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Package Tracking Apps

With more and more of our shopping done online, more and more of us are eagerly awaiting delivery of packages.

But if you want to get a better handle on your orders and when they might arrive, PC Mike Wendland has three apps that can help — and just in time for the holiday shopping season.

17Track is one of the best totally free options for tracking your packages. It includes more than 220 carriers and lets you add up to 10 tracking numbers at once. Set your smartphone to receive push notifications for status changes, The app is free for iOS and Android.

Slice by Rakuten is another free option that also serves as a kind of online shopping assistant that just happens to pull double duty as a package tracker. Use slice to track price drops for items you want to purchase, find product recalls and find deals on products. The app is free for iOS and Android.

ParcelTrack is great at the basics and has a no-frills interface. With ParcelTrack, it’s all about package tracking. There’s also a Notification Center Widget that lets you quickly and easily track packages without unlocking your phone.  ParcelTrack is free to use with iOS and Android, but there is a one-time $2.99 in-app purchase for some additional features.

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.