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The IBM Bluemix team is pleased to announce changes to the pricing of the Watson Visual Recognition service. New Standard Plan pricing and Free Plan allocations went into effect on December 1, 2016.

Here’s what you need to know:

watson visual recognition Summary of pricing changes

The price change affects charges surrounding Custom Classifiers in the Standard Plan:

Custom Classifier Training:

  • Previous price – $0.25 / image
  • New price – $0.10 / image

Custom Classifier Storage:

  • Previous price – $10 / month / class
  • New price – $0 (removed from pricing)

Custom Image Classification:

  • Previous price – $0.004 / class / image
  • New price – $0.004 / image

Allocations in the Free Plan have also been increased:

Previous allocation:

  • Classify 250 images per day
  • Train a custom classifier using 1000 images

New allocation:

  • Classify 250 images per day
  • Train a custom classifier using 5000 images across an unlimited number of classes

Do I need to change anything as a user?

Nope! All of these changes happen on our end, so you should see the new pricing automatically reflected in your billing.

What regions are affected?

Pricing applies to all Bluemix regions.

Are discount structures affected?

IBM Bluemix will support and honor existing discount structures.

Are any other pricing features affected?

None. We still provide a no-minimum fee, so you can still continue to pay for only what you use, for available Bluemix regions. New pricing will remain in effect until further notice. You can find additional pricing information on the Watson Visual Recognition catalog detail page.

As always, we’re here to help. If you have any questions, please reach out to us in the Watson Developer forum.

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