Google Maps price?

andrunious

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Anyone have idea of what Google may charge? I feel like they can charge just about anything they want.

I actually feel like $9.99 wouldn't be unreasonable all things considered.
 

DeaconGraves

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I'd be shocked if it wasn't free. Google definitely has incentive to charge for it, but it would be very un-Google of them to do so.
 

Sedrick

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Google could charge, maybe $.99 max. More than that and people would tell them to go **** themselves.
 

essential

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I'd have no problem paying ($0.99-$9.99) for Google Maps, especially if it had turn-by-turn and some sort of offline route caching. Hell, I'd pay like $40-$50 for Google Maps if it stored maps on your device like TomTom/Navigon/Garmin. Google Maps are hands down the best and I wouldn't be offended if they weren't free, I'm more than willing to pay for a premium product.
 

sagar4995

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cant help but wonder why they would let it release for free... not that im complaining... but what possible gain could they get? who doesnt love profit! id think they would charge some amount, considering how apple maps is basically a joke at this point (from what ive read and heard so far)
 

GoCubsGo

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While I don't think it will be a fee-based app, I believe that if Google charges then they're only putting more money into Apple's product. I don't quite get Apple's logic behind not using Google maps now but they made a decision and that is that. As Google, I wouldn't give them any more money than necessary.

And all those who talk about Google and security and using maps through Google can be intrusive (saw that stated here in the last few days), using Apple's dictation and presumably Siri is like storing anything you've ever spoken on a server that can be accessed without warrant. Apple is somewhat open about this.
 

From A Buick 8

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I just do not understand the love affair with google maps. I never use it on my phone. For turn by turn i use motionx or waze. Now when i get the 5 i will most likely use the built in apple map program.
 

ctbear

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Dec 6, 2010
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I just do not understand the love affair with google maps. I never use it on my phone. For turn by turn i use motionx or waze. Now when i get the 5 i will most likely use the built in apple map program.
When you fire up the Apple maps you will understand the difference.
The old maps is not the best, but at least it uses the large data Google has been maintaining for years. The data set Apple maps uses is a joke.
I don't even want to bring up the built in Google Maps on Android.
 

alphaod

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Feb 9, 2008
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Probably free for the app.

Then maybe an annual $10 subscription for ad-free and turn-by-turn directions.
 

spblat

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It will be free. With services like Google and Facebook, you're not the customer, you're the product.
 

From A Buick 8

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When you fire up the Apple maps you will understand the difference.
The old maps is not the best, but at least it uses the large data Google has been maintaining for years. The data set Apple maps uses is a joke.
I don't even want to bring up the built in Google Maps on Android.
I have used it ( apple map on iOS6) on my 4 and for me it is just as useless as the old map ( google map on iOS 5). Without spoken turn by turn what is the draw.
 

ctbear

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I have used it ( apple map on iOS6) on my 4 and for me it is just as useless as the old map ( google map on iOS 5). Without spoken turn by turn what is the draw.
I'm sure you've seen this picture, but it pretty sums up with Google's large map data is so much better than the one Apple uses.