Friday, April 30, 2010

Calling taxi by SMS

This new service will be on public trial from Friday 30 April (earlier trial on 26 April was shelved due to technical problem).

It will involve customers who hold a Starhub mobile phone. To get a taxi, use your Starhub mobile phone and send TAXI to 79797.  The taxi booking fee is $1.50 (off peak hours) and $2.50 (peak hours). It is $1 cheaper than the normal type of booking.

If a taxi is available, you will get a SMS. The taxi driver will call you by mobile phone to ask for the pick up point. If no taxi is available for 10 minutes, you will be removed from the Queue, and a SMS will be sent to you.

Watch this video for an explanation of how the system operates. You can also visit this website. (About 100 taxis have registered for this service)

Tan Kin Lian


Anonymous said...


mallim said...

I have been using iphone to do call cab. And it is quite convinient except for figuring out the exact location.

Anonymous said...

well done TLL

Anonymous said...

What is the fee for advanced booking. Currently NTUC charges $5.20.

Tan Kin Lian said...

Reply to 9:49 AM
This system caters only for immediate booking. It does not cater for advanced booking.

Anonymous said...

Lin Lian,
why only starhub hp allowed. I hold a singtel hp. why the discrimination to one telco only?


Tan Kin Lian said...

Reply to 2:33 pm
Only Starhub is prepared to join this system at present. The other telcos want to wait and see. I need their cooperation to be a partner of this scheme. So, it is not discrimination.

Vincent Wan said...

how abt taxi receipt? will it indicate the booking fee?

Tan Kin Lian said...

Reply to vincent Wan,
The booking fee will not appear in the taxi receipt for the time being. This is a private arrangement with participating taxi drivers - so it will not appear in the taxi receipt.

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