The U.S. Postal Service has launched a new mobile application for iPhone users that allows them to use the device’s camera to scan barcodes on shipping labels for quick, easy and convenient tracking of their packages and other mail.
The application stores the label numbers so customers can easily recheck the status of their shipments. The scanner function is available on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad 2.
Users also can use the new app to schedule a free next-day carrier pickup of their packages. After scheduling a next-day pickup, customers will get an email confirmation when the request is made, when the package is picked up, and when the pickup request is modified or canceled.
You can watch a three-minute video of someone using the new App for iPhone at the website. Be warned that it is filmed as a series of shots that are the same fellow at tighter and tighter angles. (It looks odd at first, but makes sense as you go along.)