“Cell 411” Just Added Decentralized Ride Sharing, Beating Arcade City

Cell 411 Adds Ridesharing

Cell 411, Now With Ride Sharing!

As Cop Block founder and Free Keene blogger Pete Eyre said months ago, “Cell 411 is about to become your favorite tool“. It was true then, and now it’s even more true. Cell 411 is a killer app for smartphones and it just got better. Until this week, it was the world’s premiere decentralized emergency alert app. As of yesterday, Cell 411 has added ride sharing!

Originally launched in August of 2015, Cell 411 has since been installed 85,000 times, worldwide. Its primary purpose is to connect people with their friends, family, and neighbors in any emergency situation, from being pulled over, to a fire, to medical emergency. At that it’s been an incredible success, and it’s free to use. Now, by adding ride sharing, Cell 411 has gone to the next level. They’ve decentralized ride sharing even moreso than UBER and Lyft and Cell 411 did it without a single dollar from investors or publicity in advance. For those who have been watching Arcade City – Cell 411 has accomplished AC’s original vision while Arcade City’s app doesn’t even have ride sharing yet.

I’ve been a longtime supporter of Arcade City. Arcade City’s founder, Christopher David gave a great keynote speech at the 2015 Keenevention and is a blogger here at Free Keene. In its early days and through the summer I promoted AC on my radio show and became one of the top recruiters. However with the early September release of the current software, I was pretty bummed that ride-sharing was not included, and instead it was just a “game” involving earning and giving “karma points” to other people in the network. It didn’t make sense, especially since Arcade City already had ride-scheduling in their early 2016 app. Obviously the code from the first app could have been included in the September 2016 release and allowed drivers to get started giving people rides immediately.

Cell 411 Ride Sharing

Good-bye UBER, Cell 411 is here.

Arcade City had succeeded and building incredible buzz by moving operations to Austin, TX after the city council there drove UBER and Lyft out of town with their control-freak regulations. They made a facebook group, (since their old app had been pulled from the Android and Apple stores at this point in anticipation of the September-released app) and attracted 30,000+ participants into the group! The Austin facebook group garnered a bunch of media and even a police raid of the Arcade City offices.

Drivers of UBER and Lyft were understandably interested in Arcade City, which promised an app that would truly decentralize ride sharing. The original vision Chris David had was to cut the corporations out of the picture. No longer would UBER and Lyft (and their imitators) be able to control the drivers. Drivers would be able to set their own rates as well as accepted payment methods – cash, bitcoin, credit card, silver, or whatever. This vision would bring a new level of competition to the transportation business, while making it even harder for governments to target those involved with regulation.

Sadly the app that Arcade City released in September had none of that vision in it. Instead, it told drivers they needed to unlock their cities by trading around arbitrarily given “karma points”. As participants in some very active areas somehow managed to “unlock” their city, it became clear that there was no ride sharing to unlock at all – another disappointment from Arcade City. Not only do potential drivers have to “unlock” their city, but then they have to organize a “constitution” for their city. While I understand the reason for having people organize a “constitution” (it sets standards and makes the drivers look more legit), I oppose requiring the constitution, as it makes AC more centralized, which is contrary to the original decentralized vision that got me excited originally. Having to team up with any local drivers to write some set of rules for their area is centralized, and having to have it approved by Chris or someone else with Arcade City is even more centralization. Sigh.

Who knows how long it will take Arcade City to actually get to allowing people to compete with UBER and the rest. I consider Chris David a friend and I respect what he’s done with being the visionary for decentralizing ride-sharing. I still hope AC works out in the long run, however new and unexpected competition in the form of Cell 411 just totally ate Arcade City’s lunch.

Cell 411 is everything Arcade City was supposed to be. It’s decentralized, free, allows the driver to set rates and choose payment types, and has ride-hailing, profiles and ratings. It’s all available NOW. No tokens needed. No waiting. No constitutions. No approvals.

Cell 411 is the biggest thing to happen to transportation since UBER. It works and will only get better. It’s free and super-useful. Don’t wait – just go download it (Ride sharing is active on Android now and will be active on iOS next week.) and share it with your family, friends, fellow cop-blockers and activists, and neighbors.

Also, kudos to Keene liberty activists for doing the first-ever, historic Cell 411 ride. It’s only natural that Keene, the place where Cop Block was founded, would be the location of the first truly decentralized ride share!

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18 Comments

  1. While it’s no longer commonly used, a hitch hikers thumb used to be a pretty decentralized and constitution free “app” . Just sayin’.

  2. Isn’t Christopher David a scam artist from the west coast, and isn’t Cop Block a group that has members that shot innocent police officers while they were having lunch and then turned the guns on themselves, and another incident were a couple from Cop Block in New York sexually assaulted a young girl, then fled to Mexico and blew their brains out? That doesn’t sound like something that true libertarians would think was acceptable or would think that there is “no victim no crime” in these cases does it?

  3. I am hoping you guys in Keene will use it to kick ass and show the rest of the world how a free economy works. 🙂

  4. The only people interested in this app are freekeeners and copblockers. Christopher David has been in and out of trouble with the law. Not many would want to ride with him. It would also appear there have been more and more Uber drivers who have been attacking their riders. It’s in the news all the time. Yeah, I know freekeeners use 411 to summon the minions when they are confronted or start something with the PD.

  5. Milwaukee

    A “true libertarian” might not judge all people involved with Cop Block based on the allegations / behaviors you mentioned of some individuals.    For instance a person could be a current or former member or supporter of an organization, but their individual and independent actions don’t necessarily condemn a group they’ve affiliated with.

  6. Jumping Jacks You’re right, Jacks. There’s been far too much lip dibbling going on between these Free Keeners already. They shouldn’t be using apps to make that even easier  So what will you be doing about it, Jacks? It looks to me like you just want to watch. You like to watch, don’t you Jacks?

  7. Jumping Jacks

    So, when a person decides not to pay for a taxi license they should be left alone and not attacked ?  That was very libertarian of you.

  8. Milwaukee Following your reasoning, Milwaukee, wouldn’t it be equally justifiable to cast similar judgment against groups like Stop Free Keene or Keene Hates Heroin? For instance, Matthew Schmidt, Jennifer Schmidt, and Andrea Parkhurst Whitcomb are all known to associate with these groups. Both Matthew and Jennifer have had brushes with law enforcement and the court systems. Matthew has even been caught on video making violent threats. Andrea’s husband has a conviction on his record for check fraud. Is this acceptable? It’s very troubling that you decided to omit these examples from your argument, Milwaukee. I wonder why you did that?

  9. Drac Vermell Jumping Jacks Peaches, again your comments are not appropriate or on topic. Since you are a freekeene troll, I would think you could do better then that. I’m very dissapointed in you.

  10. WEEDA CLAUS Jumping Jacks Uber services are being taken off the streets. Look at the grandma who is facing $$$ in fines. Taxi services show a license that meets the standards of this industry. Uber drivers have no credentials.

  11. I only read these comments anymore to see what Ian’s pet trolls are going to complain about.

  12. Jumping Jacks Drac Vermell Now Jacks, if I don’t live in Keene than how can I possibly be a Free Keene troll? My goodness, how do you expect anyone to take your disparagements seriously when you can’t even justify you’re own reasoning?
    Oh and Jacks? you never got back to me in the last thread. Since you’re having so much trouble making a final decision on that new Jacksism of yours, can I throw another version into the mix just for kicks? What do you think of “lip wrangling?” Now I know you have a busy schedule and all counseling alcoholics and drug addicts, but once you’re done counting all your money, maybe you could try it out? Thanks in advance, Jacks!

  13. Jumping Jacks WEEDA CLAUS Now Jacks, many customers don’t appreciate the expense and low quality of service that has also become the standard of the taxi industry. That’s why many customers have shifted to using ride-sharing services in the first place. Once their competition has been dealt with, do you think that traditional taxi services standards of quality will improve, or remain where they are?

  14. I’m sorry it took a while to get back to your response because I had to look up information on stop free keene and keene hates heroin. It looks to me that these groups are just locals that are lashing out at Free Keene because of the way they seemed to be pissing off the locals. It looks like these brushes with the law pale in comparison to actual killing and sexually abuse of innocent victims. I don’t see the correlation between the two, in fact I see the exact opposite.

  15. Milwaukee No offense taken, Milwaukee. Take as long as you need to respond. I’m in no rush. Hastiness usually just devolves these sorts of discussions into pointless contests of name calling. There’s enough of that already in this blog.
    As for this lashing out business, I’ve noticed that most of it is undeserved. Outside of it being a minor annoyance to some of Keene’s more ill-tempered locals, Free Keene’s activism has been completely harmless.
    My only point was that if you’re going to criticize one of these groups based solely on their associations, then why not criticize their rivals for their own? Using this standard of judgment, could I not point out rightly that Stop Free Keene has an accused stalker, a potential murderer, and a bad check writer in their midst?

  16. Point taken. Why is it that stop free keene has taken a liking to you though?

  17. Milwaukee Judging by their comments, Milwaukee, I don’t think I’m any more than a passing fancy to them. Still, I really do find funny that, despite having revealed my identity and motivations on this very blog some years ago, a few of them are still far too pig-headed to accept any of it.

  18. Jumping Jacks WEEDA CLAUS The state has only one purpose with licensing taxis and that is to limit competition. It has nothing to do with safety. Taxi service is almost always extremely poor. One solution to that has been uber and lyft.

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