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    Hi there,

    My apologies for how long this post has gone unanswered. The Azure billing team has undergone a transformation to ship features faster and improve our responsiveness to our customers. The new team is excited to re-engage with the community and deliver the features you need for a consistent and reliable cloud billing experience.

    With that said, let’s break down this ask:

    Azure currently accepts Credit and Debit cards, and provides a payment option through invoice for certain subscriptions that meet the appropriate criteria. (http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/offers/ms-azr-0003p/)

    Supporting prepaid or virtual credit cards raises several concerns from a billing standpoint. Because of this, we currently don’t support this feature.

    Other localized payment options through PayPal or other third party services are being considered for implementation in Azure, updates will be made available here.

    If you have any further questions, please submit a new suggestion and we will be happy…

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    Ryan commented  · 

    I wish this worked the same way as Digital Ocean where I can use Paypal to add funds to my account. For dev / testing it's significantly better than the pay and pray method I need to use with Azure's pay-as-you-go accounts.

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    It's basically impossible to delete a credit card from an account that's got an expired trial subscription. I signed up for a trial a long time ago and I think my credit card is still associated with that expired trial, so I can't remove it. I can't open a support request because the wizard in the cost management + billing center doesn't work.

    It's really disappointing to see billing related issues like this one and the lack of pay-as-you-go spending caps being ignored. Digital Ocean and AWS have much better billing options for small users.

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    188 comments  ·  Signup and Billing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Quick update,

    We have been considering all of the risks and investigating the steps required to ensure we implement this feature with high positive impact and low to no negative impact.

    After this investigation we have decided we will enable Pay-As-You-Go customers the option to configure a spending limit on a Pay-As-You-Go subscription, with appropriate safeguards and measures to prevent both service abuse and production service failure.

    We have not yet finished determining the details of what this feature will look like, nor do we have a timeline for release, but we have heard your voices and have added this feature to our backlog.

    Thanks for your continued feedback,

    -Adam (Azure Billing Team)

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    Ryan commented  · 

    A lack of spending limits is preventing me from exploring Azure since my trial is expired. One month isn't enough time to learn much and I can't take the risk of authorizing unlimited spending on a pay-as-you-go subscription to continue learning. There's too much of a risk that I'll make a mistake and be responsible for costs that I can't afford.

    I'm disappointed today because I found an awesome blog post with an ARM template that had me excited about trying out Azure Functions, but I'm not willing to add an unlimited spending subscription to my account to try out something that I expect to cost less than $1.

    Please give an update on this. It's been 3 years and spending limits have been enabled for several other subscription types. Is this still planned?

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