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Sweden is implementing an SMS-based postage system

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Sweden is implementing an SMS-based postage system
Email, SMS, and messaging applications are rapidly replacing our standard mail systems. But snail-mail still has its place from time to time. That's why Sweden is planning to implement an SMS-based postage system. Denmark is already working on their own SMS postage, which will launch on April 1st.

This system will allow the user to send a text message with their parcel's details, and receive a customized postal code in return. They then simply write that code on their parcel, and put it in the mail. This system makes a lot of sense, considering how rarely many people use physical mail. How many times have you drawn up and sealed a letter, only to realize you don't own any stamps?

For one thing, you won't have to worry about venturing to the post office for stamps, or keeping track of them. You will also be able to keep track of postage expenses more easily, because it will appear electronically, either on your wireless bill or an individual credit card charge. And finally, you will have access to postage anywhere you have your mobile phone.

There is some concern of potential fraud, but the Swedish postal service is confident that the codes will be no less secure than standard postage stamps. Sorry, stamp collectors. We think this is the way of things to come.

source: The Local via Engadget

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posted on 08 Mar 2011, 23:16

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

In the U.S. there is a service called stamps.com. It sounds like the SMS variant is an attempt by the national postal services to offer something similar that they control.

Other than cost, I don't see much that is special about the SMS variant.

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 15:52

2. SMS Postage (unregistered)

Really Droid_X_Doug? This is similar to stamps.com? This is like 180 degrees from stamps.com, and at the end of the day? Where do you think stamps.com is sending the money for the actual postage you buy? Ignorance is such a wonderful thing sometimes...

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