TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Western Union Telegrams -- End of a Very Long Era

Re: Western Union Telegrams -- End of a Very Long Era
2 Feb 2006 11:38:22 -0800

Marcus Didius Falco wrote:

> Effective January 27, 2006, Western Union will discontinue all
> Telegram and Commercial Messaging services. We regret any
> inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you for your loyal
> patronage.

I tried looking up the message but it was gone. Nothing was on the WU
site except "Telegram" was blanked out.

I wish I had known before the closure so I could of sent a Telegram
just for the heck of it.

The question remains: Suppose you need to quickly send a message to
someone with an officially recognized receipt for legal purposes? I
don't think a fax reaches that standard because it's easy to forge a
fax receipt and no neutral third party is involved. Certified mail
provides a legal receipt, but is too slow for most purposes.

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