Just to prove that the rest of the world is living in the Stone Age, Sweden’s getting rid of stamps and replacing it with none other than text messages.
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They’re saying sayonara to the system: instead, to send a piece of mail, you’ll have to pay by text message. Users will send a text to the postal service, and receive a code. That code gets intelligibly, or unintelligibly, scribbled on a piece of snail mail, and voilà – it’s ready to be sent. It works for all mail weighing in under 4.4 pounds.
Denmark is pushing out a similar system April 1, but Sweden says that the system probably wouldn’t go into effect before the summer. But don’t worry about the Swedes pulling ahead – NewsFeed’s got a good grip on this thing called “e-mail” as well.
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