Flurry, offering free email for your phone, raises $3.5M

flurry.bmpFlurry, a San Francisco company that offers an easy download for your mobile phone to let you email and read news for free, has raised $3.5 million in a first round of financing.

Flurry is useful because it helps you get email without having to buy an expensive smartphone. It lets you read news via RSS.

Now it hits crunch time. After signing up 140,000 users over the past year (we don’t know how many of them are active), it is about to start rolling out advertising to pay for the free service.

Draper Fisher Jurvetson led the round, and was joined by Draper Richards and previous investor Borealis Ventures. Here’s the announcement.

More on how Flurry works here. It is a Java client download. You can sync your contacts on your phone. You manage your account on your PC or with your phone’s Web browser.