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 http://yapinc.com/yap-voicemail-faq.html
Shortly after that email arrived, the yapinc.com website confirmed the closure.