Google’s Maps API remains free to the majority. However, Google started charging extreme users, websites that use the API to make a profit, and mobile apps that use the service.
Previously it charged $4 for every 1,000 page loads made by services and apps. Now, Google only charges 50 cents.
Google Maps API’s product manager, Thor Mitchell, wrote on Google’s geo developer blog, “We’ve been listening carefully to feedback, and today we’re happy to announce that we’re lowering API usage fees and simplifying limits.
“We’re beginning to monitor Maps API usage starting today, and, based on current usage, fees will only apply to the top 0.35% of sites regularly exceeding the published limits of 25,000 map loads every day for 90 consecutive days.”