Use Postcard on the Run to send cards in the real world

Postcard on the Run Lead

While the internet and electronic communication may have been a dent in the postcard business, it also seems it might have a bit of a revival thanks to technology. Nokia just announced Place Tag, an app to help create digital postcards from our Windows Phones. We had some hands on with Place Tag during the 2013 Mobile World Congress and was impressed.

Another company, Postcard on the Run, is also offering a postcards app for our Windows Phone that share's the same name. What’s unique with the Postcard on the Run app is that you actually send physical postcards.  Postcard on the Run just got a little update bump and we decided to take a closer look.

Postcard on the Run (www.postcardontherun.com) first popped onto our radar last year when they were announced as a future app on the Windows Phone platform that would come with Aviary editing built in. Unfortunately I didn’t come across any of the Aviary magic when I played around with the app. So how’s it work?

With the app you create a postcard. First by snapping a picture, adding some text and voilà - you’ve made a postcard. From there you load up a home address for a recipient pay the fee and a postcard will be made and sent to them. Prices aren’t too shabby either – either $0.99 or $1.69 depending on where you want the card to go.

Postcard on the Run screenshot

Postcard on the Run snuck into the Windows Phone Store back in September for Windows Phone 7 devices, but recently got an update that includes support for Windows Phone 8 (resolution, fast app resume, lock screen, etc), a new video feature, new borders, and bug fixes.

The app is fairly simple worth checking out if you want to send a personal note to someone back home the next time you’re on holiday.

It’s free in the Windows Phone Store for all Windows Phone users’ right here, QR code below, or swipe right in our app.

QR Logo Postcard on the Run



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RobinPaul says:

Cool App!, Btw guys Camara Extras also got Updated to

Sam Sabri says:

Thanks! We saw that earlier but didn't report on it because we didn't see any significant changes. Anything you see that's new with it that we don't? 

SAYSteez says:

Different number

RobinPaul says:

I think Smart Shooter is new, cause i don't remember seeing it before, but i could mistaken & new number build that's it. but I'm 75% sure it's the smart shooter
UPDATE: The updated version of Smart Shoot uses burst mode to take a sequence of photos so you can choose your favorite shot and the remove unwanted moving objects. And when you're done, share our pictures directly with friends.

Sam Sabri says:

Thanks! I'm going to grab dinner and will check it out after! :)

PS. I think Smart Shoot has always done that. But I'll double check. 

RobinPaul says:

Alright cool, & Bon Appetit  :)

L0gic Bom8 says:

Checking this one out. Will be great for my return home to San Diego this summer.

Ozi1950 says:

Does it work for international addresses or just the states?

Sam Sabri says:

They do both. Double check with their FAQ, but I think the higher priced one is for international.

absolutshame says:

I think the Nokia version is in the collection but only in Chinese.

mattixx says:

The Swedish mail company, Posten, has a similar service with a WP app: http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=aeab532f-a68a-4e86-8d14-8951f6c645ab

KLinCHI says:

So it's only postcards from the US? It'd be great to be able to send from outside the US for those go travel internationally.

DJCBS says:

I don't see the novelty here. Vodafone Portugal has a postcard App since WP7.5.

razor1973 says:

We don't all live in Portugal. ;)

razor1973 says:

I wonder about the quality of the paper they use as well as the print. I may have to send one to myself before I use this to send cards to anyone else.