Got USPS mail? There's an app for that!

Mobile application helps users find post offices, track mail

A new iPhone application that helps users find post offices and mail collection boxes is now available at Apple Computer’s App Store, U.S. Postal Service officials announced.

The free app for the iPhone and iPod Touch uses Global Positioning Satellite capabilities to locate USPS facilities. It can also provide maps and directions—driving, walking or mass transit—to the locations.

The app's Track and Confirm feature lets users track mail using a tracking code number and stores the number so that, when the user checks again, it's a single click.

The app also has a ZIP code finder that provides the user with the ZIP of the user’s current location using GPS.

USPS applications for other internet-enabled mobile devices are in development, according to the USPS.

“We want to continue our 234-year tradition of serving every American community, whether it’s in a Post Office, online or even over the phone,” said Robert Bernstock, the USPS’ president of mailing and shipping services.

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Reader comments

Thu, Jan 21, 2010 Postalcarrier Philadelphia

That's hilarious! They're removing all the collection boxes from Philadelphia by the end of the summer.The only boxes will be in front of the offices themselves. I guess you'll need an app to find a station though. They're planning on closing a bunch of them as well.

Wed, Jan 13, 2010 BigGoofyGuy East Windsor NJ

I think that is way cool. I like using the USPS. If I am away from home, it would be great to know where the nearest USPS is so I can mail things home or other places. I do not have an iPhone or iPod but it seems an app for my phone is not that far away. It has a great price; FREE. With this economy, it will make it appealling.

Tue, Jan 12, 2010 robbie Washington, DC

The U.S. Army released an iPhone app in December 2009. See http://bit.ly/4YGymA for more information.

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