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Sweden Replacing Stamps with SMS System

By - Source: TIME Magazine | B 20 comments

Sweden is going to replace stamps with handwritten codes that you obtain via SMS.

Stamp collecting is about to get a whole lot more interesting as Sweden has just announced a system that could eliminate the stamp altogether. TIME magazine reports that the Swedish postal service, Posten AB, is looking to launch a system that would see people pay for postage for letters and packages via text message.

The system, not expected to be in operation before the summer, will apply to packages and letters weighing under 4.4 pounds, or 2 kilograms. It's unclear whether Sweden has plans to implement a similar system for larger packages. People will have to text the postal service to pay for their postage and will receive a code that they're then supposed to write on their parcel or letter.

Denmark is also looking to put a similar system in place and will begin testing it out in just a couple of weeks, on April 1.

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    elcentral , March 10, 2011 1:28 AM
    i live in sweden and this is news to me 0.o.
    okey no more stamps now if only we culd use i dont know lets say E-mail an invention done 30 years ago
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    ricardok , March 10, 2011 1:30 AM
    Sure, send out packages around the globe with emails..
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    elcentral , March 10, 2011 1:33 AM
    yes i do understand you might like to send an object frue the postal service,
    but the main form of billing and paiments are still in sweden done by papper.
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    Anonymous , March 10, 2011 1:37 AM
    What is wrong with stamps? Now we would need someone to verify the code instead of just stamp -> done. Also some people have messy writing.
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    eddieroolz , March 10, 2011 2:20 AM
    Future Swedish stamp collectors will be scouring for SMSes :D 
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    okibrian , March 10, 2011 3:12 AM
    On April 1st you say. April fools maybe????
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    papaswedine , March 10, 2011 3:21 AM
    what about people without cell phones? a lot of poor people don't have them and that's primarily the people that will be trying to send notes/letters/postcards through the mail?!?!?!
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    Marco925 , March 10, 2011 4:29 AM
    Poor people in Europe can afford Cell phones, they're cheap. Landlines are expensive there.

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    sharpless78 , March 10, 2011 5:35 AM
    Marco925Poor people in Europe can afford Cell phones, they're cheap. Landlines are expensive there.


    It will only be an alternative method for paying, there will still be stamps.
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    vinnywong , March 10, 2011 6:20 AM
    What a great idea to save trees! I wish we have them in US. Why are we so behind in innovative technology?
    Although I have used a single for a year now. All my bills are paid online.
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    mman74 , March 10, 2011 6:40 AM
    You validate a stamp by franking it -How do you validate the code, especially if it is handwritten?
    Does someone key in the code to a system to validate it and stop it being used again? Surely that must take a lot of work is there some OCR software - and what if it is written badly? What if someone pinched my code? Could you get away with using one code to post two items posted in say two different mailboxes on the same day?
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    Silmarunya , March 10, 2011 7:21 AM
    papaswedinewhat about people without cell phones? a lot of poor people don't have them and that's primarily the people that will be trying to send notes/letters/postcards through the mail?!?!?!


    Wait. What percentage of Europeans does not have acces to mobile phones in one way or another? Nearly zero, especially in Sweden, one of Europe's richest and most prosperous countries.

    This is Europe. Not China. Not the southern US.
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    sharpless78 , March 10, 2011 8:51 AM
    mman74You validate a stamp by franking it -How do you validate the code, especially if it is handwritten?Does someone key in the code to a system to validate it and stop it being used again? Surely that must take a lot of work is there some OCR software - and what if it is written badly? What if someone pinched my code? Could you get away with using one code to post two items posted in say two different mailboxes on the same day?


    Most of the mail in Sweden is sorted by machines doing OCR already, adding another field to search would probably be easy.

    Regarding pinching the code, hopefully the sorting system checks for that kind of "errors". And pinching the code, it's about the same as stealing a stamp.
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    bayouboy , March 10, 2011 12:31 PM
    vinnywongWhat a great idea to save trees! I wish we have them in US. Why are we so behind in innovative technology?Although I have used a single for a year now. All my bills are paid online.


    You're joking, right? Look at the size of a stamp. How many trees do you think this saves? Not many. The server farms required to generate, store, and send all these postage codes need energy to run. All you are really doing here is offsetting the use of trees with other sources. This isn't saving anything. Trees are also a renewable resource.

    This is the complete opposite of going green.

    Online billing? Great! That saves tons of paper. A single invoice with envelope will make hundreds of stamps.
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    Anonymous , March 10, 2011 1:21 PM
    @bayouboy

    think again
    try go chop down some wood and make one, and you will quickly find out that there is a process involved when making stamps
    some stamps has been used together with plastic=oil=bad or chemicals...etc
    and how do you think that paper get stuck to an envelope?

    however, I believe the sms thing is simply the next logical step, no more, no less.
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    This is hilarious! Tom's, really, you can devise a method of preventing this spam. Don't allow newbies to post links for, like, two weeks. When links are posted, check them out before the post is saved. Lastly ...deny posts about Air Jordans of free shipping. If a post from a regular doesn't go through, we'll understand. :) 
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    Anonymous , March 10, 2011 4:16 PM
    Big Brother wins too - The "stamp" can be traced back to the cell phone that bought it.
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    Marco925 , March 10, 2011 5:02 PM
    LittleBrotherBig Brother wins too - The "stamp" can be traced back to the cell phone that bought it.

    if you think you have big brother beside you, you must be sorely mistaken.
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    bv90andy , March 10, 2011 6:50 PM
    Wow those old Swedish stamps that were collected until now will grow 10 times in value by next year
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    mayankleoboy1 , March 13, 2011 1:10 AM
    Quote:
    Big Brother wins too - The "stamp" can be traced back to the cell phone that bought it.


    just relax man. you are too wound up
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