Wikipedia moves from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap
Many companies that previously used Google Maps are now switching to alternative services. This is not because the service from Google suddenly became bad or uncomfortable, but because the corporation decided to make the service paid for those customers who work with Google Maps in large volumes. It is worth recalling that back in March, the Google leadership decided to charge a fee for those customers who access the service more than 25 thousand times a day.
In other words, if users of a service access Google Maps more often than 25 thousand times a day, then this service or company will have to pay. The issue price for such customers is 4-10 US dollars for each 1000 card downloads over a limit of 25 thousand. It is clear that this is a lot, and some old partners who previously collaborated with Google Maps began to look for other alternatives. Someone simply cannot pay, someone simply does not want to pay.
So, earlier Foursquare, Apple and some other companies and services stopped working with Google Maps. Now Wikipedia is rejecting Google Maps. It is clear that this service, existing through donations, is clearly not affordable for working with the Google Maps service. As a result, the Wikipedia management decided to switch from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap. According to Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap is an open and free service that is close to the ideas of Wikipedia itself.
Now the worldwide online encyclopedia has completely stopped working with Google Maps, removing the service code from their pages. By the way, the Wikipedia statement was made simultaneously with the announcement of the Wikipedia application for iOS.