Registering to Azure (free) services without Credit/Debit card check
Currently Azure provides a good amount of services for free which will benefits a lot of developers all around the world specially countries like Iran.
Being a developer in Iran which I believe is one of the biggest consumer of Microsoft products like Windows and Windows Phone and also one of the cheapest out sourcing centers for other countries like Australia and European countries it would be great to be able to register with Azure and use its services like Web Apps, Application Insights, Mobile Services,... for personal use or for out sourced projects.
My suggestion is to offer a solution that enables registering Azure services without credit/debit card check so that developers live in countries like Iran would be able to use Azure services especially the free ones.
This is really importart also for IT freelancers who wanna learn Azure, in the end, we end up recommending our customers to use Azure, but if we can't try the platform first it's difficult with a credit/debit card barrier.
Christian H commented
As long as Microsoft does not implement this change I can saidly not become a customer. I find it very said, that a product like azure - that seems great on the homepage - has such arbitrary restrictions set in place.
Mahdi Saleh commented
I am living in Germany for more than two years now and couldn't get a normal MasterCard or Visa as a student. I just have a prepaid one, but it does not work for the Azure registration and that's unfortunate!
If this was meant to prevent abuse, then Microsoft its the abuser, it even do not accept a prepaid card, how many people in the earth have access to a internationally acceptable credit/debit card? a very certain country at all. if all major/minor institute can accept prepaid card, such as google, what problem do the Microsoft have, no problem but ignorant people around that company and while everything in growing up, its sinking, there will not too many decide when Microsoft will be just a history.
Gabriel Graves commented
I'm guessing this is to prevent abuse.