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

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