USPS won't ship smartphones or tablets overseas anymore, battery chemistry to blame

USPS won't ship smartphones or tablets overseas anymore, battery chemistry to blame
The once proud, now embattled United State Postal Service will be choking off another revenue stream come May 16. It managed to lose $3.4 billion last quarter alone, but that didn't stop it to place a ban on shipping electronics abroad, including tablets and smartphones, which our military is so fond of lately, and USPS has always been so kind to them with shipping.

The reason, as you can easily guess, are the lithium batteries inside those gadgets, which under certain circumstances are pretty flammable, and the spontaneously combusting incidents mid-air, which have allegedly lead to losing two cargo planes since 2006, have tipped the scales towards the ban. Oh, well, there's always the private sector.

source: CNET



4. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Maybe if the USPS would stop KICKING THEM AROUND, they would stop catching on fire!

5. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Another instance where private businesses are better than government programs.

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I'll srick with UPS and Fedex and DHL then :)

8. mahony

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Yes, sending a smartphone overseas using USPS = $12. Using UPS or fedex = $172

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

not necessarily, it depends on many factors.

11. aarongzmn

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 22, 2010

It doesn't depend on anything. USPS has way better prices than any of the services you just listed.

12. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Agree. For what UPS or Fedex charge,you might as well buy a ticket and go deliver the package yourself. USPS offers great bargains for what they charge.

9. Tacticaltomato

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

If anyone here seriously thinks that UPS or FEDEX actually treats your packages BETTER than USPS, think again. I have seen first-hand how little care is given to customers packages. Even though USPS is a govt program, it could be worse, at least it is privately funded.

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