Here are some really cheap VPS providers that provide basic VPS packages at very low rates. I have not tested these (except one), so can’t say anything about reliability. I have just tried to list these in the order of lowest prices. A good use of such VPS servers could be to just get your hands dirty with a VPS, before you decide to migrate to a more powered VPS. These also give a good test bed for trying different scripts, or just testing out stuff. Some of these can also be used as cheap online backup options.
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VPS for $10 per Year:
I was quite surprised when I got an email from this company about a VPS for just $10 per year. This is the cheapest VPS that I have come across. This VPS comes with 128 MB RAM, 5 GB Disk space, and 250 GB / month bandwidth. You can order it here.
VPS for $15 per Year:
I actually use one of these VPS myself. I use it as a conduit to transfer my cPanel backups to Amazon S3 (more on that sometime later). Before I discovered the VPS mentioned earlier, this was the cheapest VPS that I had seen. This VPS comes with 128 MB RAM, 15 GB Disk Space, and 500 GB / month bandwidth. These VPS are in such a high demand that they remain sold out most of the time. You can grab it here if you are lucky enough.
VPS for $2.99 per Month:
This is a bit more powerful VPS, and comes with 256 MB RAM (with 512 MB Burstable RAM), 50 GB disk space, and 1000 GB / month bandwidth. You can order it here.
VPS for $4 per Month:
This is even more powerful VPS, and at very cheap price. It comes with 512 MB RAM, with up to 1 GB Burst RAM, 20 GB disk space, and 1 TB / month bandwidth. Order it here.
VPS for $5.99 per Month:
This is another powerful VPS with 512 MB RAM (burstable up to 1 GB), 40 GB disk space, and 1200 GB / month bandwidth. Order it here.
For more VPS offers, keep an eye on this WHT forum.
The prices of VPS fluctuate quite a lot, and all these prices are valid at time of writing of this article. It might be possible that prices nose dive further later :) So, go ahead and spend a few bucks, and have your own shiny new VPS.