On their website they announce a free machine: free tier

However, when I try to get it, it is not free: enter image description here

So, how can I get this free machine?

  • As far as I understand that means first month free, but that's far from "Always Free". On the page I linked it says: "Use these products for free up to the specified usage limits during and past the free trial. These usage limits do not expire, but are subject to change".
    – carla
    Aug 17, 2017 at 19:22
  • I'm not sure about what exactly these things mean. Anyway I just made this account, so I don't have any prior contracts/cards/debts with Google. And I did registered a credit card (even though I'm not sure this means I have an 'upgraded billing account').
    – carla
    Aug 17, 2017 at 19:32
  • Thanks for the investigation, I just did the "upgrade" following these instructions. Hooowever, it still show the same stuff. =/
    – carla
    Aug 17, 2017 at 19:43
  • I think you might be right...this is the shortest "Always" I've ever seen.
    – carla
    Aug 17, 2017 at 20:10
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    In the end, it is just very confusing, but it is (until they change terms) "Always" free.
    – carla
    Aug 18, 2017 at 14:16

1 Answer 1


You've got to take a leap of faith.

There are two kinds of Free tiers:

The Google Cloud Platform Free Tier is your opportunity to learn and use GCP for free. It has two parts: a 12-month, $300 credit free trial and Always Free. The 12-month, $300 free trial allows you to use any GCP product. Always Free allows you to try participating products for free up to their non-expiring usage limits, making it easy for you to test and develop with these products.

Regarding the "Always Free" part, until the very end it's going to show you a price, but if you keep below the Free Tier specs you won't be billed.

Just to be sure I contacted their suport and was answered (bold added by me):

I understand that you want to use a free f1-micro instance type but bothered to use it due to showing estimated monthly price of $4.28.

As you are eligible for ¨Always Free¨, 1 f1-micro is free of charges per month as you can see on this link [1]. In case you get charges using 1 f1-micro please contact our billing support using this link [2]

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