Stamps To Be Replaced By Text Messages

Well, not exactly.  That headline doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, to be sure.  It works like this: First, customers pay for postage by sending a text. They’ll receive a reply that includes a code to be written on a package as proof of postage payment.  Officials have yet to finalize plans and don’t expect it be launched before summer.  In other words, this may not be viable at all.

I see a few problems with this approach.  First, the impetus supposedly is that Sweden (and Denmark, they want to try it too) is looking for new ways to convince its citizens to send more letters, but they also want to ease the lives of its citizens.  That is admirable, but if you are going to go through the trouble to write a letter, is buying and applying stamps a deal breaker?

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