Uber-less Manila

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After spending some time in Bonifacio Global City, I finally realized that Uber no longer works in the Philippines.  It has been replaced by the Grab application.  I found this out as I was trying to catch a ride back to the Manila Airport.  

One good tip if your flying to or from Manila - plan your flights on Sundays.  Traffic is 10 times better when people are off and attending church.  To give you an example, I landed on a Friday afternoon, and it took me nearly 1.5 hours to travel 6 miles to the Grand Hyatt in BGC (metered taxi was 380P).  Conversely, the ride back to the airport on Sunday took only 15 minutes (Grab fare was 162P).  

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6 minutes ago, bows00 said:

I finally realized that Uber no longer works in the Philippines.

:smile: You dont read the forum or news much do you. 

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Last year all ride sharing companies were asked by the PI government to suspend operations for a few weeks whilst related legislation was finalised.  All of them but one complied.  Guess who didn't?  Uber.  They copped at least a 12 month ban from memory so they should be up and running in PI again by about November.  

I found Grab a little odd, particularly in Cebu; the app basically ordered a taxi for you.  When the Short Angry One and I were in Cebu, every time we ordered a Grab, a taxi would show up and meter us on the taxi meter.  

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14 minutes ago, Jollygoodfellow said:

You dont read the forum or news much do you. 

Yeah your right.  Recently retired for 6 months now, and my brain is turned off.  I'll be brain dead within a year if I don't find something to do...

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19 minutes ago, BrettGC said:

They copped at least a 12 month ban from memory so they should be up and running in PI again by about November.  

No, they pulled out of the Philippines and sold to Grab. 

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2 minutes ago, Jollygoodfellow said:

No, they pulled out of the Philippines and sold to Grab. 

Ah ok.  Just did some quick reading, they were only banned for a month then spat the dummy it seems and did as you stated.  

The disrupters were disrupted. 

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15 minutes ago, Jollygoodfellow said:

they pulled out of the Philippines

If memory serves, they did not like all the regulations that the Gov was trying to implement on them

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Personally, I think Uber made out like a bandit if they got a 27% stake in Grab in a market where Uber was failing anyway. Not to mention that Grab is a defacto Monopoly.

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A metered taxi, I thought grab was an app.

that gave you a upfront ride price.

 

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