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CEP News review L-Mail
30th September 2004
‘L-Mail’ is a new hybrid mail service for the general public offered by QiQ Limited, a British internet software house. Since Tuesday, a special website set up by the company (http://www.l-mail.com) enables private individuals and companies to send mail internationally from their computers, requiring only internet access and a browser. In a first step, the user defines the letter format and composes the text.
Subsequently, the data is transmitted to a printing centre chosen by L-Mail, preferably in the vicinity of the addressee, where the letter is printed, put in an envelope and fed into the postal system. On request, the sender may receive a copy of their letter or an e-mail confirmation of its dispatch. In an interview with the CEP News, managing director Peter Harris said the L-Mail concept helped save time and costs. A three-page letter from Britain could be sent very conveniently from a PC to the US for 64 pence, while the cost of the physical transmission alone would otherwise be 68 pence. However, a first trial carried out by the CEP News reveals that other connections could turn out much more expensive than the letter post: L-Mail charges 99 pence – i.e. approx. 1.45 euros - for a letter from Germany to Austria, whereas a standard letter would cost only 55 euro cent.
Mr Harris said he intended to have eradicated such weak spots by the time the pilot period ends. Printing centres are currently located in Sydney (Australia), Madrid (Spain), Edinburgh, London and Leicester (UK), Ellensburg and New York (USA) and in Canada. QiQ Ltd. says further locations will be added continuously.
SOURCE: CEP NEWS
28th September 2004
L-Mail.com has launched! L-Mail is a new system that allows users to send physical letters via a web site and will often be cheaper and quicker for international mail than traditional post.
L-Mail.com offers consumers and businesses the ability to send postal letters via any Internet enabled computer through a simple web based interface.
Users of the service will simply type and format their letter in a browser, click submit before it's printed and put in traditional postal mail systems from one of an initial 7 locations around the world.
QiQ Limited, the developers of L-Mail, claim their service will save users time and money over using traditional post. International letters are frequently cheaper through L-Mail compared to traditional mail. For example, a three-page letter to the United States will cost 64p fully inclusive. Postage alone for a 20g letter from the UK to the USA is 68p.
L-Mail can be sent to any address on the planet via the initial seven printing and posting locations:
Australia - Sydney
Canada - British Columbia
Spain - Madrid
United Kingdom - Edinburgh
United Kingdom - Leicester
United Kingdom - London
United States - Ellensburg (West Coast)
United States - New York (East Coast)
Further locations will be added regularly.
With no need to buy stationary or stamps or trips to the Post Office L-Mail promises to be a useful tool for busy people everywhere.