Monday, 18 August 2014

I sent a letter to my love and on the way I...bought a virtual stamp!


When was the last time you wrote a letter?  A real one.  Perhaps a postcard?  Or a greetings card, written with a pen, safely tucked up in an envelope, address finely printed on the front?  But then comes the difficult part.  Procuring a stamp!


Although the number of Danish post offices seems to spiral ever downward (while the price of Danish stamps continues to rocket upward), you can now access Danish stamps 24 hours a day.  Straight to your mobile phone.  It's a service called "MOBILPORTO".  (There's also an app if you're in the habit of buying large numbers of stamps...)  Anyway, you send a text/SMS to 1900.  Write the weight of the letter, whether you want it sent first or second class post, then the destination country.  So, when I want to send a letter first class to the UK, I write "20g A Storbritannien".  Or papers secondclass to Denmark would be, "50g B Danmark".


First you'll receive a reply, asking if you want to proceed with the transaction.  Once you reply "Ja" (after swooning at the cost these days of the cheapest first class stamp to Europe: kr 14, USD 2.50, UK£1.50...), Post Danmark sends you the virtual stamp: a code of letters and numbers, to be written in the top right hand corner of the envelope.



Quick and easy!  Then all that's left to do is remember to post the dang thing ('cos the code expires within 7 days.)! ;)



Still prefer the old school way and want to lick your stamps?  Never fear, you can still buy "real" stamps online from Post Danmark.  They have a webshop and will even post them out to you.  For free.  Imagine that - no pesky Danish postal charges! ;)


Diane

2 comments:

Eddie said...

Let's see if I've got this right....
You buy stamps, online, from Post Danmark.
They then send them to you, via the post, for free!
I can imagine "Dell Boy", (Only Fools and Horses), excitedly telling "Rodney" about this latest harebrained scheme and getting a huge laugh from the audience!
I'll suggest this to Royal Mail.
Keep up the good work, Diane.

Diane said...

I know, Eddie, it's crazy! But useful :)