In defense of iTelegram.com, it would be pretty cool to get one of these delivered to your doorstep.
In defense of iTelegram.com, it would be pretty cool to get one of these delivered to your doorstep.

Yes, you can still send a telegram

In case phone, fax, e-mail, FedEx or text messages are too easy, fast and cheap for your liking, it's good to know you can still send a telegram.

Yes, you can send actually send someone a telegram, that is, a message sent via telegraph lines formerly owned by Western Union. For $18.95, you can send up to 100 words to a friend or a loved one, and it will arrive in a mere two to four business days.

And yes, you can order the telegram online. This is easily the worst business model I have heard of since Miller Clear.

iTelegram, which apparently took over Western Union's service, offers this unusual pitch: "Even in today's world of mobile phones, text-messaging and e-mail, telegrams are still the thing that gets read first. People use them for cancelling (sic) contracts, contacting government officials and VIPs, social milestones such as weddings and graduations -- or just to say 'hello' in a unique way."

By comparison, a Priority Overnight envelope from FedEx costs about the same and obviously isn't limited to 100 words. A fax costs pennies, and an e-mail or text message is just about free. But hey, they don't arrive on a "standard telegram form, office-quality sheet paper or telex roll paper that will last for decades."

Apparently, the U.S. Postal Service is also setting up a Web site where you can type a letter to someone, and they'll print it out, stuff it in envelope and mail it.

Just kidding.

Anyway, now you know: telegrams, for some reason, still exist. Check it out for yourself at itelegram.com. STOP.

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megster37 | Nov. 5, 2008 at 11:25 a.m. (report)

Telegrams were totally the Twitter of the 19th Century! Stop.

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brunocarlson | Nov. 4, 2008 at 10:36 p.m. (report)

35104 Next thing you know, people will be delivering mail via horseback and put this out of business.

iPony Express: $149.95 (Arrival time varies due to weather, natives, or gunfights)

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