Yap Voicemail Shutting Down

After just a year’s run, Yap Voicemail service is on the block.  Yap is the Google Voice-like voicemail-to-text service for Android and iPhone. And it’s headed out the door.

I’m disappointed. I wrote a review of it five months ago, and the service is still humming. So far, Yap hasn’t announced the reason for its shutdown.

Where do Yap users go now?  There’s, of course, Google Voice — but I’d rather keep my conversations off of the search conglomerate’s servers.  Lesser known alternatives I’m considering are YouMail, Gotvoice, PhoneTag, VoiceCloud, and VoxSciences. I’ll be checking them out in reviews here at groovyPost soon.

Here’s the email Yap sent me:

Dear Yap Voicemail user,
On October 20, 2011, Yap Voicemail will be discontinued. To restore your phone’s original voicemail system, please dial the appropriate code directly from your phone:
##004# (for AT&T or T-mobile users)
*38 (for Sprint users)
*73 (for Verizon users)
Additional information is available at
Thank you,
Yap Support

Shortly after that email arrived, the website confirmed the closure.

Yap discontinuation notice



  1. Lapsang

    October 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I’ll be looking forward to your reviews. I’m really bummed. Yap was MUCH BETTER than google voice.

  2. MelSense

    October 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I look forward to the reviews of alternativa apps (not including Google voice). Yours was one of very few search results on the subject of Yap’s “discontinuation.”

    I’m pretty bummed myself. Yap was a lifesaver, and I love the simplicity of it –it’s not bundled into a full social network or email/profile system. That’s what made it great.

  3. Jean-Paul Gedeon

    October 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    We use Yap voice-mail for our company phones at JPG Hawaii.

    It helps us keep track of orders and clients messages.

    Bummer to see it go, but look forward to your reviews of the other apps.


    • Steve Krause

      October 14, 2011 at 6:50 am

      @Jean – Thanks for the feedback. A few of us here at groovyPost used Yap as well. We will keep an eye out for a good replacement.

  4. Barry

    October 29, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Hi! I have checked out the above mentioned apps. YouMail is a pay service, couldnt get VoiceCloud to work (asked for my email and password, which I didn’t want to provide and had no other instructions), couldn’t find the others. Anyone find an alternative??

  5. Kimberly L. Hill

    November 15, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I used to use Yap, then switched phones and was getting my voicemails the regular way. Then out of nowhere I get an email saying I had a voicemail on my Yap voicemail

    WHAT………………. Why would it reattach itself after so long.

    I tried to punch in the ##004# for AT & T but it doesn’t work. I don’t even have Yap installed on my iphone, not sure why or how this happened.

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