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Static Maps - cost RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi, I am creating a free game for devices that like Pokemon Go, allows users to walk around on roads in their neighborhoods.

    Does Bing static maps have any limits to the number of downloads?

    If so, what are the limits and what happens we have go beyond the limits, do we have to pay?

    If it's paid, does anyone know of a way to do it for free?

    Thanks,

    --Mike

    Wednesday, October 5, 2016 3:36 PM

Answers

  • Bing Maps provides 125,000 transactions a year for free to developers. This means your application can request 125,000 static images in a year. Your application can load and display static maps, but it can't store them. If the user closes your app, then goes back and looks for the same image again, a new request for the image has to be made. This is a restriction in the terms of use. The only data that can be stored in geocode result data for use in your application.

    That said, I would recommend using one of the interactive map controls instead. The Bing Maps V8 control works in pretty much all modern browsers, mobile and desktop. It would provide a much richer user experience than static map images would.

    If you create a Windows 10 app, using the built in Windows 10 map API there are is a higher level of free transactions; 50,000 a day.

    Beyond these free limits you would have to pay. You can find some information about lower tier pricing here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/partners/bingmaps/mapapis/


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    Wednesday, October 5, 2016 5:46 PM