MapQuest is committed to delivering cutting-edge solutions to our customers by leveraging the most updated technology. As a result, we’re transitioning our foundational structure to the cloud and with this transition comes updates to our current offerings.

On Monday, July 11, 2016, our direct tile access to MapQuest legacy maps will be discontinued. After Monday, July 11, 2016, we’ll require those using our direct tiles access to sign up for a plan on the Developer Network. We offer a free plan with 15,000 monthly transactions and encourage you to transition to one of our four mapping solutions after transitioning to a plan:

Please find the answers to some of the questions we anticipate around these changes below. If you have additional questions about these changes, please email us at developer-services@mapquest.com or contact us via our forum.

If I don’t sign up for a new AppKey, will my service be shut off?

If you’re currently getting direct tile access, your service will be shut off beginning Monday,  July 11, 2016. We encourage you to sign up for a plan to access an AppKey and access our various mapping solutions.

Do I have to pay to sign up for an AppKey?

We offer a number of plans including a Free option. The available plans include: Free, Basic, Plus, Business, Business Enhanced, Business Plus, and Business Plus Enhanced. Each plan gives you access to a number of great features including Leaflet Plugins, geocoding, maps, forum support and more, and have transaction limits associated with them. Please see our plans page for information about each of the plans.

What are the differences between the plans you offer?

The biggest difference between the majority of our plans is based on number of transactions. Our Enterprise-level plan includes additional benefits and flexibility. Please see our plans page for pricing and additional information. If you are interested in an Enterprise-level plan, please contact us to discuss licensing options.

How are transactions counted within your mapping solutions?

A map transaction is generally generated under the following circumstances:

  • The initial load of the map when using SDKs such as the JavaScript Maps API, Leaflet Plugins, Mobile SDKS, or legacy Flash Maps API

  • There is a change in zoom level

  • There is a change in map type, for instance, a change from the default map to satellite imagery

  • The user pans and causes more than 40% of the displayed map to change (legacy Flash Maps API only).

  • A request is made to the Static Map API Web Service.

What if I need help with the transition to a new mapping solution?

Please visit the forums on our Developer Network if you have questions about transitioning from direct tile access to Leaflet, Mobile SDK or Static Map API.