I have browsed Google's web pages about their new pricing policy for usage of their Maps API, but I can't find the answer to a simple question:
When Toolset Maps places a marker on a Google Map, based on the address information of the location, then I suppose this involves an API-call for converting the address information into the marker location. I need to know if this call is charched under the new pricing rules of Google Maps. And, if so, how much is the charge per marker.
A typical example of this, which I have been developing for a number of client sites, is the display of markers on a Google map for all dealers, community members etcetera, where the dealers/community members etc are stored in a custom post type which contains an address field.
If for example I have a map for a country where 100 dealers are displayed in the form of markers, how much would 1(one) pageview cost.
I cannot find this here hidden link. Also the Google Maps Pricing Calculator (hidden link) is not clear bout this.
I called with a Google helpdesk employee, who couldn't give me an answer. I told her if a company charges prices for their services, it should be crystal clear what exactly is the price for which exact services. She agreed, but she could not provide the answer. She directed me to the pricing calculator and a directory of Google Cloud Partners.
As far as I have figured it out so far, the process of putting a marker on a Google Map would be an act of 'Geocoding', but even a local Google Maps expert I contacted via the Google Cloud Partner directory could tell me how many markers are included in one Geocoding request.
So I am hoping Toolset can provide some clarity, for I need to make calculations for my clients of the costs of using this service, translated to simple answers such as: "After xxx pageviews Google will start charging for the use of this Maps application".