Uber to deliver ice cream around Dublin

23 Jul 2015

If you’re in Dublin and you open up the Uber app on Friday (24 July), you’ll find you can do a little something extra than just order a taxi.

The company will be delivering ice cream around the city as part of a campaign taking place in over 59 countries, 254 cities and 6 continents.

Through Uber, Dublin customers will be able to request an ice cream van come to their home or office and serve traditional 99 cones from 11am to 5pm tomorrow. One request will deliver two ice creams at a cost of €1.98.

“It’s great to be able to bring Uber Ice Cream to Dublin for the day,” said Kieran Harte, general manager of Uber Dublin. “It’s a fun day which hopefully inspires us all to feel like kids again. Thankfully, even a bit of summer rain won’t dampen the appetite for ice cream among Dubliners.”

As well as delivering ice creams, Uber drivers in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur will soon be carrying around smartphones thanks to a new deal with Xiaomi that will see the Chinese consumer tech firm’s flagship 5.7-inch Mi Note device available to order via Uber on 27 July – a full day before the phone goes on general sale.

All Uber customers have to do is open up the app and use the slider at the bottom to select ‘Xiaomi’. Cars on the map equipped to deliver the new smartphone will be marked with Xiaomi’s recognisable orange colouring. Payment is charged directly to the credit card tied to the user’s account and the phone will be delivered within a few minutes of the order being made.

Dean Van Nguyen was a contributor to Silicon Republic