I don’t know how many people use TeleFlip but I know I use it every once in awhile. It was a very simple service. You sent an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and it would automatically convert the email to an SMS message and sent it to the phone number specified. It even let non-smartphone users get their email as SMS messages.
According to GigaOM they sent the following message to all their users today:
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.
According to Saunderslog the regular email to SMS feature should still be functioning but the signs do not look good for the company. Its a telling sign that their SSL certificate has already expired as of the 8th of August. Saunderslog also reported that most employees were fired due to budgetary cuts.
It is sad to see such a lauded company fail but it makes me wonder what happened. Maybe they could not make money on a free service…