Google Map links for their websites will be charged for heavy usage of the service
Google will charge Google Maps API Service from 1 January 2012 when limit of 25,000 map “hits” are made in a day. This will directly hit Travel firms, who use G maps to link customers to view the destination they inquired. it is rumoured that Google might be charging $4 per 1,000 views in excess of the limit. Google is Maintaining the high limit of 25000 hits free before they will be charging & that might effect only 0.34% of its API Users.
” Google said it was aware that developers needed time to evaluate their usage, determine if they were affected and then take action as appropriate. “We understand that the introduction of these limits may be concerning,” said Thor Mitchell, product manager of the Maps API at Google.
“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. ”