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Teleflip’s final Flipmail?

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SMS email provider Teleflip is shutting down their Flipmail service on Friday.  When they premiered at DEMO in 2007, the premise was that everyone could have email on their mobile phone, without having to buy a smart phone.  The company burst onto the scene with a coast-to-coast PR blitz resulting in breathless headlines with the message that any cellphone could act like a BlackBerry.  Now that smartphones have reached the tipping point, driven by red hot products from Apple and RIM, it’s easy to see how Teleflip would have come under increasing pressure.

And so, in a manner befitting Teleflip’s business, just a few minutes ago I received the final Flipmail from the team.  Delivered by SMS in three pieces it reads:

Subj: Important Note From Teleflip

Dear Teleflip Beta User: Thanks for being part of the beta testing group using our Flipmail service, however, we are now ending this service.  We’ve gone as far as we can with our financial sources, and the piggy bank is empty.  Effective Friday August 15, 2008 at 9:00AM Pacific Daylight Time,

Ex-employees I spoke with spoke of budgetary cuts, and that most employees, excepting the C-Suite, had been laid off in January to reduce burn in an effort to conserve cash while raising additional capital.  None could confirm that the company was indeed winding up, however, and suggested I reach out to CEO Tony Davis.  We’ll see what he has to say.

Judging by the fact that their website security certificate expired 4 days ago, I would say that things don’t look promising.


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  • Gerd Berg August 27, 2008, 10:21 am

    I was sorry to see teleflip go – it saved me a lot in data roaming charges (ipaq 6950) –
    found a great free replacement http://www.amikamobile.net same email to text service

  • Winifred Stephany September 5, 2008, 8:38 am

    So, where did the investor's $4.9 million received by the company in January go?

  • Stephanie B. September 18, 2008, 1:41 pm

    At our company we have text messaging block for all phones because it was costing us too much per month. At one time we were paying up to $4,000 in text messaging for Nextel alone! And we have 3,200 phones on Nextel. To work around that, we were having our 1,070 Blackberry users, on all our cell phone vendors, use Teleflip to text their customers. Now that Teleflip is down we have been researching to find something, anything similar to Teleflip that does not require us to download any type of software or register for any service, even if it is free. Has anyone found a service similar to Teleflip that would meet our needs?

  • Tom September 22, 2008, 3:33 pm

    Red Oxygen has a service with their Red API. You can send the messages mobilenumber@redoxygen.net. But, you have to pay for it.

  • kats lilly January 6, 2009, 9:14 am

    Well since teleflip is gone you guys can try out phonenumber@beltic.com
    there coverage is even bigger than what teleflip used to cover.
    Or vissit their site at http://www.beltic.com

  • The Truth February 17, 2009, 7:30 pm

    The Dude above is a Spammer. Do not use beltic.com. Virus laced webpage.

  • cs June 23, 2009, 9:42 pm

    The Truth lied, it works really well.

    just do the +12345698@beltec.com, for instance, Or in other words make sure you use add +1 in the US and it works great.

  • Vistor July 9, 2009, 8:46 pm

    The Truth is correct beltic.com has a trojan or virus just when you go to the main page. I had my Kaspersky Anti Virus running it it caught it!

  • justin bryan July 2, 2010, 6:13 am

    Text messaging is the new tread of marketing products because of uses of mobile phone. According to recent survey about 90% US people read sms and this shows how people interested in mobile. Sending sms through shared short code or own brand short code to customer helps to reach your products to customer. Short code is now used by all popular reality shows, programs, games and election campaigns to send or to populate their message to targeted audiences. see also http://www.txtimpact.com/shared-shortcode.asp

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