Yesterday we received a monthly bill for Google Maps layer calculated with new pricing system - we had 1500% rise (15X, from $1400 to $21000+). As it was stated, Wikimapia cannot spend so much as it has much lesser income.
Sorry, we are starting to restrict use of Google Maps layer. We are working on one solution that will allow anyone use it's own key from Google maps for personal use on Wikimapia, I hope it will work without breaking Google Maps TOS (https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/terms/).
I will publish personal key for WM guide.
Starting from May 2018 we received letters from Google Maps about changes in prices for its services. We didn’t have any worries as these letters noticed significantly discounted price for our big volume.
-“You are eligible for a significantly discounted price on your monthly bill, based on your usage over the last three months.”
When it comes closely to the date of price change we contacted Google maps representative and found out that the “discounted price” will have 800% increase (8 times) compare to the current payments. The “discount” had meaning that we won’t be paying 1500% more, but only 800%. We tried to convince Google Maps representative to leave the payments unchanged offering collaboration and data. We had no success.
Unfortunately, from July, 16 we won’t have Google Maps satellite or map images on Wikimapia as we could not afford paying for them.
We are not desperate, Google may come that it was a bad move to raise prices so high, or we will, sooner or later, find out other satellite providers with lower usage costs.
Also we will try to find solutions on how to bring money resources to Wikimapia for its development and satellite imagery.
Again, we are sorry for this situation, we are doing our best,
Alexandre Koriakine and Evgeniy Saveliev
P.s. “There’s no point in acting surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for 50 of your Earth years, so you’ve had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint and it’s far too late to start making a fuss about it now.” @Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
We (all who uses Google Maps) were credited by Google for two more months, so the Google imagery layer is not going to be turned off today.
Today, 27 march at 17:00:00 UTC/GMT (20:00:00 MSK UTC+3) we will have server upgrades, Wikimapia will be set to read-only for 5-6 hours.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
Yesterday Google finally introduced load limits for Google map layer. We faced these limits and even on simple paid account we will continue to have limitations until we find a way to remove the limit.
Reset time for Google map limit is midnight Pacific Time (00-00 PT, 09-00 Paris, 10-00 Msk).
Thank you for your understanding.
Starting from May 13th at 7:00AM PDT UTC-7 (17:00:00 MSK UTC+3) we will have server upgrades, Wikimapia will not be accessible for few hours.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
I would like to present Wikimapia Android Application to use on your mobile phone or pad. This first version offers you to browse Wikimapia places and view information about them. Map editing functions will be available in next versions.
Notice that we have an iOS (for Apple products) App that already has map edit functions.
Application may be downloaded at Google play freely, just search Wikimapia or use the link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... ia.android
For many of you 2014 will start on January, 1. And on the New Year Eve our team would like to thank all of you who supported us during this year. All of those who shared their knoweledge about the world surrounding us. All of those who translated Wikimapia into hundreds of languages. All of those who protected it from vandals.
You made it possible for the millions of people to use Wikimapia which helps them solve various tasks - search, find and sometimes literally save lives.
We wish to remain one big team and continue describing the world together!
Wikimapia wishes you a very happy New Year!