Requesting an Uber cab via the Uber app requires that your mobile phone be connected to the Internet for the request to actually go through. However, there are instances when you experience really bad network connection or no connection at all and you really need an Uber. There are a few simple ways to go about this:
You can escape internet connection problems by booking an Uber cab ahead. This is a useful tip for those who love to plan ahead to avoid unforeseen circumstances. By scheduling Uber ahead, your ride arrives as scheduled even if there is no internet connection on your phone. Your driver will text or call you once he arrives at your location.
Use Kommen app
You can download the third party app kommen that also calls Uber rides on your behalf. With Kommen, you can schedule Uber cab rides for up to 30 days ahead and even schedule up to 5 rides at once. You can also cancel scheduled rides at no cost to you. If your driver cancels your scheduled ride, even with no internet access, Kommen automatically requests another ride on your behalf. So schedule rides ahead and live worry free even with no internet access.
How to Schedule rides with Kommen:
- Download Kommen
If you haven’t already downloaded Kommen, download the Kommen app from the Google Play store here. For now, the Kommen app is only available for Android users.
- Sign in with your Uber account
If you are not already signed in, you just need to sign in once to Kommen with your Uber account, so we can call rides on your behalf.
- Open the Kommen App
You should be on the “Scheduled Ubers” screen now.
- Click the “+” sign at the top right of the App
To schedule Uber using the “New Uber Form” click on the + sign.
- Fill out the “New Uber Form”
- Fill out the following :
- Pickup Location
- Uber Type: (UberX, UberBlack, UberGo, and UberPool are some of the available options, depending on your pickup location).
- Click Schedule Later
To schedule Uber cab, click on the scheduled later button.
- Select Pickup time and date
To prebook Uber, select your pickup time and date, and you are almost done.
- Select your Backup Ride
If you don’t have it saved in your settings, you have to select a backup ride, otherwise you just need to click “Confirm Uber” and your scheduled Uber should arrive at your selected date and time.
In 2015, Uber tried to introduce a service that will allow users without smart phones to request an Uber via text messaging. This service however didn’t last long as it didn’t meet up to Uber’s vision for transportation that runs as smooth as running water.
To ensure you get your Uber cab ride just when you need it, schedule Uber ahead of time with Kommen.