Uber Driver App on Your Own iPhone
Uber is allowing drivers to use our own iPhone to drive on the Uber network. Uber started charging their drivers a $10 weekly fee for use of the Uber Phone. Now that they are allowing us to use our own phones, the fee makes sense for some drivers who don’t want to deal with another phone bill.
There is a benefit with owning and using your own phone. You can use this phone only for Uber and you can deduct any phone expenses from your taxes. Make sure that you use this phone for Uber purposes so you can deduct the entire phone bill from your taxes. If you are looking to buy an iPhone for Uber, you can deduct the cost of the phone itself from your taxes as well. To claim it on your taxes, you will need a receipt for the purchase in case of an audit.
Only iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, or 5S with iOS7 will be allowed to install and use the Uber Driver app, which is separate from their passenger app like Sidecar.
You can get the Uber iPhone App after filling out this form: http://t.uber.com/byod/
Below was the email from Uber:
Over the last few months, many of you have told us that you would rather use Uber on your personal phone instead of a separate device. Today, we’re excited to announce that you can use your own iPhone on the Uber system!
The functionality of the Uber Driver app on your phone is the same as the one you are used to, so you should not notice any substantial changes.
Right now, in order to be eligible, you must:
- Have an iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, or 5S
- Have iOS 7 (to check go to Settings > General > About > Version)
- Have a data plan that allows you to use at least 2GB/month of data for Uber
- Any major phone carrier (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint) will work
Please note, the Driver App is currently only available for the iPhone models described above.In order to get the Uber Driver app on your own iPhone and turn in your existing Uber phone, please come to the following phone return session:What to Bring: Uber phone and your personal iPhone (both fully charged)All above criteria must be met in order to swap your phone.If you don’t have an iPhone but would be interested in using your own phone for Uber, please fill out this survey telling us what type of phone you have. We will contact you when your device is supported.