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Amazon Web Services to Launch Free Usage Tier
New AWS customers can run a free Amazon EC2 instance for a year, while also leveraging free usage across other AWS services

SEATTLE, Oct 21, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS), an Amazon.com Company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced that developers and businesses will be able to take advantage of a new free usage tier for a full year. Beginning November 1, new AWS customers will be able to run a free Amazon EC2 instance for a year, while also leveraging a new free usage tier for Amazon S3, Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, and AWS data transfer. This will enable developers to launch new applications, broaden their AWS knowledge, or simply gain hands-on familiarity with the services -- all while incurring no charges. To learn more about the new AWS free usage tier, visit http://aws.amazon.com/free.

"We're excited to introduce a free usage tier for new AWS customers to help them get started on AWS," said Adam Selipsky, Vice President, Amazon Web Services. "Everyone from entrepreneurial college students to developers at Fortune 500 companies can now launch new applications at zero expense and with the peace of mind that they can instantly scale to accommodate growth. We can't wait to see what great ideas are set in motion now that it's free to experiment and launch production applications in the AWS cloud."

With the new free AWS usage tier, developers will be able to launch applications at no cost. If their new application spikes in popularity, it will seamlessly scale and run on AWS's inexpensive, pay-as-you-go, standard pricing that is much less than traditional computing costs.

Below are the highlights of AWS's new free offering. All are free for one year (except the last three which are free indefinitely):

- 750 hours per month of micro Linux Amazon EC2 instance usage -- enough to run continuously (there are approximately 750 hours in a month)

- 750 hours per month of an Amazon Elastic Load Balancer

- 10 GB per month of Amazon Elastic Block Storage

- 5 GB per month of Amazon S3 Storage

- 30 GB per month of internet data transfer (15 GB of data transfer "in" and 15 GB of data transfer "out" across all services)

- 25 Machine Hours per month of Amazon SimpleDB

- 100,000 Requests per month of Amazon Simple Queue Service

- 100,000 Requests per month, 100,000 Notifications over HTTP per month, and 1,000 Notifications over Email per month for Amazon Simple Notification Service

To learn more about AWS's free offering, visit http://aws.amazon.com/free.

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon's developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Kindle, Kindle 3G and Kindle DX are the revolutionary portable readers that wirelessly download books, magazines, newspapers, blogs and personal documents to a crisp, high-resolution electronic ink display that looks and reads like real paper. Kindle 3G and Kindle DX utilize the same 3G wireless technology as advanced cell phones, so users never need to hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot. Kindle is the #1 bestselling product across the millions of items sold on Amazon.

Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.ca, and www.amazon.cn. As used herein, "Amazon.com," "we," "our" and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, new products, services and technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.

SOURCE: Amazon.com, Inc.

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