Stuck somewhere in Cebu with no taxi in sight? Or are all the cabs passing by already hired? Or perhaps you’re in a very long waiting line at a mall with only a few taxis available? Check out these apps to book a taxi through your smartphone!
Also known as MyTeksi in Malaysia, GrabTaxi first launched at the Philippine capital city of Manila and has recently expanded to Cebu. Booking a taxi cab is as easy as specifying your destination. The app will then determine your location through GPS and designate a nearby, available driver for you. You can even see his location in real time as he approaches your location, the distance to your drop-off, and the estimated fare.
As of this writing, the booking fee (added on top of the metered fare) is Php70 for non-Globe subscribers and Php50 for Globe subscribers in Metro Manila. In Cebu, there’s currently has no booking fee on any network as part of an ongoing promo. In fact, GrabTaxi does a lot of promos and often waives or lowers the booking fee, as well as handing out cash rebates. Here’s a good tip to GrabTaxi users: follow their official page on Facebook for deals and vouchers!
The app is available on Google Play, Apple App Store, Windows Store, and Blackberry World. Website: grabtaxi.com/manila-philippines/
Unlike GrabTaxi, miCab is a startup that actually has its roots in Cebu. I’ve yet to try the app myself, but it apparently has a minimalistic interface: simply tap the Get miCab button, wait for a driver to arrive (with the option to send a message and call the driver), and ride.
Only Php10 is added on top of the metered rate as booking fee. That even entitles passengers with free Wi-Fi inside the taxi.
miCab is currently available in Android, with an iOS port soon to follow. Website: micab.co
Per the Play Store description, EasyTaxi is fast and easy (push-of-a-button booking), safe (well-behaved drivers guaranteed not to scam you), free (referring to the app itself, meter only starts upon boarding, Php70 booking fee), and has excellent service and support team.
EasyTaxi can be downloaded through Google’s, Microsoft’s, and Apple’s app stores. A web app is also available. Website: easytaxi.com
Know a new app for hiring taxi services in Cebu? Let us know in the comments.