Using Uber while abroad

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  1. Efilon87

    Efilon87 Silver Member

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    I will be traveling to Manila this week. Has anyone used Uber while abroad? If so, how does it work with an US cell phone (I would dislike very much to get charged for data roaming). I have already contacted Sprint for texts/calls when I'm abroad, and obviously my data roaming will remain off during my trip. Suggestions? Thanks!!


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  2. OceanTrotter3

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    I've tried using Uber (Black, X, and XL) in China. I was using it with a local number though.
    In term of experience, it should be fairly consistent: water, Wi-Fi (for the most part), and charging device.

    For China, the drivers (even UberX) work for a company that contracts with Uber.
     
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    Did you have to go through the Uber app or was there another way to hire a ride?
     
  4. OceanTrotter3

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    Yup, just use the Uber app. I think that's the only way for you to get Uber. You will need to enter your phone number for verification via text. And then you are all set.

    Although theoretically, it should still work without a working/local phone number. In this case, you might be using Wi-Fi in your hotel, and when the driver is arriving, the app will notify you.

    The only downside for this is if your driver is lost, or if you felt the wait time was longer than expected, you won't be able to reach him/her. Since traffic in China can be bad, the ETA on the app is almost always shorter than the actual wait time. For the first few rides I had in China, I have received calls from the driver to explain that.
     
  5. greendx

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    Having used uber in a few countries I wouldn't recommend using it without having data/phone with intl roaming (i.e. don't order a car via wifi and wait for it without connectivity). The reason is that I've had drivers call me when they can't find me, cancel after I've booked them, etc. Issues that would be difficult/impossible to deal with without connectivity.
     
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    With Uber, drivers have to provide their own insurance. In the US, personal auto insurance does not cover for commercial activity, so it's a case by case situation as to whether you are covered when in a car. In other countries insurance rules and coverage can vary greatly, something to keep in mind.
     
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    I agree with the spirit of that, as the Uber driver in Cape Town started waiting for me in the wrong place (next door, half a block down). Still, with Wi-Fi, you can see where the driver is, and you'll still get alerted via the app upon the driver's arrival.

    Side note: Cape Town has Uber Chopper....was tempted to get that with the lousy CT traffic.
     
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