Comparing GeoIP Database and Web Service Pricing

The most economical pricing model for your business will depend on many factors, some of which may not be restricted to the price of the data. For example, some customers may not have the infrastructure to reliably host their own databases, while other customers may have business restrictions or agreements with their customers that require them to host the data themselves. Learn more about the differences between GeoIP databases and web services.

Pricing per-query versus subscription pricing

GeoIP databases may be queried as much as you would like for a flat cost per month or year, while GeoIP web services are priced per-query. Because of this, there is a cut-off point at which, all other things being equal, it is more cost effective to go with GeoIP databases than with the web services.

For example, the GeoIP Country web service costs $0.0001 per-query, and the GeoIP Country database costs $24/month. You would have to use 240,000 queries from the GeoIP Country web service to get to $24/month so, if you expect to do more than 240,000 lookups per month, the GeoIP Country database would be more economical than the GeoIP Country web service.

Volume cut-offs where database pricing becomes more cost-effective

The chart below is only for customers who are using GeoIP data for internal restricted business purposes. While GeoIP web services can be used for most commercial use cases under our online End User License Agreement, GeoIP databases require a commercial license for such use cases. Learn more about pricing of commercial licenses for GeoIP databases.

You can consult the chart below to find out how many queries of a given web service it would take to equal the cost of its nearest database equivalent. If your estimated monthly query volume for your non-commercial use case is greater than or equal to the value in the "Monthly Query Volume Cut-off," then it would be more cost effective to purchase the GeoIP database. If your estimated query volume is less than that value, it would be more cost effective to use the GeoIP web services:

GeoIP Database Closest Web Service Equivalent Monthly Query Volume Cut-off
GeoIP Country database GeoIP Country web service 240,000
GeoIP City database GeoIP City Plus web service 333,334
GeoIP ISP database GeoIP City Plus web service 80,000
GeoIP Domain database GeoIP City Plus web service 80,000
GeoIP City and ISP databases GeoIP City Plus web service 413,334
GeoIP City and Domain databases GeoIP City Plus web service 413,334
GeoIP City, ISP, and Domain databases GeoIP City Plus web service 493,334
GeoIP Connection Type database GeoIP Insights web service 45,000
GeoIP City, ISP, and Connection Type database GeoIP Insights web service 107,000
GeoIP Anonymous IP database GeoIP Insights web service Not Applicable

Premium GeoIP databases are priced based on use case. Learn more about premium GeoIP database pricing.
GeoIP Enterprise database GeoIP Insights web service
GeoIP Anonymous IP and Enterprise databases GeoIP Insights web service

The chart above includes some combinations of databases. For example, the GeoIP City, ISP, and Domain databases all bundled together include nearly equivalent data to the GeoIP City Plus web service. You can mix and match your own database subscriptions to figure out the volume of queries where it would make sense to switch to the databases.

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