Traveling Mailbox vs. iPostal1

Review and Comparison

Traveling Mailbox and iPostal1 both offer virtual mailbox services, but iPostal1 offers hundreds more addresses at less cost, including mail and package pickup. iPostal1 provides reviews and comparisons vs. other services to help you make an informed choice. We hope you find this Traveling Mailbox review of value.

Topline Summary

Traveling Mailbox offers 36 mailbox addresses, but really operates one central location at Sanford, NC with 35 satellite mailbox addresses that forward all mail to Sanford for processing. Monthly mailbox prices for the Basic Plan start at $15 at Sanford but are 33% to 66% higher at the satellite locations. Extended and Small Business plans are also available. All plans include a certain number of content page scans.

Mail pickup is not available at any of the mailbox locations. If you have a mailbox address at a satellite location, you will wait a minimum of 2 or 3 days before receiving notification of new mail, and you must ship all your packages to Sanford or pay extra to forward them from your mailbox address to Sanford. Traveling Mailbox offers integrations with several third-party services, including Evernote and Dropbox.

With iPostal1, you can select from over 2,000 real street addresses at professional pack & ship stores and coworking spaces in professional office buildings, starting at $9.99/month at over 775 of our locations. All locations process your mail on site, so you can view your mail on the day it arrives and pick up your mail or packages if you wish.

iPostal1 is the only digital mailbox service to offer real-time shipping price quotes for multiple carriers and levels of service, so you make an informed choice and save time when you want to forward mail or packages. iPostal1 also offers plans that come with phone and fax. Use the recently updated iPostal1 app to view and manage your mail, including expanded features such as consolidation of mail and packages, check deposit by mail, adding locations easily, and accessing multiple address locations from the same login.

Conclusion. While many of the digital mailbox features offered by both services are similar, iPostal1 provides several key advantages: many more mailbox address locations, lower mailbox monthly fees, no delay in viewing your mail, package receiving and mail/package pickup at all locations, real-time shipping prices, Virtual Office plans with phone and fax, and an updated sleek, fast app to view and manage your mail from anywhere.

Company Overview

Traveling Mailbox

Traveling Mailbox is a virtual mailbox and address service established in 2011 in Sanford, NC. The corporate location in Sanford is the operational hub, where all mail is processed and stored. They offer 35 other satellite locations, which include at the time of this writing 22 retail pack and ship stores and 12 workspaces, which receive mail but must forward it on to Sanford for processing.

They offer three mailbox plan types that allow users to view an image of the outside of mail received, then use an app or go online to manage their mail. All plans include the same basic services but vary in price according the number of incoming mail items each month, number of page scans included, and number of mail recipients.


iPostal1 is the worldwide leader in the digital mailbox industry, introducing digital mailbox technology in 2007 at our own retail pack and ship store, and improving it every year since. Launched in 2015, iPostal1 is now the largest provider network with over 2,000 locations in the U.S. and abroad. Postal mail and packages are received, stored and handled at your selected address.

You view and manage your mail and packages with an app for iPhone or Android, or online. With a few clicks, you can request to open and scan, forward, shred, discard or pick up mail, and even deposit a check. Plans are designed to deliver great value, depending on how much mail you expect, with an option to add phone and fax for a virtual office presence. The free iPostal1 app was recently updated to provide expanded features and a sleek, intuitive user experience.

iPostal1 Digital Mailbox

How iPostal1 is Different vs. Traveling Mailbox

  1. Honest advertising. iPostal1 advertises a monthly price starting at $9.99, which is available at over 775 of our locations. Traveling Mailbox advertises a Basic Plan mailbox price of $15 per month on their pricing page, but the truth is that only the Sanford, NC address offers this price.

    Three Traveling Mailbox addresses charge $24.95 for the same Basic Plan and the remaining 32 addresses charge $19.95. The same is true for their Extended and Small Business Plans – all but the Sanford location are $5.00 or $10.00 more than advertised.

  2. Cost. The fact is you can get a virtual mailbox with iPostal1 for $9.99 at close to 800 locations that includes 30 mail items per month. With Traveling Mailbox, you pay $15.00 at Sanford and $19.95 or $24.95 at their other mailbox locations for 40 mail items. That means you will save a lot of money with iPostal1 – from $60 to $180 per year if you typically receive up to 30 mail items per month.

    When it comes to scanning mail content, why pay for higher price plans with ‘free scanning’ if you don’t need it? And if you do plan to scan mail content, with iPostal1 you pay for it only when you use it. It’s only $1.50 per content scan order up to 10 pages with an iPostal1 Discount Bundle.

  3. More addresses. There are over 2,000 real street addresses in the iPostal1 network at professional pack and ship stores and executive business centers in prestigious office buildings, with new ones added weekly. Traveling Mailbox has 36 address locations.

  4. Delivery time. With iPostal1 you get access to your mail the day it is received. With Traveling Mailbox, unless you have the Sanford address, you must wait a minimum of another 2 or 3 days to be notified that you have new mail.

    All iPostal1 locations are professional shipping stores or workspaces that securely receive, store, and manage your mail on location. All satellite locations with Traveling Mailbox just receive your mail and then forward it to Sanford, NC.

  5. Mail pickup. With iPostal1, you can pick up your mail and packages at any location. With Traveling Mailbox, there is no pickup at any location.

  6. Package receiving and pickup. You can receive and pick up packages at any iPostal1 address. Shop online and have a safe, secure, and convenient location to protect your packages from porch pirates, then pick up them up when you get home.

    However, with Traveling Mailbox, you can’t pick up packages. In fact, if you have any address other than Sanford, you must ship your packages to Sanford or pay extra to forward them there.

  7. Real-time shipping prices. iPostal1 shows real-time shipping prices for multiple carriers and levels of service, so you can quickly choose the option that best meets your needs and budget.

    With Traveling Mailbox, you don’t know what the cost will be until you receive a reply with a quote – and you still won’t know what other shipping options would cost in order to make an informed choice.

  8. Plans with local phone and fax. iPostal1 Virtual Office plans, for as low as $39.99 per month, come with Digital Mailbox service plus a local or toll-free phone and fax number, to create a complete virtual office presence. Get phone forwarding, digital voice mail messaging, and faxes delivered as PDF documents right to your Digital Mailbox. Traveling Mailbox does not offer plans with phone and fax.

Feature Comparison: Traveling Mailbox vs. iPostal1

Feature iPostal1 Traveling Mailbox
Real street addresses Over 2,000 36
All locations process mail onsite Yes No
Get access to your mail the day it is received 2 or 3 days later, except Sanford
Package receiving All locations Sanford only without extra cost
Pick up mail All locations Not Available
Digital Mailbox Plan pricing $9.99 to $39.99 Sanford $15 to $55; Others $20 to $65
Free mail items received per month 30 to 240 40 to 200
Plans that come with local phone and fax Yes, starting at $39.99 Not available
Interior mail content scanning $1.50 for up to 10 pages with Scan Bundle 35 to 180 pages included with plans
View and manage mail with an app for iPhone and Android for iPhone and Android
Real-time shipping prices with choice of carriers Yes No
Check deposit by mail Yes Yes
Free mail storage 30 days 60 days
Register your business All locations All locations
Integrations No Dropbox, Evernote,
Recycling and Shredding Yes Yes

Help Me Decide

Evaluate your needs carefully and make the best choice for you. Be sure to consider the host of advantages offered by iPostal1: lower cost mailbox fees, a much larger network of real street addresses, same-day access to new mail, mail pickup and package receiving at all locations, and an updated sleek, fast app to view and manage your mail from anywhere.

iPostal1 has a fully staffed customer service team available to answer your questions or deal with any problems. iPostal1 is BBB accredited with an A+ rating. Customers rate iPostal1 as 4.8 of 5 stars on Google reviews, and ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot. But do not take our word for it - check out the reviews for yourself.

iPostal1 Virtual Mailbox Plans

  • Virtual Mailing Address

    With Digital Mailbox for me or my family. Starting at $9.99/month.

    Click to Learn More
  • Virtual Business Address

    With Digital Mailbox for My Business. Starting at $9.99/month.

    Click to Learn More
  • Virtual Office

    With Digital Mailbox plus phone and fax. Starting at $39.99/month.

    Click to Learn More

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 2,000 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.

List your Shipping Store, Workspace or Mail Center address on iPostal1

Contact us