Review and Comparison
When it comes to 21st century mail management in the digital age, you have choices. iPostal1 provides reviews and comparisons vs. other services like Earth Class Mail to help you make an informed choice. No service is right for everyone, so you must understand how your needs and budget match up with what the marketplace offers. We hope you find this review helpful.
Bottom line: If you need to deposit 5 checks per month, then Earth Class Mail might be for you. For everyone else, however, the high cost, limited number of real street addresses available, and the delay in receiving your mail makes Earth Class Mail a bad deal. With iPostal1, you get a choice of over 2,500 real street addresses at a monthly rate as low as $9.99, get access to your mail the day it is received, and pay only for the services you really need, when you need them.
Earth Class Mail
Earth Class Mail is based in Beaverton, Oregon. The company emerged from bankruptcy in 2015. They were recently acquired by LegalZoom, but there are no changes for existing or new customers. Earth Class offers six business plans, with the lowest at $19 per month and the highest $229 per month. There are 80+ addresses offered in cities across the U.S., but more than half of those are USPS PO boxes, not real street addresses. USPS PO box addresses receive deliveries only from the USPS, not from FedEx or UPS, and cannot be used to register your business.
Earth Class Mail forwards all mail and packages to Beaverton, Oregon or New York City for processing. You receive notification of your mail in most cases 1 to 2 days after it is received at your selected address. Items received in cities without a processing facility require additional transit time (1-3 business days). The check deposit plan is $39 per month and includes 5 monthly deposits.
For just an address, the cost is $39 per month, and you pay $4.00 for each scan and $10.00 for each check deposit. You cannot pick up your Earth Class mail at any location.
iPostal1 is the leader in digital mailbox technology, which it introduced for use at its own shipping store in 2007. The service was so well-received by users from around the world that in 2015, iPostal1 began building a network of digital mailbox locations, which now consists of over 2,500 real street addresses at professional retail pack and ship stores and coworking spaces in professional office buildings across the U.S. All locations receive postal mail and packages from all carriers. Plans begin as low as $9.99 per month.
Mail and packages are received, stored, and handled at your selected address. You view and manage your mail and packages with an app or online the very same day it is received at your address. With a few clicks, you can request to forward, open and scan, shred, discard or pick up mail. All scans of letter content are high-quality.
iPostal1 also offers Virtual Office plans, beginning at $39.99, which include digital mailbox service plus local or toll-free phone and fax number to help businesses create a complete virtual presence in one or many markets.
How iPostal1 is Different vs. Earth Class Mail
Cost. With iPostal1, you choose the plan that best fits your needs and save money. The cheapest plan with Earth Class Mail, at $19 per month, forces you to use their Beaverton, Oregon address and has limited capabilities, whereas you can choose from over 2,500 real street addresses with iPostal1 for as low as $9.99 per month. Save even more with an iPostal1 annual plan for only $99. Pay-as-you-go for content scans as low as $1.50 vs. $4.00 with Earth Class Mail.
Delivery time. With iPostal1 you get access to your mail the day it is received, but you must wait at least another 1 or 2 days with Earth Class Mail to view mail, and even longer if you want it shipped to you. All iPostal1 locations are professional shipping stores that securely receive, store, and manage your mail on location. Pick a location near you for easy pickup. Earth Class Mail handles mail multiple times and forwards it for processing to Beaverton, Oregon or NYC.
Address quantity and quality. There are over 2,500 real street addresses in the iPostal1 network, with new ones added weekly. Earth Class Mail has about 80 addresses, but more than half are USPS PO boxes where you can't register your business or receive deliveries from every carrier.
Plans with local phone and fax. iPostal1 Virtual Office plans, for as low as $39.99 per month, come with Digital Mailbox plus local phone and fax number to create a complete virtual office presence in any market. Get phone forwarding, digital voice mail messaging, and faxes delivered as PDF documents right to your Digital Mailbox. Earth Class Mail offers nothing like this.
Feature Comparison: Earth Class Mail vs. iPostal1
|Feature||iPostal1||Earth Class Mail|
|Real street addresses||Over 2,500||Around 30|
|Virtual Address plans price per month||$9.99 to $39.99||$19 to $229|
|Free mail items received per month||30 to 240||50 to 100 (or pay as you go)|
|Mail content scanning||As low as $1.50 per item scan||$4.00 per item scan|
|Offers plans with local phone and fax||Yes||No|
|View and manage mail with an app||Yes||Yes|
|Get access to your mail||The day it is received||1 to 2 days later|
|Security with encryption||Yes||Yes|
|Register your business||Select from over 2,500 locations||Cannot use PO Box locations|
|See real-time shipping prices for mail forwarding||Yes||No|
|Check deposit||$4.95 for up to 5 checks plus postage (available at most locations)||$10 per check or $39 for 5 checks|
|Pick up mail||All locations||No|
|Receive packages at every location from every carrier||Yes||No|
|Free mail storage||30 days||30 days|
|Free package storage||30 days||10 days|
|Mail and package storage after 30 days||Yes||Yes|
|Secure shredding||$2.00 for 6 pages||Free|
Help Me Decide
Unless you are a business that needs to deposit 5 checks a month, iPostal1 offers a host of advantages vs Earth Class Mail: lower cost, faster access to your mail, a much larger network of real street addresses, and real-time shipping prices.
iPostal1 has a fully staffed Customer Service team available by phone, email, or live chat to answer your questions or deal with any problems. iPostal1 is BBB accredited with an A+ rating. Customers give iPostal1 high ratings on every major review site. But don't take our word for it - check out the reviews yourself!
Choose the Virtual Mailbox plan that works best for you!
Virtual Mailing Address
With Digital Mailbox for me or my family. Starting at $9.99/month.
- Get a real physical street address
- View and manage your mail remotely
- Prevent mail and package theft
- Protect your privacy
Virtual Business Address
With Digital Mailbox for my business.
Includes everything in Virtual Mailing Address plus:
- Use it to register your business
- Upgrade your business image
- Optional office building address
With Digital Mailbox plus phone and fax. Starting at $39.99/month.
Includes everything in Virtual Business Address plus:
- Local or toll-free phone and fax
- Call forwarding and voicemail
* Plan pricing varies by Standard, Select, Premium, or Prestige mailbox locations.
iPostal1 Virtual Mailbox Locations
iPostal1 virtual mailbox locations are professionally staffed, secure, full-service, mail center locations. Each mailbox has a physical address and can receive your mail and packages and then forward, scan, recycle, shred, or let you pick them up. Access your personal digital mailbox online or using our free app.
Choose a virtual mailbox location here from our network of over 2,500 mailbox locations or view only office buildings and workspaces or discounted international forwarding mailbox locations to save up to 80% on international shipping from the U.S.
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