limited to, hosting low traffic websites or blogs, social media applications, development and test projects, proof of concepts, and more.

Billing

Q: If we sign-up for Consolidated Billing, can we get the AWS China (Ningxia) Region Free Tier for each account?

No, customers that use Consolidated Billing to consolidate payment across multiple accounts will only have access to one AWS China (Ningxia) Region Free Tier for all the AWS account(s) linked to one Paying Account.Additionally, the AWS China (Ningxia) Region Free Tier will apply to only one of your AWS accounts, if you or your entity create(s) more than one account.

Q: If I don’t use all of my free usage per month will it roll over to the next month?

No, the AWS China (Ningxia) Region Free Tier is applied to your monthly usage. It will expire by the end of each calendar month, and does not accumulate.

Q: If I go over the Free Tier limit in a given month, how much will I have to pay?

If your usage exceeds the monthly free tier limits, you simply pay standard, pay-as-you-go AWS service rates of AWS China (Ningxia) Region. See each service page for full pricing details.

Q: How do I know how much I’ve used and if I’ve gone over the free usage tiers?

You can see current and past usage activity by service and region by logging into your account and going to the Billing & Cost Management Dashboard.

Q: I’m eligible for the free usage tier, but I received a charge. Why?

The AWS China (Ningxia) Region Free Tier is available to the eligible usage of AWS Services of AWS China (Ningxia) Region with a valid AWS China account. The free tier applies to certain participating AWS Services of AWS China (Ningxia) Region up to a specific maximum amount of usage each month. Applicable services and usage limits are defined at amazonaws.cn/free. When an account goes over the free tier limit, the standard AWS service rates of AWS China (Ningxia) Region will be applied.

If you have not exceeded the limits of the free tier, you may have been charged for other AWS services that are not covered under the free tier. Some examples include: if you are running an Amazon EC2 t2.small instance rather than a t2.micro instance, or if you are using a service not included in the offer, such as Amazon Aurora. To review your AWS usage activity in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, log into your Billing & Cost Management Dashboard.

Regions

Q: Can I use the AWS China (Ningxia) Region Free Tier in any region?

No, these free tier offers are only valid toward usage in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region and will not be calculated or consolidated with AWS China (Beijing) Region and/or other global AWS regions.  

Instances

Q: Does an AWS China (Ningxia) Region customer have access to 750 instance hours each of the Linux and Windows t2.micro instances under the AWS China (Ningxia) Region Free Tier?

Yes. A customer with access to the AWS China (Ningxia) Region Free Tier can use up to 750 instance hours each of t2.micro instances running Linux and Windows. Usage of the Linux and Windows t2.micro instances are counted independently.

Q: Does the AWS China (Ningxia) Region Free Tier include Amazon S3 Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS)?

No, the AWS China (Ningxia) Region Free Tier does not include Amazon S3 RRS storage. The AWS Free Tier includes 5 GB of Amazon S3 standard storage, which offers high Amazon S3 durability.