App based cab aggregator in India, Ola launches a new feature so that Ola customers can book cabs through SMS without internet. This is aimed at solving one of the biggest problem that customers in India face. Now you don’t need an active internet connection to book an Ola cab. All you need is to send an SMS along with your location and the cab will arrive at your specified location.

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Dubbed as Ola Offline, with this new feature you will no longer be dependent on an internet connection to book your ride.

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Ola offline is available across the four metros starting today and rest of the cities will get the new feature in coming weeks.

When you are offline or when you don’t have an active internet connection, Ola app will take you to the default messaging app in your phone. A pre entered text message can be sent by the user to the specified number. Ola will send back the details of nearby cabs through text message. The user can select the driver and book a cab using one more text message. Ola will inform the driver using the GPS location of the user and the cab is on your way.

The cab hailing services Ola and Uber are fighting it out to take the Indian market. With new features, both these companies are trying to take the leadership position in the market. Off late Uber has introduced host of new features for Indian market. Uber recently introduced a feature where a user’s friend can book a cab for him/her. Uber also introduced a mobile website to add-on to the options for the users.

You can download Ola app here: iOS, Android and Windows.