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Can I run my apps for free?

Yes. With a Lite account, you get 256 MB of free runtime memory per month for your Cloud Foundry apps. You can also build and deploy with any Lite plan service at no cost, ever.


Do I have to provide a credit card?

No. With a Lite account, you don't need to provide a credit card or any other payment information — after all, everything is free. You only need to provide payment information when you upgrade your account.


What do I get when I upgrade?

The benefits are numerous, but here are just a few: You get access to the entire IBM Cloud catalog of production-ready services, including Kubernetes, infrastructure, and IBM Watson® services. You can use all free service plans, not just those designated as Lite plans. You can also deploy Cloud Foundry apps to multiple regions and get double the free runtime memory at 512 MB per month. 


Do I have to buy support

Everyone gets free basic support, which includes our docs, the monitored Stack Overflow community forum, and the ability to create support cases. If you need additional support, you can purchase an advanced or premium support plan.


How much do services cost?

Service prices vary by plan. Lite plan services are always free. Billable services are charged either with fixed monthly billing, or by usage.


How will I be billed?

With a Lite account, you won't be billed at all. When you upgrade, you will choose between a flexible Pay-As-You-Go account, where you’re billed monthly for the computing and services you use, and a Subscription account, where you get discounted pricing for a particular spending commitment.