Uber has been used to transport a lot of things other than people.
But it is about to take its delivery system a step further on July 27th, when it partners with Xiaomi, a Chinese cell phone manufacturer. Xiaomi will release the Mi Note, its latest cell phone, in Singapore and Malaysia next week, and Uber will be on hand to deliver it to customers.
One day before the phone's official release, people will be able to place an order for the Mi Note to be delivered directly to their door via the Uber app.
This will probably be a big deal.
When Xiaomi released the Mi Note in China, it sold out in about three minutes. While it may not sell as quickly outside of its home country, Xiaomi has drummed up excitement in Singapore and Malaysia in the past.
This is also another opportunity for Uber to dip its toes in the logistics pool in Asia. (The company launched a delivery service called Uber Cargo earlier this year in Hong Kong.)
All orders will be charged through the credit card linked to an Uber account, just like a very expensive ride.
And when the phone arrives, it can try to guess your age.
Brendan Klinkenberg is a tech reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in San Francisco.
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