The background of this is: My company does web application development, we currently hosted clients in other hosting provider. I was tasked with evaluating Windows Azure hosting option and report back the finding.
I chose the 90 days free trial, I created a hello world app, choose 10 instance and test it once, it works, great, everything seems easy to use and easy to manage. Then 2 weeks before trial expires, I remove the app, also then canceled the subscription and
start working on my report for the company.
Then, I got nice surprise with my credit card got charged with $600+AUD for Nov and $500+AUD for Dec!!! I did not see any confirmation or warning when I deploy the hello world app, no questions asked when deploy 10 instances. I have evaluated other hosting
providers, they always have me "upgrade subscription" or "confirm" if it is beyond my subscription availability.
I have spoken to billing complaints, they explain to me the 10 micro instances stake up roughly 600AUD a month of compute time, I understand it after they show me where to look for past bill (i didnt know it is there, my stupidity, I just rely on windows
to send me bill via hotmail which I didnt see them - unless they get caught up in spam filter!)
Anyway, I really want to complain here that, this is really sneaky, catching people who trial it off-guard. My report currently say excellent most things but these 2 bills for sure hit me hard.