In a remarkable turn of events, Google has announced that it will start charging for accessing the Google Maps API. Starting from January 1, 2012, when more than the limit of 25,000 map hits are made in a day, Google will begin its fee process.
This does not imply that regular users will have to pay for the usage, but instead companies that use the Google Maps API in high volume to present map data will have to pay Google. It is believed that Google will charge $4 per 1000 hits in excess.
“We understand that the introduction of these limits may be concerning. However, with the continued growth in adoption of the Maps API, we need to secure its long-term future by ensuring that even when used by the highest-volume for-profit sites, the service remains viable.” said Thor Mitchell, product manager of the Maps API at Google.
via (BBC News)