Since I did an out-of-bounds test with a Lime scooter back in March, I decided to try the same with some of the new companies which are now operating in Vienna, especially since some companies also display (supposedly) ridable scooters on their map out of their service area. Here are my results:
You can definitely unlock a Flash scooter that’s out of bounds and ride it. However, it should not be possible to end the rent outside of the service area. But there’s an exception to that… if the scooter goes low on battery (and it actually might have 28% or more left according to the app when it does that), there’s a chime and the ride is automatically ended no matter where you are. However, the scooter still keeps on going (or being unlocked if under 20%) until it comes to a stop, then it locks. This way a rent can be ended outside of the service area.
You can unlock and ride a Wind scooter as well. I didn’t see any further limitations, but you should not end a rent outside of the service area because that will cost you a fee of 25 EUR. I don’t know what happens, though, if you end a ride outside the service area and then another rider comes along and takes it back to the service area. That’s what I did today although support told me yesterday that you can’t rent a scooter which is placed outside the service area… seems there were wrong on that one.