So I recently gave Uber a go after being told about it by some friends of mine. "You have to give it a go" they told me. Normally as a lover of technology, I am one of the first to try out new things but it was my non geek friends that got there first on this one. When it comes to taxi cabs, a taxi cab is a taxi cab right? Find out how I got on with my Uber Taxi Review.
What is Uber Taxi?
In a nutshell, Uber Taxi is a smartphone app that runs on your phone. When you need a taxi cab, you open up the app, press a button and a taxi will be there within minutes to take you home.
You can pre save destinations like home or work, so when the driver gets there he knows exactly where to take you. It can be linked to your PayPal or credit card, so there is no need to pay any cash.
You get a receipt and can leave a review after the journey about the driver, who took you to your destination.
Uber Taxis Features
- Link your PayPal or credit card
- Text Message Updates
- Driver knows where you are and where you are going
- Get emailed a receipt
- See who your driver is
- Rate and Review your driver
- Accurate Fares
- Cheaper than black cabs and contract taxis
Easy Sign Up
Text Message Notifications
Pay with Credit Card or PayPal
See the name of your driver
Rate your driver
Get an email receipt
Cost me half the price of a black cab.
Within three minutes I had been picked up and was on my way home.
Summary: We have probably all needed an emergency cab and then paid through the nose for it.
Uber saves the day and because it's linked to your PayPal or credit card, you don't need to hunt down a cash machine.
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Uber - Use It For Business
For me anyway, I tend to use taxi cabs for two reasons. Either for business, or getting me home after a late night. I work in a job that requires me to spend a lot of time going to customer sites for meetings. This means a lot of train and taxi journeys in various different cities across the UK.
There is nothing worse than arriving at somewhere like Euston Train Station in London, then having to queue in a taxi rank. I hate queuing.
In the UK, you can only get into a taxi that isn't a black cab unless it is pre-booked. That means, I have to contact a taxi company beforehand to arrange a driver, if the taxi cab isn't pre-booked, it's a black cab only.
I am not that important within the company, whereby they will prebook me a driver. I am also not that well organised to organise it for myself either. So getting into the queue for me it is then. I hate queuing, so when I first heard about Uber, I immediately thought about how this would save me tons of time within my professional life.
Add to this also the fact that you get a receipt emailed straight away, this again saves me more time getting one handwritten. It also means I don't forget to claim back the receipt from my company or lose it more like.
In London this is less of a problem. Most taxi cabs these days are equipped with chip and pin machines and provide computer generated receipts. Outside of London and big cities, it's a different matter. I live close to Manchester and most cabs are cash only and hand written receipts.
TOP FEATURE - Uber for Business
For a business user, Uber is perfect.
No need to worry when needing a taxi cab for business. Just fire up the app and one will be there in a matter of minutes. Get a receipt emailed too!
Use It For Pleasure
We have all done it, headed out after work for a couple of drinks, only to end up staying out way past your normal bedtime. At this point you are relying on public transport to get you home. The trains have normally long stopped by now and I really can't be doing with finding a bus stop at that time in the morning.
So if you are like me, you go hunting for a cash machine, draw out the money and then go black cab hunting. The usual exchange happens, "how much?" you ask the driver, you get quoted some ridiculous price, fall into the back of the cab, hand the dosh over and begin the journey home.
My first experience of using Uber came on such occasion. I had stayed out after work but when I analysed the damage from the cost of the journey home the following day, I was quietly surprised. The journey home cost me half the price of a normal cab ride, so for a change that made a nice end to the evening.
TOP FEATURE - Uber for Pleasure
For those late nights, Uber is perfect.
No fumbling around for cash points in the middle of the night. Open the app, book a taxi and get home quicker and cheaper than ever before.
How To Use Uber Cabs
It's straight forward really just follow the following instructions:
1. Click Here - you'll get a £10 credit towards your first ride
2. Enter your details, like email address, password, name, mobile and credit card number.
3. Then head for the place your normally download apps from. Search for Uber and download it.
You will be presented with the following screen:
4. Press SIGN IN
5. Then enter the username and password that you used earlier to login to Uber
6. Once in the app go into the settings screen and enter your home address, it makes it much easier when you want to book a taxi.
7. Click on the X and then from the home screen within the app you can book a taxi ride. The app will also give you an estimate of how much the journey will cost.
8. Once the journey has been booked you will receive notifications to say when the driver will arrive.
9. Once the journey is complete you will be emailed a receipt and then from within the app, rate your experience.
From start to finish the whole experience was pretty awesome. Uber has fast become an essential app for both work and those late night taxi rides home. Uber has radically changed things for the better.
It's hard to imagine how the internet and the smartphone have transformed even something as simple as booking a taxi cab ride home.
Technically Uber is the biggest taxi cab company in the world and it doesn't even own a cab. All the drivers have to be licensed like standard taxi drivers. If you are a licensed taxi cab driver, you simply register on the Uber website to get registered on their system. More information can be found here.
If you aren't a licensed taxi cab driver, then Uber will help you get setup. You can check out the Uber Marketplace to find out all the information that you need to get started as a taxi cab driver.
Uber Review Summary
Pros: Cheaper Taxis, quick prompt arrival - does exactly what it says
Cons: Not very often I can write this in a review, but right now, zero issues