StackMob Launches Module Marketplace, Now Offers Free API Calls

Janet Wagner, Data Journalist / Full Stack Developer
Nov. 14 2012, 10:00AM EST

StackMob, a leading cloud-based, mobile Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider, has just announced the launch of the StackMob Marketplace, a developer-ready API modules online store. In addition, StackMob is now offering a new pricing model that offers free StackMob API calls to developers. The new pricing structure is based on features used and not the number of API requests made by third-party applications.

StackMob Marketplace

Image Credit: StackMob

The StackMob Marketplace offers API modules created by StackMob as well as their technology partners. The starting cost is FREE for many of the modules offered in the StackMob Marketplace, some modules charge monthly fees for their use. The StackMob Marketplace briefly explains what modules are:

"Modules can save you even more development time by making it easy to install best-of-breed services and features into your app."

Modules currently available in the StackMob Marketplace include Custom Code, Facebook, Sendgrid, Twitter, and Urban Airship.

New StackMob Pricing Structure

StackMob has created a brand new pricing structure that charges developers and API users for individual services and not for API transactions. In the announcement, Ty Amell, CEO of StackMob comments about API transaction fees:

"API transactions are now a commodity, and developers are becoming more dissatisfied with these kinds of transaction-based fees. They don’t want to face a ‘success tax’ when their apps take off. With our new pricing, StackMob is leading the way in making cloud services a more viable approach for mobile app development."

Developers interested in using the StackMob API can get started at the StackMob Developer Site.

Janet Wagner is a data journalist and full stack developer based in Toledo, Ohio. Her focus revolves around APIs, data visualization, machine learning, and data-driven journalism. Follow her on Twitter: @webcodepro, Google+, or send her an email.

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