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RideCharge Mobile Puts San Francisco Taxis at the Touch of a ButtonInnovative Taxi Technology for BlackBerry and iPhone (February 02, 2009)
ALEXANDRIA, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/02/09 --
RideCharge today announced the release of Taxi Magic for BlackBerry in San Francisco and San Jose. Taxi Magic by RideCharge solves the biggest hassles in taxi travel: booking taxis that will actually show up, and not having to carry cash to pay for the taxi.
Thousands of San Francisco and Silicon Valley iPhone users have already discovered Taxi Magic for the iPhone. Taxi Magic eliminates the uncertainty of knowing whether your taxi will show up by providing real-time updates that the car is on the way, what the car number is, and when it will arrive. The "magic" is that RideCharge connects passengers' smartphones directly to taxi companies' dispatch and cashiering systems, letting passengers book a taxi instantly with leading Bay Area cab companies such as Luxor Cab, and Yellow & Checker Cabs of San Jose and Silicon Valley. Now, BlackBerry users can experience this same convenience.
RideCharge lets passengers pay the metered fare and tip quickly at the end of the ride by using their mobile phone to charge a credit card securely stored online, rather than having to hand over cash or a credit card to a driver. Passengers automatically receive an electronic receipt by e-mail, making it easy to track their taxi expenses -- a favorite feature for business travelers.
BlackBerry users can now get RideCharge by sending an email from their BlackBerry to [email protected]. iPhone users can download the Taxi Magic application from iTunes, and anyone can book a taxi online at RideCharge.com.
"RideCharge takes the pain out of getting a taxi in San Francisco. You used to have to hunt down a phone number and wait on hold only to be left wondering if the taxi would come at all. With Taxi Magic by RideCharge, you just touch a button, a cab is on the way and you know when it's coming. Our goal at RideCharge is to eliminate the uncertainty and make it easy to go by taxi."
-- Sanders Partee, President of RideCharge
"RideCharge is on the cutting edge of converting your mobile phone into a mobile wallet."
-- Steven Ascher, The Ascher Group, LLC -- RideCharge User
"Nothing is worse than waiting and waiting to flag a cab and when you finally do, you realize you don't have any cash! RideCharge has taken all the hassle out of the equation by finding me a cab and letting me pay for it with a few easy clicks from my phone."
-- Matt Jassenoff -- RideCharge User
"For years we've been able to book flights and rental cars online. Finally, someone has brought the ability to book a cab to the mobile Web. Now I know I'll never have to wait on hold for hours trying to get through to a Taxi company on a busy Friday night. A few minutes with RideCharge and I'll be on my way."
-- Lucy Keoni -- RideCharge User
RideCharge's Direct Connect Taxi booking and expense management engine has revolutionized how people book and pay for taxi service nationwide. Available in more than 30 major U.S. cities, RideCharge allows passengers to instantly book taxi rides at the touch of a button, track their trips, and securely charge their rides to a credit card. RideCharge for Business enterprise solutions help streamline corporate ground transportation costs.
More information about RideCharge is available at http://www.ridecharge.com.
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