Uber taxi SA to offer free WiFi

Uber, the mobile-app taxi service start-up which launched its service in South Africa in August last year, is set to offer free WiFi for its customers.

The app-based service has teamed up with Orange Horizons, the South African arm of french operator Orange, according to an executive involved in the discussions.

It is believed that the trials have been successfully concluded, with the service to run free of charge, soon.

In April, Orange Horizons launched the initial research and test stage of its WiFi service offering in South Africa, partnering with Cape Town-based African Eagle Tourism, to provide free WiFi services within its fleet of vehicles.

On Thursday, Uber launched its low-cost option – UberX – in Cape Town, following the launch of the high-end UberBlack service in October last year.

Uber is available for Android, iPhone and BlackBerry 7.

The base fare for the UberX is priced at R5, compared to the base fare of R15 for the Uber Black service.

It carries a minimum fare of R20; a per kilometre rate of R7 and a per minute rate of R0.70. The Uber Black service charges a minimum fare of R50, per kilometre rate of R20 and a per minute rate of R1.10.

UberX drives customers around in a Toyota Corolla and Toyota Avanza, while the more expensive UberBlack service makes use of the Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.

On Thursday (12 June), the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco), also unveiled a free WiFi service for commuters on 3G and LTE (4G) platforms.

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