For the time being, while in beta, the service is free, but it's a closed beta -- available to a limited number of private parties while we refine the technical and business specifics. We're working on the right fee structure that meets both parties' needs.
We'll certainly want to support you, and that includes making sure that you can build and economically sustain applications that thrive. On our side, we'll want to make sure that we can at least break-even, or better, on significant hosting and bandwidth costs, and serve users with the quality experience they expect and deserve. Let's be honest -- the API world is still in learning mode about fees. Pricing details will be much easier to predict, structure and announce once we see how it's being used during what may be a lengthy beta.
Our prediction is this -- the result of the two parties' needs is that our fee structure will be a modest but fair graduated fee, based on maximum number of queries allowed per month, rather like Yahoo's BOSS pricing structure. Stay tuned for more information here!
How Will Fees Work?
We'll be running a credit card for fees on a monthly basis. We'll have more to say here after a few months of beta.
Pricing Examples placeholder. We'll have more to say here after a few months of beta.