Wanna hangout with friends or call a family member to some location you are hanging out? You are not in mood to explain the address and clearly not in mood to book a ride and have conversation with Uber driver to annoy them.
Here's how it works.
You select which friend you want to send an Uber to and the app sends them a request. When your friend accepts the request, their phone sends the app a location pin, which Teleport uses to send them an Uber. The app then gives them the identifying and arrival information, even if they don't have Uber or Teleport installed on their phone (it works through a web app).
What is standard ride request process for a friend?
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Now, sending someone else an Uber is possible with the standard Uber app, but it's not a smooth process. Teleport's developers describe the hassle pretty well, which requires you to:
Find out where your friend is (which involves waiting for them to respond to your text, which, if you've got flaky friends like we do, could be 20 minutes.)
Check if they're ready, make sure they have pants on, et cetera.
Text them the car type, license plate number, and driver's name. And who doesn't love switching multiple times between the Uber app and text to make sure you copy everything right? (The answer is no one.)
Text them the ETA, because they definitely still haven't put on pants.
Text and/or call them when the car has arrived, hopefully in the right place.
If the car isn't right outside, enjoy jumping on an awkward conference call while you help your friend figure out just where that Swift Dezire ended up.
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Android Link is coming soon
Some FAQs about Teleport before you may use it...
Is this really teleportation?
No, this isn’t true, sci-fi style teleportation. We tried that, but people kept arriving with an extra arm growing out of their forehead. But, until science figures out that whole forehead-arm thing, this is about as close as you’re going to get.
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How is this different from using Uber directly?
Well, in simple terms, it’s a whole heck of a lot easier. I mean, sure, if you wanted to, you could:
Find out where your friend is (which involves waiting for them to respond to your text, which, if you’ve got flaky friends like we do, could be 20 minutes.)
- Check if they’re ready, make sure they have pants on, et cetera.
- Text them the car type, license plate number, and driver’s name. And who doesn’t love switching multiple times between the Uber app and text to make sure you copy everything right? (The answer is no one.)
- Text them the ETA, because they definitely still haven’t put on pants.
- Text and/or call them when the car has arrived, hopefully in the right place.
- If the car isn’t right outside, enjoy jumping on an awkward conference call while you help your friend figure out just where that Camry Hybrid ended up.
After all that, your friend still doesn’t know where they’re going or how long it will take. Some people love surprises, but a whole lot more don’t. Or, you know, you could just use Teleport. Eliminate all these steps, plus they’ll get a map and everything, just like a standard Uber user. Seems easier, right?
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But my friend doesn’t have Teleport! Surely this must be a problem?
Nah. They don’t even need to have the app. Teleport away.
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But my friend doesn’t have an iPhone! I’m totally out of luck, right?
Again, nah. They’ll get a link to a web app. We thought of everything.
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But my friend doesn’t use Uber. Betcha didn’t think of that, geniuses.
But we did. As before, they don’t need to have the Uber app to get Teleported. They can just use the web app we mentioned above.
This is so cool, do you have an Android version?
First of all, thanks for saying it’s cool. We think YOU’RE cool. As for an Android version, expect it in early 2016. Android users can still accept teleports however, so your one friend Sheila with the Samsung Galaxy isn’t stranded.
Can you teleport multiple people at the same time? I’m throwing myself a birthday party in 25 minutes.
We’re working on it, but for now, unfortunately, you can only teleport one person at a time. Happy birthday!
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Who pays for the Teleport?
The sender pays for the teleport. So if you receive a Teleport, it’s free. If you send a teleport, well, you’re a great friend.
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How do you know my friend’s location? Have you been tracking them for years!?
Whoa, whoa. Calm down. Your friend just drops a pin when they receive the Teleport request. That’s it.
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What does my friend see when they get teleported?
They’ll see an ETA on the uber and a map to the final location. They’ll also see the driver’s name, license plate number, and driver number.
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Does my friend know where they are being teleported to?
Yup. They’ll see where they’re going on one of those old navigational stand-bys: a map.
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Can I teleport anyone from anywhere?
Within a 100 mile limit, yes. We work anywhere Uber does. Which is all around the world. But, unfortunately, your friends in Juneau, Alaska are likely out of luck. But we’re working on expanding this radius.
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This is cool, when should I Teleport someone?
Teleport someone you haven’t seen in a while and reconnect. Teleport your tech-averse grandpa to Thanksgiving dinner. Teleport your mom to see your new apartment. Teleport your friend who’s too lazy to come out, even though it’s Friday, and that guy/girl they like is at the bar. Teleport that “special” friend to Netflix and chill. Teleport Leonard Nimoy somewhere, just because it would be funny.
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Does my friend have to agree to be teleported?
Yes. Your friend has to accept the Teleport request. Otherwise, this would be “kidnapping,” which is a felony.
OK, I downloaded the Teleport App. Now what?
Try sending a teleport to a friend, or add your friends who are already on the Teleport platform.
Why add friends if Teleport works with anyone anyways?
There are a couple cool extra features that will be enabled. For example, if your friend has location services turned on, you can get an estimate of how much it will cost to teleport them, and how long it will take.
Does Teleport work with Lyft or Gett?
We currently only integrate with Uber’s API. But we work anywhere Uber does. Which is all around the world.Most important links to check next ...
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