This is the time of year when a lot of people are going to be shipping Christmas presents out to friends and family. Have you ever wondered just where on Earth that package went to after you dropped it off at the post office? There’s an app for that!
The U.S. Post Office has an app called USPS Mobile. You can get it for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. There also is a version of the app that is compatible with Android devices. Each can be downloaded for free.
The app includes a Track & Confirm tool that you can use to check the status of Express Mail shipments and packages sent with other services. You can also use the app to look up a zip code for any address in the United States. I can see where that would come in handy! If you forgot to put the zip code on a letter or package, you could look it up while you are waiting in line at the post office.
Another handy feature of the app is that it will let you calculate a price so you can discover exactly how much postage you will need for the letters or packages you are about to ship. This can help you avoid potential family drama when the Christmas card you sent to grandma is returned to you because it didn’t have enough postage attached to it. Anything that reduces stress and drama during the holidays is a good thing!
The apps themselves have been around for a while, but it is possible that you hadn’t heard about them. Each has had a relatively recent update. The iPhone version was updated on October 17, 2012, and the Android app was updated October 18, 2012. It would be reasonable to presume that the apps have been improved since last Christmas.
This isn’t the most exciting video presentation an app. However it does a good job of describing all the useful things that the USPS Mobile app can do.