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Can you reserve a ride without a cellphone, thus no app?

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Anonymous
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 Posted 4 years, 6 months ago

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    amcbeth
    343 Rider Driver
     2 years ago  (edited 2 years ago)

    All of these posts don't consider that you can always use a friend with a smartphone to arrange the trip for you.

    Of course, the trip fee would go on his/her bill. This should be no problem among friends.

    It beats paying another service to do the same thing.

    If this won't work then a taxi is the best bet.

    I have had quite a conversation on Quora with a guy who had a flip phone that he insisted on using.

    He thought the goverment should make Uber assist those without smartphones and credit cards.

    The exchange went back end forth for several days.

    I finally ended the conversation by saying, "if you wanted to clean a window on the second floor and had no ladder, would you buy or borrow a ladder or insist that the goverment get you a ladder."

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      JeremyLen
      29 Rider
       2 years ago

      Hahaha, awesome. 

      Having a friend call is an option but I feel that defeats the purpose of Uber as the biggest advantage is the convenience, GPS, online payment, etc.

      (I suppose the price is a factor as UberX is cheaper than taxis.)

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        amcbeth
        343 Rider Driver
         2 years ago

        Jeremy,

        Smartphones are ubiguitous, the Motorola startek is the highest form of COOL.

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          JeremyLen
          29 Rider
           2 years ago

          I can'ta believe kids these days have never seen them. I owned one in college. Wish I still had it.

          Funny thing? Every phone since then has been bigger.

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    LG-PA
    810 Driver
     2 years ago

    I once drove a religious Jewish family and they told me that mmany of the religious jews are not allowed to have a smart phone, so they use flip phones to call a service that is specifically set up by smart interpreneurs to receive their call from flip phone and schedule a rideshare for them then that person calls them on their flip phone and tells them what car will pick them up, just like a regular ride where a family member from across country requests a ride and calls the driver to let them know who we are picking up

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      SteffGart24
      145 Driver
       2 years ago

      I feel like that defeats the purpose. They are still *using* the smartphone through delegation. This is like a loophole.

      I guess it's the same as having a secretary...but still! You are still using a smartphone!