This topic provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the billing of Message Queue for Apache RocketMQ.

Why am I charged USD 0.45 on a daily basis?

The billable items of Message Queue for Apache RocketMQ include API calls and topic usage. The usage fee of each topic is USD 0.45/day at the first tier. For more information about tiered pricing of topics, see Billing overview.

Why did I receive a bill and get charged today even though I already deleted the topic yesterday?

Topics are charged on a daily basis from 00:00:00 to 23:59:59, and bills for daily use of topics are generated the next day. Therefore, the billing system generates a bill the day after you delete a topic. You will not receive a bill for this topic on the third day.

Why did I get charged even though I did not use Message Queue for Apache RocketMQ?

Log on to the Billing Management console to view your bills and check whether you used Message Queue for Apache RocketMQ.

If you do not need to use Message Queue for Apache RocketMQ, delete all resources in the Message Queue for Apache RocketMQ console to prevent unnecessary expenses.

Why am I billed for Message Queue for Apache RocketMQ while Message Queue for Apache RocketMQ is not activated in the console?

If Message Queue for Apache RocketMQ has been in arrears for more than 72 hours, Alibaba Cloud suspends the service. As a result, you cannot access the Message Queue for Apache RocketMQ console or call the Message Queue for Apache RocketMQ API. However, you still must pay the arrears incurred before you release Message Queue for Apache RocketMQ.

How do I deactivate Message Queue for Apache RocketMQ?

Delete the topics and group IDs in all regions, stop all producers and consumers, and then delete the corresponding instances.

Why am I charged for 126,315,056 API calls when the total number of messages is 631,238 in a day?

The total number of API calls is calculated by using the following formula: Number of API calls = Number of API calls to send messages + Number of API calls to subscribe to messages + Number of long polling API calls.

A long polling request is an API call generated by a Message Queue for Apache RocketMQ consumer to push a message in real time. Each queue generates a long polling request every 15 seconds. If a message is generated in the queue within these 15 seconds, the long polling request is not counted.

How do I renew my Message Queue for Apache RocketMQ Enterprise Platinum Edition instance?

For more information about how to renew an instance, see Operations on Enterprise Platinum Edition instances.