Uber Will Come Preloaded On Your Next AT&T Android Phone

by Brandon Russell | May 28, 2014


Uber, the everyone-is-a-taxi service, will be much more pervasive if you’re on AT&T. The company on Wednesday announced a partnership in which the service’s app will come “embedded” on new AT&T Android devices. That means if you never use Uber, too bad; it’ll come pre-loaded on your phone whether you want it to or not. AT&T, in turn, will be a key provider of wireless service to drivers in the U.S.; Uber currently serves over 60 cities across the country.

“Uber’s goal is to make sure that anyone can open the Uber app anywhere and be able to connect with a safe, reliable and seamless ride through the Uber app,” the service said in an announcement. Uber said it chose AT&T as an official partner to help expand its UberEVERYWHERE network, with an aim to further maximize coverage.

According to AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega, pre-installing an app on your phone is the carrier’s way of delivering “innovation” to customers. “With Uber we found a company that gets what it means to revolutionize an industry through mobile technology to give customers a new, compelling and valuable service and I look forward to what we can achieve together.”

AT&T customers won’t be favored by drivers, and there’s seemingly no consumer-facing benefit. But that Android phone you just spent hundreds of dollars on? It might come with an unwanted app (or two, or more) pre-installed for you. No wonder Google wants to take control of Android.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...