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Old 09-09-2006, 06:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was browsing the board and i came across "Teleflip" This has me a little curious because with my blackberry on the way does Teleflip actual transmit sms messages as email. Seeing how i am on a cingular network each message sent using the persons [email address] would register be seen as data. Is this really true?
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Old 09-09-2006, 07:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just scanned through their page quickly. Even though you are using data to transmit your receiver would still be receiving a text message.

Don't you have to pay for the Teleflip service?
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I am trying to figure out a way of getting around spending extra for a text message plan because some of my friends text me from time to time. I guess it would depend on what sort of plan they have and their carrier to be able to email me giving me a break on sms messages. Am I right?
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I have used it and it is very simple and free; there are no charges for text messages and the Teleflip service is free.
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Sending out 100 messages #@teleflip.com messages is free. However, incoming messages is not free (or dependent on provider). For example, I have no SMS plan on Cingular, so I get charged 10 cents a message.
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Sending out 100 messages #@teleflip.com messages is free. However, incoming messages is not free (or dependent on provider). For example, I have no SMS plan on Cingular, so I get charged 10 cents a message.
This is not true. Since you are sending an EMAIL, it will come to the users phone as an email SMS. The email will be from your BackBerry email address, so when they reply, it goes straight back to your email. Therefore, you are not charged at all.
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This is not true. Since you are sending an EMAIL, it will come to the users phone as an email SMS. The email will be from your BackBerry email address, so when they reply, it goes straight back to your email. Therefore, you are not charged at all.

Yup that's how it works. Great service. Not sure how they make a buck.
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This is not true. Since you are sending an EMAIL, it will come to the users phone as an email SMS. The email will be from your BackBerry email address, so when they reply, it goes straight back to your email. Therefore, you are not charged at all.
Yep, your right, I just tried. My mistake, thanks for catching this! I have been avoiding sms, now I don't have to!
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I have tried teleflip on many occasions, and havent had any luck. Messages go out, but are never received.
I added a second email address, using the phones SMS email address. They come to the recipient as a text message, but I dont get charged (Alltel's is [email address]).
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here are a few more

[email address] - t-mobile
[email address] - cingular
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Yup that's how it works. Great service. Not sure how they make a buck.
I've read the posts here regarding Teleflip.

Does Teleflip send any software to your device?

Sounds too good to be true and I'm a bit sceptical.

My BlackBerry's are running perfectly and I'm not one to add any software or anything that will muck-up a great BB.

Please Advise, your help is greatly appreciated.

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I've been using it about a year now to send messages to my son at college, while I am at my desktop computer in my office. There is no software, no problem. It's the same as using the carrier's e-mail address at the end... It still counts as a text message to the phone receiving it.

The purpose of teleflip is this: If you don't know the recipients carrier (TMO, Verizon, etc.,) you can send as [email address] and teleflip determines the carrier, you don't have to know.
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I've been using it about a year now to send messages to my son at college, while I am at my desktop computer in my office. There is no software, no problem. It's the same as using the carrier's e-mail address at the end... It still counts as a text message to the phone receiving it.

The purpose of teleflip is this: If you don't know the recipients carrier (TMO, Verizon, etc.,) you can send as [email address] and teleflip determines the carrier, you don't have to know.
Your example of usage would work very well for me, as I too have a son away at college.

Do you have to go to their web site from your computer to use it?

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Also forgot to mention that their site contains a message about a change in service and a place to be notified, when they get ready for a "new launch" sometime this month.

They re-named the first version Flip Out, but said they are still servicing existing users.
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Do you have to go to their web site from your computer to use it?Thanks
No, just use it. Last I checked, you could use like 5,000 per month with no cost. Check their site at teleflip: coming soon.

I don't work them and have no connection, I just know its a good work around. Also good for someone who wants to create a group on their blackberry contacts to text to a group of people. It is not possible to create a group of telephone numbers for SMS, but with their # and teleflip, you can enter as an e-mail address in your address book, and then create a group.
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Your example of usage would work very well for me, as I too have a son away at college.

Do you have to go to their web site from your computer to use it?

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No -- just send the email (theirnumber@teleflip.com) just as you would any other email.
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