This service has been terminated due to decreasing user demand.
From the statistics of expired accounts it was clearly visible that the service was mostly used as a throwaway address service. Only a handful of people were using the service as a bitmessage gateway, and a fair few treated it as a regular E-mail service. The number of people abusing the service had increased over the lifetime of the service. And although there were never any legal complications for the owner, dealing with legal requests is time consuming and not rewarding.
The official bitmessage client has not seen any notable changes lately. Development has mostly halted. No vialbe alternate clients have been developed either.
The service was gradually shut down.
Bitmessage.ch and related domains have entered a minimal maintenance state. No services apart from this termination page are provided from this domain anymore.
We run multiple bitmessage services that will continue as of now:
I want to thank the people that used the service the way it was intended
and those who donated to it.
This was never meant to blow up the way it did in 2013 and was only supposed to be a proof of concept. After 6 years there was still no identical and comparable service in existence, yet the userbase has dwindled. This shows that there is no demand for this kind of service. Regular encrypted E-mail systems exist already.