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UPS Adds Text Delivery Notification & More, Gadget Lovers Rejoice

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That loud shout you just heard was the entire gadget ordering population rejoicing in the new UPS My Choice program, which will send out alerts to help you know when UPS is going to deliver your packages.

The new service launches on October 3rd and includes a slew of free and paid options that will allow you to take more control of your UPS deliveries, and hopefully avoid failed deliveries forever.

Here’s how “Out for Delivery” has changed for UPS deliveries.

UPS My ChoiceThe new UPS My Choice program offers the following benefits for free,

  • Text, Email or Phone alerts
  • Approximate Deliver Time
  • Authorize Delivery Without Signature
  • Hold for Will Call at UPS Facility

You can also pay $5 for the following benefits, if you opt for the premium $40 a year UPS My Choice Membership these are inclued for free.

  • Deliver to UPS Store
  • Reschedule¬†Delivery
  • Deliver to Another Address

Additionally Premium members can take further control of their UPS deliveries  with the following benefits.

  • Delivery Planner – online calendar of deliveries
  • Leave At Instructions for Drivers
  • Leave With a Neighbor Instructions
  • 2 hour Delivery Window – $5 fee per delivery for premium members

Sadly, UPS has stopped short of allowing you to see where the UPS truck is located for stalking the driver to get your new phone a little bit faster.

These changes make it much nicer for those of us waiting for a new gadget, or gift, to arrive. There are plenty of times where I would gladly pay the $5 fee to have a package delivered to a nearby UPS Store, and it is nice to have easy access to send to a UPS Facility. If only Fedex allowed me to pay $5 to send the occasional package to the UPS Store.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

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