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"Using Google Maps on your website? Google now want your credit card..."

Thu 03/05/18 at 10:04
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Google have just announced (and are also emailing users) that they are changing their Map API so that users need to have enabled billing (given Google access to a credit card!).

They only announced this on May 2nd 2018 so people are just starting to ask questions.

"Beginning June 11, you’ll need a valid API key and a Google Cloud Platform billing account to access our core products. Once you enable billing, you will gain access to your $200 of free monthly usage to use for our Maps, Routes, and Places products."

I can (already) see this won't go down well for lots of users. Many people, schools, hobby sites, etc. use a Google Map - I can't see them all being happy to give Google a credit card for this service. It's not clear at the moment if people with maps that haven't 'enabled billing' will immediately stop working come the 11th June 2018.

Something else to look at!
Hmmm...
Thu 03/05/18 at 10:11
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Digging around in the 'guide', I'm hoping this statement will keep things running for those with maps and don't 'enable billing':


Is a credit card or billing account required?

Even though your first $200 of monthly usage is free, all Google Cloud Platform services require a credit card and billing account, to cover any amount you spend over this free credit. If you are billed, we'll credit your account for the first $200 of monthly usage. If you choose not to add a billing account, there is a risk that if your usage exceeds $200 in a given month, your Maps API implementation will be degraded or other API requests will return an error. If your estimated usage will be above $200 a month and you don't have a credit or debit card to set up a billing account, a local Google Maps Partner may be able to help.

I'm sure Google could have announced/handled this better!
#DoNoEvil
Hmmm...
Thu 03/05/18 at 10:04
Moderator
"Are you sure?"
Posts: 4,954
Google have just announced (and are also emailing users) that they are changing their Map API so that users need to have enabled billing (given Google access to a credit card!).

They only announced this on May 2nd 2018 so people are just starting to ask questions.

"Beginning June 11, you’ll need a valid API key and a Google Cloud Platform billing account to access our core products. Once you enable billing, you will gain access to your $200 of free monthly usage to use for our Maps, Routes, and Places products."

I can (already) see this won't go down well for lots of users. Many people, schools, hobby sites, etc. use a Google Map - I can't see them all being happy to give Google a credit card for this service. It's not clear at the moment if people with maps that haven't 'enabled billing' will immediately stop working come the 11th June 2018.

Something else to look at!
Hmmm...

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