It’s hard to find a good cab nowadays especially in this time where people begin to take advantage of other people because it’s Christmastime, and it’s not the good kind.. You hear about the terrible things happening to cab passengers in the news almost every week, and that takes a toll on you..
At the end of the day, it makes you want to disregard using cab services entirely and just go with commuting the hard way: Riding a public transportation, shared w/ a lot of people. Even though it’s a hassle, it’s safer (though not 100%, unfortunately!) because you’ll be with a lot more people. Strength in numbers, as they say. Also, it’s a lot cheaper and you get to save a LOT of money.
So where does Grabtaxi come in from all this? They are a newly-established service in the Philippines (but they have been around Asia for sometime) that provides passengers an easier way to book a cab. This video will do a better explanation than I will, hehe. Plus, videos are much more interesting and attention-grabbing compared to reading.
Now that I have your attention (hopefully), here is my feedback about this service:
I was excited to try this out but I have not had the opportunity to do so (to book and board the booked cab)! HOWEVER, I have been endlessly recommending it to my friends whenever I get the chance to. So far they have good things to say about it.
Friend A (the first one who actually tried it from the many friends I’ve recommended this to) now uses Grabtaxi nearly on a daily basis. 1 out of 10 times, she’s experienced a problem with it though. Mostly miscommunication, but I hope the driver was not rude to her about it! She has no problems with the additional fee/s, and it hasn’t been an issue so far. Whatever the amount indicated in the app for the destination, it does not go beyond that — doesn’t get to the point where it becomes an unfair price to pay.
Recently, I’ve had a considerable time of experience w/ GrabTaxi. I helped booked a cab for a friend. We’ll call her Friend B. LOL. So that was the closest thing I’ve done to actually seeing what happens after I book from their App.
We ran to a bit of a problem w/ meeting our cab driver because the place where we asked to be picked up was unfamiliar to us. We had to call him eventually after because the timer went out and he had not shown up on the designated area for pick up yet. He was nice about the whole ordeal though, very chatty and accommodating a far as I know (per Friend B’s story).
Basically, what I’m trying to say is that… everyone has tried it but me! I could put a lot of reasons why I haven’t tried it though but it might sway you the wrong way. NOTHING BAD THOUGH! Okay, my reason is that I do not have the budget for it yet. I have gotten used to commuting (buses, jeeps, the MRT/LRT) and I feel like I’ll be doing so for the long run.
The last time I rode a cab was during a special holiday, so there was no traffic so I didn’t pay much than I usually would. Haven’t heard of Grabtaxi during that time too so I wasn’t able to use it.
Rest assured that as soon as I personally try them out, I’m spilling the beans here first! Way way before I tweet anything about it, hahaha.
Since they’re a relatively new company around here, they have these nifty promos just in time for the holidays. I feel like they’re a just bit too biased towards a particular network because their current promo only applies to subscribers of this certain mobile network. Hahaha.
Oh yeah, if you would like to try Grabtaxi.. DO IT NOW. Lol, everything is done through their app so you have to get that first. Worry not because the app is available in all the major mobile OS (Windows, iOS, Android) and will work with most (even the non premium models) smartphones.
You’ve no reason not to give it a shot.. unless 3G connection or wifi is hard to come by you, or or or you’re like me who hasn’t got the budget for taxis yet. Other than that, like I said earlier, no reason not to try it out. 😛