After a few months of my trial with Virtual Post Mail, I think it’s about time I completed the series with part 2. A lot has changed since I signed up back in March of 2010, and I’m anxious to talk about my experiences. If you haven’t read it yet, my first post called Getting Rid of Snail Mail Part 1 will give some good background info on why I chose VirtualPostMail.com in the first place.
I’ll start out by saying this: Virtual Post Mail totally rocks, and it’s only getting better. I’ve been blown away by their customer service, their web app has never failed me (Chrome on Mac), and they’ve added some killer new features that I’ll get to in a minute. But first, I want to talk about what impressed me the most.
Virtual Post Mail Called Me On My Cell Phone
As you probably read in Part 1, my only gripe with VPM was the lack of phone number on the site – I wanted to know that a human was only a phone call away. Well, they cleared that concern up really quick. I was on my way to a round of golf when a strange number from California called me. I hesitated before answering but was pleasantly surprised when I heard “Hello, this is Joel from Virtual Post Mail, how’s it going?”. I couldn’t believe they actually called me! Joel explained that he read my blog post and wanted me to know that I can call him anytime I have a question or concern about my account. Awesome. We also chatted a bit about the technology behind their site, and I must say, these guys know their stuff and are continually improving an already impressive web app.
My Experience So Far
When I first started using the service, I had just signed up for a bank account and was getting flooded with mail. I went over my receiving and scanning limit (I’m on the personal plan) and had to pay some fees, but held off from upgrading. My mail volume has since slowed down and the basic package is sufficient for my volume of roughly 5-10 items a week.
Scanning mail is surprisingly quick – I’ve had letters scanned in as fast as a few minutes, but it has never taken more than a couple hours at most. The quality is great, and I can save it to my computer for backup.
Forwarding mail to my real physical address was a snap, although one thing did bother me. I forwarded about 5 or 6 letter envelopes and a box of checks, and it all arrived in a small cardboard box. When I opened the box, some of envelopes weren’t long enough to fit inside, so they bent them to fit. Nothing was ‘damaged’, but the letters were definitely malformed a little bit. However a few weeks later I had one letter forwarded to me, and it came in perfect condition.
New Features: Email Image Preview and Check Deposit
One of the best new features is a scanned preview of the envelope attached to your new mail email alert. This enables me to view the mail on my phone, so I don’t have to wait until I’m at a computer to see what mail I’ve received.
While I haven’t tried the check depositing service yet, it seems like it would be pretty convenient. The only problem is that it costs $5, so I’d save it for those really big checks Plus, I’ve heard about banks starting to adopt the deposit by smartphone feature where you can instantly deposit a check just by taking a photo of it with your phone and emailing/txting it to the bank – so you could send in the scan from VPM, or just take a picture of the check on your monitor and txt it in. Ah the future is bright!
I’m Here to Stay
Virtual Post Mail has completely exceeded my expectations and I’m glad I chose them. I’m getting ready to move into a new apartment, and one thing I WON’T be doing is filling out a change of address form! If you have any questions please feel free to post a comment and I will do my best to answer promptly!