Paperspace Core Virtual Machine's (VM) are recurring Subscriptions. This article is designed to help you fully understand how Core VMs are billed, the different options available, and how our billing process works overall.
The Subscription: Monthly Access & Storage Fee
Every Paperspace VM is billed a monthly access fee until it is deactivated/deleted (click here for guidance on deactivating a VM).
The first invoice, after creating or upgrading a machine, can be a little confusing due to the calculations that go into this change, these are outlined in the "Creating A Virtual Machine" section. Feel free to open a support ticket if you need additional clarification on your particular invoice.
- Each VM hardware type has its own Hourly and its own Monthly price. Visit our Machine Pricing article for full details.
- Storage prices vary by size, starting at 50GB for $5/month. Visit our Storage Pricing article for full details.
Note: Subscriptions are based on the calendar month. This means if you do not wish to continue your subscription, you must cancel it before midnight (UTC) on the 1st of the following month.
In Hourly Subscriptions, Access & Storage are included but not the utilization of the VM which is billed separately. For example, if you create a machine with 50GB storage, you will be invoiced $5 each month for this Storage, which also includes Access & upkeep, until you deactivate the VM. This fee is fixed and prorated if the machine is deactivated before the billing period ends. For more information please follow this link.
For Monthly Subscriptions, a flat-rate Access Fee is billed each month until the VM is deactivated; the VM could be left running 24/7 but will still be billed at this flat rate. 50GB of storage, a $5 value, is included in the price (more can be added at additional cost - see the last bullet point for a link to more info). For more information please follow this link.
Changing Subscription Type
You can change your VM Subscription type from Hourly to Monthly and vice versa. You can also upgrade storage capacity.
Note: Once storage capacity has been upgraded, it cannot be downgraded.
- "Standard" non-Dedicated GPU Instances (Air, Standard, Advanced, and Pro) can be changed among themselves. The same is true for C-Class VMs.
- Dedicated GPU Instances (P4000, P5000, P6000, and V100) can not be changed among themselves.
- Upgrades are made in the Console by navigating to a machine's settings page and clicking Upgrade:
Upgrading your Storage subscription can be performed in the Console. Your Paperspace account is debited a prorated amount for the remainder of the month for the increase in price between storage rates. Storage cannot be downgraded.
This upgrade will be reflected in the next monthly invoice.
Switching Between Instance Types
Air, Standard, Advanced, and Pro machines, as well as C-class machines, are the only instance types that can be upgraded among themselves.
- If you switch to a Monthly Subscription VM, your billing is adjusted so your next invoice will reflect the price difference (as credit or debit, depending on the change).
- If you switch to an Hourly Subscription VM, your machine will begin billing your hours at the new usage rate immediately and reflect this change on your next invoice.
- Account credit is not transferrable or refundable.
- Features like auto-shutdown are provided to mitigate the accidental run time of VMs. If you're relying on this feature, please make sure you meet all the criteria described in this article. Paperspace does not offer refunds for accidental machine runtime.