MyTeksi mobile app relies on GPS and Malaysia’s mobile infrastructure … a successful application used by many who depend upon Malaysia’s Taxi services, nationwide.
I downloaded the app for my iDevice, a couple of months ago, and started using it and have never looked back since — Calling existing cab companies in Klang Valley asking them to send a cab wherever I may be at, is a thing of the past unless of course I’m calling from the jungle — they often make you wait on-hold for up to five minutes if you’re lucky only to inform you that there’s usually no cab in the vicinity until you tell them to add between €2/- to €15/- extra, and like magic there’s always a cabbie eager to serve you.
Unfortunately when you’re living in the jungle, the possibility of zoning a cab is literally unrealistic. A good idea is to live amidst mortals, in the concrete
Hamid, arrived almost precisely within four minutes. The application is also a tracking device, and makes for looking at the number of cabs bidding to serve you. You’d reckon in an instant world, this is how the demigods move about. He had just subscribed to the app service thinking it would increase his bank deposits without first having a clue as to how it’d work.
Isn’t there a FAQ or Customer Service person handling that?
“Miss, do you know how this works?” He asked as he shoved his very new Samsung smartphone in my face. Eegad, please not that thing! I seriously dislike the shape, and design of everything Samsung.
“No” I quickly answered.
“Alaaa, tolong la Kak* … I don’t know how this works. I’ve just subscribed because a friend told me I could retire in six months” he pleaded with a thick Malay accent, still insisting I took the gadget and do what with it?
“What do you want done?” He looked at me and smiled. The cheek. I do not carry any smartphones for the past what, five years already or thereabouts, and out of humaneness, I fiddled with it. He still had the thin transparent plastic cling-film on the device.
It really is fugly!
Hamid wanted to know if the Maps were in sync with the app. No seriously, do I look like I even remotely care? So I suggested he called the Service Centre. He thanked me saying that he wouldn’t have asked had he had known.
He insisted I looked programmy — his words.
After about half hour, he was excited telling me from A to Z, the steps on how to set it up. I was sure he set it up well, or he wouldn’t have had the opportunity to get my booking. And since Maps was not configured on his device, he had taken a longer route to my destination instead of relying on the GPS, saving on his gasoline.
MyTeksi app fortunately has a gauge of how much your journey would cost, so even when he took the longer route, it was well within my budget. Overall, it works for the prosumer.
* — Ahh no, please sister …
* MyTeksi App
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