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Teleflip Has Flipped For Good

Teleflip, a Los Angeles-based start-up that allowed you to send SMS messages to one and all has flipped for the final time, according to an email sent by the company to its customers. Teleflip Tony David wrote:

We’ve gone as far as we can with our financial resources, and the piggy bank is empty. Effective Friday, August 15, 2008, at 9:00AM Pacific Daylight Time, Flipmail will no longer be operating for either public or private use, and will be turned off at that time. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you, however our other popular email to text service, Flipout, will remain functioning.

I have emailed Davis to find out the details. Teleflip that got going in 2003, received a lot of publicity in the New York Times, PC Magazine and several other publications, mostly because it allowed non-smart phones to get email via SMS. The company started off as a simple email-to-SMS service running out of founder Guy Botham’s bedroom. In August 2006 they raised an undisclosed amount of money from GRP Partners in LA, and made Davis the CEO.

Checkout their Wikipedia page. Alec Saunders shares his thoughts on the shutdown of the service, pointing out that as smart phones become commonplace, the need for a Teleflip type service isn’t necessary. We first wrote about the company in March 2007 when they launched at DEMO 2007.

14 Responses to “Teleflip Has Flipped For Good”

  1. Stephanie B.

    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?

    • Stephanie B.,

      I’m a web developer; perhaps I could develop what they offered; The problem is I never saw and/or used their site so I’d need someone to provide me with as much details as possible about how their site worked, what you liked, what you disliked, etc…

  2. I could not be more bummed about this. I actually developed the platform before the VC came in. I’m happy it helped so many people, and I’m sorry the money was squandered away so quickly. Learned a lot from the experience. Anyone know how to investigate where all the money went? I’d love to know.

  3. Erik Schwartz

    I don’t think smartphones have reached a tipping point (and certainly data services have not)

    I just think reading your email 160 characters at a time is a crappy user experience.