The United States Postal Service has introduced a new service that you may find useful or not. The Notified Delivery feature lets you preview the outside of incoming email on your computer or phone. You can also track packages and leave delivery instructions for these packages.
This was developed by the USPS not only for its customers. According to a FAQ on the Post Office's website, the USPS already creates digital images from the front of your letter-sized post. However, these pictures are only made available to the customer when the e-mail has actually been delivered.
Once you've signed up for the service and your address has been verified, the USPS will send you an email with up to ten images of grayscale images on the front of letters on the go. If more than 1
How useful is this service? Honestly, not very. If you would like a particular piece of mail or parcel to be displayed, the service can tell you the day it arrives. It can also be useful if you have a mailbox and want to be notified if you have mail there. On the other hand, if you find yourself receiving a mysterious letter from the IRS, you can spend the rest of the day thinking about what it says.
However, if you want to try Informed Delivery, follow these steps.
- Go to informeddelivery.usps.com and click the "register for free" button.
- You will be asked to enter your address to find out if you can use the service. There are two criteria: your ZIP code range must be in question, and your individual mailbox must be clearly coded (according to the USPS, this may not be the case for some apartment buildings).
- You are eligible if you qualify You will be asked to create an account with a username and password.
- After creating the account, the USPS wants to make sure that you really live at this address. There are two ways you can do it: you can confirm your address using your mobile phone, or you can send the paper to paper with a code that you can enter to complete the verification process.
- I have decided to confirm my phone. Unfortunately my phone number was not recognized by the USPS, and instead I was given a third option: I should go to a local post office and personally check my address. If you want to do this, click on "visit post office".
- You will then be presented with a list of eligible post offices where you can check if there is a notification. If you want to visit an address that is not near you, you can enter another address to find out where the next one is. (Note: Not all post offices can be verified.)
- If you know where you want to go, click "Continue to Personal Review"
- The next screen will display a barcode that you can use with the person show the post office; You will also receive an e-mail with this barcode. The barcode is valid for 30 days.
After confirmation, it will likely take two or three days for the services to be activated. You will receive an email every morning showing you what to expect in your mailbox when you come home from work or from school.
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