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With Uber in nearly 70 countries and plenty of regional services around the world, it’s safe to say that rideshare is a global phenomenon. No matter which metropolitan area you’re traveling to or living in, there’s a good chance that your smartphone is all you need to request your ride. In Israel, Russia, the United Kingdom, or the United States, Gett may be your best on-demand transportation solution.
Israeli company Gett is the owner of two of the larger competitors in the rideshare industry — both of which contrast leading rideshare platforms in interesting ways. As Uber and Lyft continue to battle the taxi industry, Gett’s namesake app is actually providing taxi drivers with a new earning opportunity, while still supporting rider demand. Plus, in the midst of calls for better driver treatment, Juno (Gett’s U.S. rideshare platform) is committed to creating a better experience for both drivers and riders.
If you’re interested in weighing your options for the next time you need a ride or some extra cash, keep reading to learn how Gett and Juno can help you earn or get where you need to go.
- What Is Gett?
- Gett’s Acquisition of Juno
- How Much Do Gett and Juno Cost?
- How to Become a Gett or Juno Rider
- How to Become a Gett or Juno Driver
- Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Gett?
Gett is an international on-demand rideshare company that first launched in Israel as GetTaxi in 2010. While the company is lesser known in the United States, this launch date makes it one of the earliest contenders in the industry, predating Lyft and coming just a year after Uber.
Gett’s primary service — the Gett app for iPhones and Androids — is actually a taxi-hailing app that connects riders to professional cab drivers on demand. Much like Easy Taxi in Latin America, this smartphone app boosts the convenience of local taxi and black cab rides by helping you access cashless trips just by inputting your pick-up and drop-off locations. What makes it unique is that you can also select wheelchair-accessible, environmentally friendly, and XL vehicle options on top of a basic taxi with four seats.
The Gett app is currently available in over 100 cities across Israel, Russia, and the United Kingdom, including Tel Aviv, Moscow, and London. If you’re wondering how Gett can help you access rides in the United States, continue on to our next section to learn about Juno.
Gett’s Acquisition of Juno
Founded in New York City in 2016, the Juno rideshare app functions more similarly to Uber, connecting riders to nearby drivers in their cities. One of the main draws of this platform has been and continues to be stated within its main tagline: “Juno treats drivers better, drivers treat you better.”
As a testament to this tagline, Juno offers the best commission rates in the industry (taking only 16.67% of fares and 0% of tips) and only allows the highest-rated drivers on its platform. Drivers and riders also have three service options:
While Gett already had some presence in New York City, its $200 million acquisition of Juno allowed the company to transition all of its U.S. operations to the Juno platform. Despite the confusing, sudden change, this allowed Gett to hone in on Juno’s great reputation for being the driver-forward “anti-Uber.”
Since the acquisition, new regulations for all rideshare companies have limited Gett to accepting drivers with professional TLC licenses in New York City. However, everyday drivers can still earn in the New Jersey market.
The Future of Gett and Juno
It’s worth noting that the future is murky for both of Gett’s services. Gett is seeking a buyer for Juno, which reportedly began losing $1 million per day, and is planning to exit the U.S. market.
Even after this exit, it’s unclear whether Gett will truly be able to make a profit. Volkswagen Group, Gett’s biggest financial backer, recently decided to end its continued investment due to the failure of Gett to become a prominent rideshare competitor.
At least for now, riders and drivers still have the option to choose Gett and Juno for ethical improvements on mass market rideshare.
How Much Do Gett and Juno Cost?
It’s hard to say exactly how much Gett costs, since pricing structures and rates vary immensely from city to city. For example, in London, you’ll be charged on a meter (which can be tracked through your app) based on taxi meter fares set by the city. In Russia, on the other hand, trips in some cities may be charged by time, distance, or both, while others may offer flat fares.
Juno offers more consistent pricing structure that’s similar to Uber’s, with rates largely based on your selected vehicle type and your city. In NYC, rates are as follows:
- Bliss: $5.39 minimum fare + 50 cents per minute + $1.09 per mile
- Lux: $10.10 minimum fare + $5.22 base fare + 63 cents per minute + $2.05 per mile
- SUV: $16.16 minimum fare + $9.53 base fare + 85 cents per minute + $2.91 per mile
Juno’s rates in New Jersey are about 50% higher and include service fees that range from $1.80 to $2.35. Juno also charges high-demand pricing, which is their version of Uber’s surge pricing.
Time-based charges on both platforms begin two minutes after your driver arrives, and cancellation fees will apply.
If you choose to contribute to Gett or Juno’s Carbon Offset Program, you can add a small extra per-mile fee to every trip — currently 0.007 cents in NYC and 20 pence in London — which fully goes toward protecting and planting trees. You can opt in or out from the “Settings” section of your app.
How to Become a Gett or Juno Rider
Signing up to become a Gett or Juno rider is extremely simple. All you need to do is follow these easy steps:
- Download the Gett app (if you’re located in Israel, Russia, or the U.K.) or the Juno app (if you’re located in the U.S.)
- Enter your phone number.
- When you receive your confirmation code, type it in on the app.
- Enter your email address and tap “Next.” If you’re signing up on Gett, you should be fully registered by this step. If you’re signing up for Juno, continue onto the following steps.
- Enter your desired password, then tap “Next.”
- Type in your first name, then tap “Next.”
- Type in your last name, then tap “Create Account.”
To ensure you’re fully set up to request a ride, we recommend adding a profile picture on either platform by opening your menu and tapping the empty profile picture icon. You’ll also want to add a preferred payment method through the “Payment” tab of the Juno app, or through the “Add a Debit/Credit Card” tab of the Gett app. Gett and Juno both accept credit cards and debit cards, while Juno also accepts Google Pay and Apply Pay.
How to Become a Gett or Juno Driver
While the two apps function fairly similarly once you’re on either platform, the Gett driver and Juno driver sign-up processes are actually quite different. In this section, we’ll give you an overview of both sign-up processes, so you can easily complete them yourself.
Signing Up as a Gett Driver
If you’re interested in signing up for Gett, you’ll be required to have a taxi cab that meets your city’s requirements, as well as a bank account so you can get paid. For some markets, like London, Gett only allows black taxis. Once you’re sure you meet these requirements, fill out the appropriate sign-up form for your location:
Once received and reviewed, a representative will contact you with additional steps or to invite you to a welcome session.
Signing Up as a Juno Driver
While Juno is currently not accepting new drivers until further notice, you are welcome to join the waitlist for New York City and New Jersey by completing this sign-up form with your email, phone number, city, and preferred password. It appears that you can even sign up for additional cities across the United States, though it’s unclear if these markets will ever launch.
Because Juno boasts the best drivers, one special requirement of note is that you must have a great rating on another major rideshare platform to qualify. All Juno drivers must have completed 100 rides with an average 4.65 rating on the Uber app, or a 4.7 rating on the Lyft app.
As with other rideshare platforms, Juno requires all drivers to have a valid U.S. driver’s license, vehicle registration, and a bank account. New Jersey drivers must have proof of personal auto insurance and pass a background check, while NYC drivers must have their TLC license, TLC inspection report, and liability insurance. If selected from the waitlist, a representative will set up an in-person meeting with you, where you’ll bring your required documents.
Frequently Asked Questions
Even if you’ve already signed up with Gett or Juno, you may have additional questions about using the platforms. Here are our answers to some common questions to help you out:
1. What is Gett’s loyalty program and how can I join?
Gett users are automatically enrolled in Gett’s loyalty program, which allows you to earn points for when you complete rides, invite friends, rate drivers, and share your status on social media. As your points increase, you gain new titles like “Fan,” “Pro,” “Top Rider,” and more. You can track your current title just by opening your menu.
While none of these titles actually provide any guaranteed benefits, having a higher rank means you’ll be targeted for more deals that will make Gett even more affordable.
2. Do Gett and Juno offer sign-up bonuses?
Juno is currently the only platform offering sign-up bonuses. All new riders automatically receive a 30% off promo that expires in two weeks, a 20% off promo that expires in a month, and a 10% off promo that expires in eight weeks.
However, both Juno and Gett offer referral bonuses. You can learn about the bonus for your market by tapping the gift icon on the upper right corner of your app.
3. Where will I have to go for my in-person appointment when I sign up to become a Juno driver?
If you’re invited to an in-person appointment with Juno, you can meet your representative at a designated Marriott Hotel location. For New York drivers, this will be the hotel’s location near LaGuardia Airport in East Elmhurst. For New Jersey drivers, this will be the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Newark. You can get parking directions here.
Start Earning on Your Schedule
Gett’s taxi app and Juno’s rideshare app are both changing the rideshare industry by committing to fair pay and conscious efforts to help the environment. Whether you’re riding or driving, you can feel good about the platform you’re joining, while earning cash or getting the ride you need. While it’s unclear what the future holds for either of these platforms, you can depend on the services to fulfill your transportation or money-making needs today.
Interested in weighing your options before signing up? Check out these nine rideshare app options available within the United States.
Brett Helling is the owner of Ridester.com. He has been a rideshare driver since early 2012, having completed hundreds of trips for companies including Uber, Lyft, and Postmates. In 2014 he acquired Ridester.com to share his experiences with other drivers. His insights are regularly quoted by publications such as Forbes, Vice, CNBC, and more. He is currently working on a book about working in the Gig Economy, expanding his skill set beyond the rideshare niche. Read more about Brett here.