Keeping in touch with people around the world has become much easier thanks to the myriad of digital services out there that keep us in touch – like email, instant messaging, and text messaging. Unfortunately for those who still rely on the traditional mailing system, it's proving to be difficult in being maintained as less people rely on the service. In Australia, they're actually in the process of bringing out a new concept that would ditch the idea of a postman hand delivering mail to your doorstep and opt to put in place an SMS service that'll text you whenever there is mail for you. The new system would require residents to travel to “community hubs” where they'll have to swipe cards and pin codes to pick up their mail after they've been notified through SMS that something has come in. These community hubs are even large enough to accommodate A4 envelopes as well – so there will be plenty of room for all your mail. Although the service may not be fully adopted or embraced by everyone, the idea of notifying you through SMS looks promising – but we'd suspect that junk mail would cause you to disregard most of the notifications. Unless that's taken care of, which is doubtful, then it would most likely be a better option to send a text whenever real mail actually comes in.
source: Herald Sun