22 Jun '12, 7pm

Google Drastically Cuts Prices On Maps API Usage

Google is dramatically cutting prices for the heaviest developer-users of of its Maps API to keep them from defecting to other platforms. The company has slashed prices “from US $4 per 1,000 map loads to 50¢ per 1,000 map loads.” Since the new fees policy was instituted last Fall, there have been several high profile departures from Google Maps, including Foursquare and Wikipedia. (Apple bounced Google from iPhone Maps for a range of reasons , the least of which were fees.) There were rumblings about the fees and expressions of interest in alternatives throughout the developer community, especially in OpenStreetMap. There were also concerns expressed about the “predictability and stability” of Google Maps. In response — and just ahead of Google I/O next week — the company has simplified its limits policy and reduced its API prices for its highest volume Google Maps develop...

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