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Introducing IBM Cloud Lite Account: Quick and easy access to AI services and runtimes to build your cloud apps fast.

Build cloud-based exploration applications powered by Watson.
Build cloud-based exploration applications powered by Watson.

As 2017 starts to wind down, it’s a great time to look ahead and think about the developer skills you want to expand and improve upon in 2018.

IBM Cloud Lite can play a key role in the evolution of learning how to develop and build using IBM Watson and other services (Kubernetes, Data analytics, IoT, and more), and to build actual Proofs of Concept that help establish a vision of the cognitive computing future for your organization.

With IBM Cloud Lite, you can take as much time as you need to familiarize yourself with the IBM Cloud, and there’s no need to submit a credit card in advance.

IBM Cloud Features You Can Use Today

Build cognitive apps that help enhance, scale, and accelerate human expertise.
Build cognitive apps that help enhance, scale, and accelerate human expertise.
  • 4 GB with Kubernetes Clusters
  • 256 MB of instantaneous Cloud Foundry runtime memory
  • Access to plans for select services, including API Connect, Watson Conversation, Watson Discovery, Internet of Things Platform, Data
  • Efficiency features, such as auto sleep and garbage collection, to help you better manage your resources.
  • Usage tracking and cap alerts that notify you proactively when you’re approaching data thresholds.
  • Focus on Building, Not Billing

IBM Cloud Lite is all about getting started with IBM Watson now

We want you to build something useful to you and your company first, and worry about the billing later.

  • No credit card required
  • No time limit!
  • $200 credit to upgrade*

NOTE: IBM Cloud 30-day trial accounts cannot be converted to IBM Cloud Lite accounts. The best and quickest way is to sign up with a new email ID. If you would like to keep the same ID, you can submit a support ticket to delete your current account. Once everything has been deleted, you can sign up for an IBM Cloud Lite account on

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10 comments on"Introducing IBM Cloud Lite"

  1. Hi, can I have a change to extend my account ? I’m ibmer with 219 days left

  2. Hello, as an entrepreneur I was invited and I already have an IBM Global Entrepreneur account.
    Do I have to do a new registration for IBM Cloud Lite or the one I have is enough?
    Thanks, regards Néstor

    • Nestor, with your IBM Global Entrepreneur account (Builder level) you already have access to more than IBM Cloud Lite offers.

    • Nestor,

      Make sure you double check your Global Entrepreneur terms and conditions with the helpful IBM folk

      We had three incentive subscriptions – one Global Entrepreneur Program (GEP) one as a business partner and the third as a developer.

      We made a mistake and chose the GEP subscription to provision a test blockchain. We used it extensively for testing, which meant inviting clients onboard.

      When we got a routine notice that the subscription was about to expire, we found out there was no way to extend it. This includes paying for it. We could not apply our other privileges either.

      It cost a lot of time and money to transfer our clients to another blockchain. We are big fans of IBM and we kept records/screenshots. But the blochain was deleted and we could do nothing about.

      Hence make sure you can upgrade on your GEP subscription, including infrastructure provisioned through softlayer, and have a migration plan in place.

  3. What does $200 credit to upgrade means in brief? Thanks in Advanced.

    • Ovi, the credit is applicable to platform services not including infrastructure and and third party services. It is valid for 30 days once you upgrade your account to Pay-As-You-Go. It doesn’t expire, so it’s there whenever you are ready to upgrade.

  4. I just sent a support ticket because i can’t login to IBM Cloud Lite …authentification and javascript/server side issues.

  5. Vitor Pereira December 07, 2017

    Is there a feature code to change an expired trial account into a lite account?

  6. Apparently “No credit card required” actually means “Credit Card Required” if your login account had expired and need to be converted.

    “Your account has expired or been canceled. To continue using IBM Cloud, provide your billing information. This will unlock the full power of IBM Cloud with a Pay-As-You-Go account including Infrastructure, Applications, and Services.”

    • I received the same message, it won’t let me do anything without a credit card, how do I get the free IBM Cloud Lite Account now.

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