New Zealand Stops Stoppage Of Telegrams, STOP
from the next-up:-telegram-spam dept
Earlier this year, Western Union finally decided to stop offering a telegram service, and almost no one noticed because, really, who sends telegrams any more? Apparently people in New Zealand would like to, though. Even though the New Zealand Post Office killed off its own telegram service in 1999 due to a lack of demand, they’re now bringing it back to life, as some businesses have been clamoring for it. Apparently, they’re useful for urgent notifications in areas where email and SMS messaging fail, such as the notice from your power company that they’re about to shut off your power. One nod to modern culture, though: they no longer need to end with “STOP.” Of course, now that they’re back to life, the New Zealand Post Office is wondering if they can be used for spam: “She says they are primarily being used as a means of debt collection, but could be also be used for marketing.” Just what we all need. Telegram spam.