Technology: Uber India on Tuesday has declared a new feature – Uber Dial, in which its users can book an Uber ride without installing uber mobile app. To book a ride, a user has to just visit their page – dial.uber.com from their mobile browser and request an uberGO and pay by cash after the trip.
Though, as per the official announcement from Uber, the dial feature is at present live in only 4 Indian cities namely Nagpur, Guwahati, Kochi, and Jodhpur.
“We’re now making requesting an Uber even easier. You can now request an Uber straight from your phone – whether you have the Uber app or not. Users have to log on to dial.uber.com from their smartphones, request an uberGO in these four cities and pay by cash,” the company said in a statement.
It is quite understandable that the move is aimed to raise its user base in country but the company declined to comment and only said that “the project is a pilot and will be expanded to other cities if successful.” The move also will help users without an Android or an iOS device to book cabs simply.
Although the company also refused to comment on the choice of the four cities, it is clear that it must have taken into account factors like networks, smartphone density and access. Last month, Uber tied up with Snapdeal to let Snapdeal user’s book a cab from the Snapdeal Android app. Uber’s rival in India, Ola went app-only in July 2015 claiming that over 90 percent of its bookings came from mobile phones.