Postcards from mobile phone direct to letter box
New service from Vodafone D2 and Deutsche PostBonn, 03/18/2003, 10:30 AM CET
Mobile telephones can also take photographs. MMS is the name of the service with which photos taken by a camera-phone are easily sent to another mobile phone supporting this service function, or to an email address. With immediate effect these mobile phone snapshots can also be delivered to the correct letter box. Apart from an MMS mobile phone, Vodafone D2 customers merely require a postal address, the photo greetings then simply arrive in the form of a postcard. A co-operation between Vodafone D2 and Deutsche Post makes this possible. The new service was first presented during the CeBIT 2003 exhibition in Hanover, Germany, and within five days already had over 3,700 users.
A holiday postcard can hardly be more original and individual. Simply take a photo of a favourite motif using the Vodafone mobile phone and then just enter the recipient's address and message, with a maximum of 350 characters. The virtual greeting is then sent via MMS to the address firstname.lastname@example.org. Deutsche Post's Funcard service then automatically prints the text and the address onto a postcard, and optimises and positions the photo onto the front. The personal photo greeting usually arrives at the recipient's letter box within forty-eight hours.