With the advent of email, many people questioned the future of postal services in Kenya but it seems that Postal Corporation of Kenya has not only been able to hold its water but also capitalize on the emerging technology trends to propel itself forward.
The last bit of doubt got erased off my mind when postal corporation started partnering with emerging online shops like Jumia to deliver their customer’s purchases throughout Kenya and it seems that they are not done yet.
Postal Corporation has come up with yet another brilliant idea aimed at capitalizing the widespread use of mobile phones in Kenya to strengthen postal services in Kenya. Referred to as MPOST, this Virtual Postal Address System allows you to use your mobile phone number as your postal address.
All you have to do is register your mobile phone number with Posta and specify the area you reside in e.g. Nairobi and your preferred postal code. For example if you are in Nairobi you can choose 00100 for G.P.O if you feel it is the most convenient for you, 00618 for Ruaraka and so on.
And the best part, if you ever change your location permanently or temporarily e.g. for a holiday, you just need to update your postal code to reflect your new location and Posta will do the rest. When a letter or parcel is sent to you, Posta will notify you via SMS. You can then collect it from your preferred postal office.
How to Register Your Mobile Phone Number for MPost Postal Address
- Step 1: Send the word Mpost to 40777. This will connect you to the Posta mobile phone registration system.
- Step 2: Follow the prompts and fill in your name, ID number, and your current region of service (from among Nairobi, Mombasa and upcountry).
- Step 3: Agree to Posta’s terms of service by replying with the corresponding entry.
- Step 4: Complete the mobile phone registration process by sending 300 Kenyan shillings to Paybill number 506500 using the account number 07xxxxxxxx-Postal code. For example if your phone number is 072212345678 and your preferred postal code is 00618 (Ruaraka), your account number would be 072212345678-00618.
With the new Posta mobile phone addresses service, you don’t have to worry about that guy with whom you share an address box with but never goes to check it for letters. Please share your experience and thoughts about this postal corporation of Kenya service in the comments.