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briandnewby
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5/29/2014 | 1:35:19 PM
Re: partnership details
@SReedy I had the same question.

There are other elements of networks, too, I suppose.  When I was at Sprint Wholesale, John Donovan (then a consultant, now AT&T) pushed kind of an enabler concept with us, and so I guess there's that.  AT&T still has local and long-distance assets, although I can't see how they'd be used, really, in this example.

If it's just about phone real estate, hmmm.  I mean, the app can be downloaded pretty easily.

If it's just marketing spin, which is what it feels like, I guess that's good, too--"Hey, look urban hipsters, we're so hip our phones come with the apps you need, like Uber."

It's just odd, though, in that I doubt AT&T needs Uber's brand to sell phones.  Maybe the bigger picture will unfold. 
Phil_Britt
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5/29/2014 | 12:59:21 PM
Re: partnership details
I'm not sure how prevalent Uber drivers with Android devices are in other cities. The Craiglist ad in the Chicago area specifies iPhones.
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5/29/2014 | 12:06:09 PM
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Right. I think that will benefit Uber moreso than the drivers, as a lot more people will discover it now. Having it preloaded makes it more likely to get used than a competing service like Hailo.
DanJones
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5/29/2014 | 12:03:11 PM
Re: partnership details
They preloading the app across new Android phones sold from the summer.
sarahthomas1011
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5/29/2014 | 11:48:13 AM
Re: partnership details
I've had a lot of Uber drivers with iPhones too, but I suppose Android is an easier place to start. Nice for UberX drivers as well.
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5/29/2014 | 11:34:25 AM
Re: partnership details
Probably more about getting the Uber app onto vast numbers of new Android phones. :-)
sarahthomas1011
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5/29/2014 | 10:30:20 AM
partnership details
I'm not sure I understand what all the partnership entails. Uber is run from a smartphone, which AT&T (and others) already provide connectivity to, so how it is improving that for taxi drivers? Is it powering the TVs and POS devices in the backseat too (although that's not Uber...)?
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