Apple Computer’s online App Store now offers a free version of the USPS Mobile application for iPhone and iPod touch mobile digital devices.
The new USPS Mobile application takes advantage of Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) capabilities, using the Locator function to show users the closest Post Offices, Automated Postal Centers and collection boxes. Maps and directions — driving, walking or mass transit — to the closest location also are available.
The Postal Service app also has a ZIP Code lookup, providing the ZIP Code of the user’s current location, using the phone’s GPS capability.
The Track and Confirm feature offers a visual monitor of the progress of mailpieces and requires inputting tracking code numbers only once. This means follow-ups are only one click away.
“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 Bob Bernstock, president, Mailing and Shipping Services.
The application for iPhone and iPod touch devices expands the Postal Service’s move in fall 2009 to offer easy-to-use functionality to mobile phone users (Link, 11/30). USPS applications for other Internet-enabled mobile devices are in development.