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  • Why is Google Maps Platform API’s pricing so ridiculous?

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  • BusinessMag

    November 28, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    I was looking into Nearby Places API ( as I wanted to integrate that into something I’m working on. For the first 100K requests the cost is 32$ per every 1000 requests! So with free 200$ of credits I can only make 6.25K free requests a month. In comparison, LocationIQ provides an API which searches OpenStreetMaps data set and gives me 10K req/day for free or 300K free a month. Thats 48 times more than what Google is giving for free. This makes no sense to me. How is a company of Google’s size and resources not able to provide their data for a reasonable price? Is it because server costs are very high and companies like Location IQ are losing money? or is it because Google thinks their data set is too valuable to give away cheap? Any insights on this matter are welcome. – by /hq/abhiank – –

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