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July 8, 2014

Uber: Time, Value, and Convenience—You Can Have It All!

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Exactly nine days ago, my friend introduced me to this online private chauffeur service called Uber. To be honest, I was quite negative about it at first. I didn’t like the idea of getting a glorified taxi service that required my credit card as a mode of payment.

Still, I downloaded the app that evening. Truth be told, it was a total failure since there were no “black cars” available for pick-up on the map.

Fast forward a few days later, I was curious again and said, “Why not give it a second chance?” And lo and behold, a black car came and picked me up 15 minutes after notifying them. It was an enjoyable decision so I decided that today’s Tuesday article should be about it.

What is Uber?

Uber, which started in San Francisco, California, is a venture-funded start up and transportation network company. The company makes use of either IOS or Android as a platform for their mobile application software (“app”) which then connects passengers to drivers of vehicles for hire. The company arranges pick-ups in dozens of cities around the world, and just recently in our very own country where it started its service last February 2014.

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Initially, Uber drivers had cars such as Lincoln Town Cars, Cadillac Escalades, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S550 sedans. In the Philippines, the cars vary from the Toyota Camry, Altis, Vios, to Land Cruiser, Jaguar, and Mercedez Benz to name a few.

The cars are reserved by using their mobile app. By using the app, the customers can track their reserved car’s location and even see if the car that is picking them up is on transit and know who the driver is. The only limitation is that you don’t get to choose the car that you want. But then again, the cars are all nice, clean, and cozy. If the car is high end, it’s just an added bonus.

Applying for and filling up the parameters to join Uber will take a few minutes of your precious time. However, once activated, it’s smooth-sailing all the way.

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Here’s a cool thing about getting or just trying Uber for curiosity’s sake: there’s a free P300 worth of credit. Simply input this promo code bqfhaand you don’t have to worry about paying a single thing.

Like their motto, “Anything’s Possible.”

So what are you waiting for? Join Uber now and have fresh change in your riding experience.  It just a tap away and you’re okay!


Photos from Rappler, e27, and Leah de Leon

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