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Review: RocketTaxi iPhone App (and Giveaway!)

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Does everyone remember the featured iPhone Apps in the new US iPhone Ads that I wrote about a few days ago? Well, the good people over at Edovia wanted us to try out their Apps for real, and write about what we thought. First up is the Rocket Taxi App, and ass you’ll recall, I said it was “THE iPhone App you’ll wish you had when you get stranded after a night of partying, two towns over.”

I was firstly impressed that it had listings for every major Canadian city. Then, looking further, I realized it had listings for practically every town… so you can certainly rest assured, no matter where you’re lost whether it be Winnipeg or Cambridge Bay, you’ll have a phone number for a taxi company.

Upon start up RocketTaxi automatically searches and provides results for the Taxi Companies in your area, then you can choose which company you’d like, and get more details. Here’s an example for my Location:

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Of course, if you are not connected to wifi or have Edge/3G, all of the taxi companies are still stored in your device.  So you can still search by town and get a listing:

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This feature alone I think makes RocketTaxi a very useful App to have. But, of course, there’s more. The following features do work, but I am skeptical as to their accuracy for Canada – and the Route/Map function didn’t work for me at all.

Trip Calculator

This is supposed to provide you with an estimate of the cost of your taxi fare from your current location to your destination. You can also theoretically put in any two addresses and have it calculate the fare between them. Again, very helpful, but did not function correctly for me. Here’s an example:

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Firstly this is not my exact current location  – and that map is stationary, I couldn’t scroll, zoom or select an address on it.  Secondly, while it did correctly calculate the distance between that address and the Postal Code I provided (a Starbucks downtown Toronto), the rate was way off. From the Hamilton Cab website I used the rate they quote to figure out the estimate for the 69Km ride – more like $125.00 trip. Plus, the trip calculator only works when you have an internet connection.

So, all in all I think this is a useful App, but not quite as robust as it boasts. I’m certain that I’ll come in handy in the future, and for someone who travels often it could be very helpful, and definitely worth the $1.99 price.

If you think this App would be useful to you, then drop me a line! I’m giving away one Promo Code for RocketTaxi, which can be used to download this App for FREE! Please note – promo codes can only be used on the US iTunes Store,  so you either need to be in the United States, or have set up a US iTunes Account in Canada.

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  • Gary Killen

    Rocket Taxi apps is a good utility. However it brings up any company with the word Taxi. I got five taxidermist companies in addition to the real cab companies.

  • Gary Killen

    Rocket Taxi apps is a good utility. However it brings up any company with the word Taxi. I got five taxidermist companies in addition to the real cab companies.

  • dashparr

    Cool review. It is all about convenience. Sure we could go to a phonebook and find a number. Sure we could go to a wifi hotspot and look it up in safari. But hey, if they created an app for it, why not have it on the iPhone? You never know when it might come in handy. An app I like to have on the iPhone is “iPhone Aid”. I never use it, but that’s a good thing. Just in case I ever do need it, it’s there. RocketTaxi would fall into a similar category. It’ll be placed on page 7 or 8 on my homescreen. If I ever need a cab number, my app will be there.

  • dashparr

    Cool review. It is all about convenience. Sure we could go to a phonebook and find a number. Sure we could go to a wifi hotspot and look it up in safari. But hey, if they created an app for it, why not have it on the iPhone? You never know when it might come in handy. An app I like to have on the iPhone is “iPhone Aid”. I never use it, but that’s a good thing. Just in case I ever do need it, it’s there. RocketTaxi would fall into a similar category. It’ll be placed on page 7 or 8 on my homescreen. If I ever need a cab number, my app will be there.

  • Guest

    Great review!

    Cheers

  • Dusty

    Great review!

    Cheers

  • Shogun

    nice review! Very good app to have and one thing very cool is that it has trip calculator too! I can definitely use this!

  • Shogun

    nice review! Very good app to have and one thing very cool is that it has trip calculator too! I can definitely use this!

  • Momin

    sounds cool!

  • Momin

    sounds cool!

  • zorg

    just got my US account set up on the weekend — anxious to try out RT!

  • zorg

    just got my US account set up on the weekend — anxious to try out RT!

  • Tony

    Looks interesting, and it also looks like something that could come in very handy.

  • Tony

    Looks interesting, and it also looks like something that could come in very handy.

  • Tony

    Looks interesting, and it also looks like something that could come in very handy.

  • Ilya

    Enter me please, interesting review

  • Ilya

    Enter me please, interesting review

  • Ilya

    Enter me please, interesting review

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  • gerwen

    Sounds like a useful app.

  • gerwen

    Sounds like a useful app.

  • Try the iPhone Web App at TaxiFareFinder Web App

    The fare estimator works pretty well, but it doesn’t support a map. Their main site does though. I am hoping they offer a real iPhone app soon.

  • Try the iPhone Web App at TaxiFareFinder Web App

    The fare estimator works pretty well, but it doesn’t support a map. Their main site does though. I am hoping they offer a real iPhone app soon.

  • Try the iPhone Web App at TaxiFareFinder Web App

    The fare estimator works pretty well, but it doesn’t support a map. Their main site does though. I am hoping they offer a real iPhone app soon.

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