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Canadians using Lyft/Uber in Las Vegas

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by tmoney25, Apr 28, 2017.

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  1. tmoney25

    tmoney25 High-Roller

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    Do many Canadians use either ride share company when in town?

    Is it hard to setup?

    What about data on your phone? Do you buy the special coverage from your provider?

    Tell me the ins and outs. It just seems way too convenient and cheap to use to not give it a try.

    Anything to be aware of?
     
  2. breanna61

    breanna61 Super Moderator

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    I use Uber all the time in Vegas; cabs are dead to me. Very simple to use; download the app, put in your payment method info and you are set. I have a roam like home provider so no problem there either.
     
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  3. jh46

    jh46 Low-Roller

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    I used Uber/ Lyft for the first time on my last trip in October 2016. I didn't have a data plan because it was very expensive then. I was a little leery about being able to do it just using free wifi but was happily surprised at how easy it was. I, along with my sister and BIL, had no problems booking with Uber/Lyft using wifi at the airport, Flamingo (or maybe it was the Linq), Orleans, Excalibur, and the Premium Outlets North. All Mlife and CET have free wifi in their casinos now and so now do a lot of Boyd properties downtown as well I hear. The only thing is some places, the wifi doesn't extend outside in the rideshare area so you have to order while still inside but seeing as they tell you the car make/model, colour, and plate number (if I remember correctly), it really wasn't a problem watching for my ride. The only problem we ran into (and it wasn't that big of a deal) was that some of the drivers didn't know where the pickup area was or maybe because they couldn't "see" us because of no data, so they phoned a few times to locate us which means long distance charges. Luckily, it was only when my sister booked it so no long distance charges for me! :evillaugh:
     
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  4. phantomfj

    phantomfj High-Roller

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    I've used lyft/uber every since they started operating in vegas, my only issue seems to be the pickup locations seem to confuse some drivers (or maybe me?..lol), especially at off strip locations. I used to buy Roam mobility packages for my trips, but the service was so bad the last time I gave up on them. Now my Koodo prepaid has US options( you prepay for the minutes, data or text message package...they never expire) that worked very well on my last trip.....just do some research, most canadian providers are better than they once were.
     
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  5. Marilynfan

    Marilynfan High-Roller

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    Oh you didn't like Roam? I bought a card and was going to give it a try with a data only plan for my next trip. I had some issues getting wifi only to work in a few places on my last Vegas trip. I have a prepaid plan so have no option for US roaming any other way.
     
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  6. phantomfj

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    Roam worked fairly well the first few times I used it, then the last time it took about 2 days to actually connect, and it was real spotty the whole week we were there.Good thing my better half had got a package through her provider. The only way to access their help was online, hello if I can't connect I can't get online! I'm not about to spend half my vacation screwing around with tech that doesn't work. Also, they changed their renewal period to 6 months (I heard it is back to a year now).
    As I said, my Koodo prepaid now has US options and it worked great the last trip, so bye bye Roam. But since you bought the card you might as well try, maybe it was just a bad time......they blamed it on network upgrades, maybe......just research the settings beforehand, you might have to change some APN settings on your phone too
     
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  7. BarelyHangingOn

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    I just use the hotes wifi to call the ride and explain to the driver that I will rate him/her when I get wifi again after the stop and they have all been fine with it.
     
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  8. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    Avoid Roam. It used to be great, but now they suck since they got bought out. Constant complaints since last fall of people not able to get their service working for days if at all. Complete disaster! Sad!
     
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  9. Nevyn

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    It is very easy to set up. It will use some data. You can call uber using wifi instead if it is in the casino, but you will need wifi at the other end to see the final cost and rate the driver.

    I am with Koodo and get US roaming packages anyway. Not the best deal on the planet, but not the worst.
     
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