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For Tablet Users: A Solution For Randomized Numbers

Discussion in 'Technology' started by steveK2016, Dec 10, 2016.

  1. steveK2016

    steveK2016 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Atlanta
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    So I started my weekend of Ubering yesterday and discovered that yes, they have officially changed the system to randomize the phone numbers to contact pax.

    At first, I was upset. That was lessened when all day I was receiving non-stop pings. Didn't have a chance to feel upset!

    Once I had a chance to take a break, I looked up solutions and I found one.

    Tablet Talk - $2.99
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    Yes it's a paid app but if you are a tablet user, it's 100% worth it!

    What it basically does is when you attempt to make a call with your tablet, it redirects the call to your phone via Bluetooth. This bluetooth connection does not disconnect the phone from your vehicle's bluetooth so you'll still be able to hear and speak with that bluetooth connectivity.

    The beautiful thing is, that you just click "Contact" then "Call". It then open ups the Tablet Talk with the number inputted. You hit "Dial" and it starts the call on your phone. It even keeps an overlay on the Tablet where you can end the call from there. You don't even have to touch your phone ever again! Your phone can stay in your pocket!

    Text works the exact same way, you click "Text" and it sends you to Tablet Talk. You type your message and it sends the text via the Bluetooth, and when you receive a text on your phone it shows up on your Tablet., Beautifully written software!

    Two things to help you with your installation that I had to learn from trial and error:
    1. Connect your devices via Bluetooth natively (through the device's Bluetooth settings). Once they've discovered each other then go into the app and attempt to connect. They'll find each other rather instantly.
    2. Some devices with data plans already allow text messaging, so when you click "Text" in the Uber app it may take you to the default Text Message App. Go into your Settings, then Apps, then the Text App. Open Default Settings and clear out any defaults. Now when you go back to the Uber App and hit "Text" it'll ask you which app you want as default, with Tablet Talk being one of the options.
    Now the tablet will work as if it's a phone, using your phone to actually make the call and text. It basically mirrors your phone's capabilities. The number shown and received will be your phone's number that's registered with Uber.

    You only have to buy the app once on one device (as long as the App Stores are linked). Once you buy it on one, go to the app store on the second (both devices need it installed) and go to your "All Apps" option, you should see it available as "Purchased".
     
  2. jfinks

    jfinks Active Member

    Location:
    KS
    I have found the number change to not be an issue. I run my tablet off my cell's blue tooth. Calls still come in on my cell and I can message using the uber partner app to initiate call/text.
     
  3. steveK2016

    steveK2016 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Atlanta
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    Of course incoming isn't the issue but at least with my tablet, it won't let you initiate calls natively. I can send text as my tablet has it's own data plan but since it has a different number, Uber prevents numbers not registered to sent messages.

    Your tablet may already have a built in capability that's similar Tablet Talk, in which case, you are fortunate. For those that do not, this does it for you.
     
  4. jfinks

    jfinks Active Member

    Location:
    KS
    No, I am saying I don't use the tablet for any type of comm. The Uber partner app will run on the tablet and cell phone concurrently. Just use cell phone for communicating.
     
  5. steveK2016

    steveK2016 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Atlanta
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    You might have something built in that youre not aware of. On my android, if i try to log onto my phone while on my tablet itll prevent me from doing so. Theres no way to get the pax number to make the call or text from on the phone app.

    You got lucky if you can run the app on two devices at once.
     

  6. jfinks

    jfinks Active Member

    Location:
    KS
    Ya order of going online on both device matters, and if you already on a trip it won't let you. So you have to get them both online early. I don't have anything special on either. I generally have my tablet online and then the phone. Sometimes the phone goes online by itself because I rarely touch it through the time online and I will find that it is online sometimes.
     
  7. Smashup

    Smashup Active Member

    Location:
    Chimacum
    I've definitely seen that happen and it's annoying when it does!
     
  8. Charlie Schwartz

    Charlie Schwartz Active Member

    Location:
    New York
    Driving:
    UberX
    Update is good. Since the update I have never had a "welcome to uber. please enter the number associated with your account... (enters number) we are unable to connect your call because you are calling from a number that is not registered on your account... (untrue)"

    I was never able to contact pax in-app. Aside from google call forwarding, my phone is simply not connected to my tab. I plan on ditching my phone completely quite soon, but Uber is an obstacle to that.
     
  9. zestymouse

    zestymouse New Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Invaluable info... Thank you! How are you able to log on simultaneously with both devices? I've never been able to... is there a trick? (Android)
     
  10. Rufusruffington

    Rufusruffington New Member

    Location:
    Pa
    Tablet talk is awesome. I couldn't imagine ubering without it.

    With tablet talk, you don't need to be online with both devices. your tablet controls your phone via bluetooth, or wifi (your choice). all your contacts, texts, and call history syncs to your tablet and use just use that
     
  11. 781623

    781623 Member

    Location:
    Raleigh
    Driving:
    UberX
    I did not find Tablet Talk in the app store.
     
  12. Rufusruffington

    Rufusruffington New Member

    Location:
    Pa
    I can't link it (new account) but it's right there
     

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  13. Charlie Schwartz

    Charlie Schwartz Active Member

    Location:
    New York
    Driving:
    UberX

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