A Netherlands startup has introduced the concept of email postage. To be able to send an email to a customer of the startup, others have to pay a fixed fee that goes either to the recipient of the email or to a charity foundation.

Signing up for an email account at the wrte.io website is arguably the easiest way to earn bitcoins. Anyone who joins the project can charge people a fee they have to pay if they want their letter to arrive at its destination. In a way, this is similar to snail mail postage stamps, the only difference being that the recipients decide on the fee themselves.

When an e-mail is sent to a customer of the startup, the sender receives an invoice from wrte.io, asking them to pay the amount specified by the recipient. The invoice includes a bitcoin address and a QR code. Fees may range between 0,99 US cents and 1,000 US dollars, payable either in bitcoin or in dollars by credit card. When the payment is verified by wrte.io, the email is forwarded to the recipient.

To be able to collect the fee, a user must have a Stripe account, available in 19 European countries, Australia, Canada, and the United States. As CoinFox wrote previously, the Stripe payment processor has recently began to accept bitcoins. Otherwise, the user may ask for the fee to be sent to the charity website watsi.org, a San Francisco startup funding healthcare for people around the world. A part of the fee (5.5% in bitcoins or 7.9%+0.30 USD if dollars are used) is collected by wrte.io.

When asked by Cryptocoinsnews Cryptocoinsnews about the benefits of the service, Ivan Pashchenko, the founder of the startup, answered:

“We provide the service to create a paywall. If a sender thinks he can have more value from sending his email than the paywall price, he would probably pay for it.”

He thinks a service can protect people from spam. It can also be used by popular individuals tired of receiving too many emails. According to the Business Insider, “It’s also kind of a psychological experiment in how far people will go to get your attention”.