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Octopus Tablet

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momof4
7105 Rider Driver
 Posted 10 months ago

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Any drivers out there have any thoughts or experience on using the Octopus Tablet???

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    WWBlueStuff
    260 Driver
     10 months ago

    I looked into it.   I wasn't sure if the trouble was worth it for $100. It's not like the passengers will tip me better because of it. 

    Do you share your ad revenue with drivers?

    Yes! We pay you for driving and having passengers play the tablet, as well as referral fees for referring new drivers to our network. Full-time drivers can make $100 per month and referrals are worth $25 each.

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      mboscorelli
      251 Rider
       10 months ago

      Octopus is a bit different than Vugo in a way that it's basically just a game tablet with apps that people get to play.

      Happy passengers = Happy Drivers (and maybe tips?) is their game.

      How this is different than passengers' smartphones, I am not sure.  I guess the information on the tablet has to be intriguing.

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    RedANT
    969 Rider Driver
     10 months ago

    More work than its worth. 

    Are you willing to set it up everyday?

    How much time will it take to mount at the beginning of every shift, take down at the end of your shift, to charge, clean and maintain? 

    Unless you're making a lot of money, it probably isn't worth the time and effort. 

    Keep rideshare simple.  Clean car.  Fast and courteous service.  No extras, snacks, cables/cords, or drinks.  It just works.  

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    momof4
    7105 Rider Driver
     9 months ago

    Thsnk you all for the comments and answers. Appreciate it.

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    DonutDrivers
    239 Driver Driver
     10 months ago

    I had never heard of it, but upon looking it up I see that it's similar to Vugo.  

    I shared my experience a few weeks ago, but main points are here. (I am not sure if they have since changed or improved.)

    - It was buggy and took me precious time beween fares to set it up or proble solve.

    - Pax hated it because they couldn't turn it off.  You can turn it down, but not all the way.

    - They get dirty.  Another thing to clean between fares.

    - Made very tiny money.

    https://ride.guru/lounge/p/a-side-hustle-for-your-side-hustle-apps-that-help-drivers-sell-stuff-while-they-drive-angel-list#comment-6024

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      momof4
      7105 Rider Driver
       10 months ago

      They advertise it's free but as you get further into filling your info out there is charges. 25.00 if you don't drive X amount of hours at that point I exited out of it. Didn't read anymore. Was just wondering if someone actually used it and was it worth it. Thank you for the info.

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        DonutDrivers
        239 Driver Driver
         10 months ago

        I saw the Octopus how it's available free for drivers who drive at least 30 hours a week.

        So what happens if you don't drive 30 hours a week?

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          momof4
          7105 Rider Driver
           10 months ago

          They charge you. When I seen that I exited out and never looked back. Was just curious to see if anyone actually had tried it. 

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            chocolove
            53 Rider Driver
             9 months ago

            wow, they charge you? Interesting, I don't like being beholden to someone, hence why I drive for Uber - I work when I want.

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            DonutDrivers
            239 Driver Driver
             9 months ago

            Did you actually get charged for it?!  and how much?

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              momof4
              7105 Rider Driver
               9 months ago

              I didnt get charged. I did find out you have to drive more than 30 or 35 hrs per week or there is a 25.00 charge. So I will not be looking into it any further. I dont work that many hours most weeks. Its rare I do too slow here in philly not willing to take that chance.

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                PlayOctopus
                Rider Driver
                 6 months ago

                Hi Monica - we actually do not charge $25 per month! If you dip below the required 100 rides per month, we will just ask for the tablet back. We hope this helps, but feel free to reach out with any questions! 

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                  momof4
                  7105 Rider Driver
                   6 months ago

                  Thank you for the info. I'll take another look at it after the holidays. It will give me some more time to see if I am doing a 100 rides per mth. When I first looked into it things were slow but have been picking up more. 

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    SyedAli
    225 Driver
     9 months ago

    They told me that the tablets are free, which sounds all nice, but it's not like I get to use it.  It's still theirs and it's an advertising machine for them.

    With that said, unlike Vugo, it seems to offer a lot more entertainment and games and such.  I'd be willing to give it a try, despite the fact that I have some doubts on their claim that I'd get tipped more.

    I wonder if there are stats around that.

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    bleekman25
    74 Rider
     9 months ago

    I saw one of these in my rideshare the other day! I didn't mind it, maybe because it was my first time seeing one, it was actually kind of fun. There were games and stuff and you could win a prize. I wasn't doing anything else with my time so I was happy to interact. I feel like only stuffy passengers would mind them or maybe if you are traveling with a group?