Disadvantages slightly confusing at the start
Yak is an online forward messaging service.Is that all, what’s the big deal?
Well yes that’s all it is basically but the brilliance behind it is what can do for you. If you are a frequent traveler or you tend to move home/rented accommodation etc then people trying to find you can be a nightmare. With YAC they call or fax just one number (your yak number) and are directed straight to you via which ever number you choose from home, work, or mobile. You can access these numbers frequently via your mobile phone, a normal landline or a computer to update them. .It’s even useful for the average person because you can receive calls and messages on holiday (should you want to be bothered!), you need never loose contact with family or old friends because they will have a number that they can always reach you on. How many people have you lost contact with because you or they moved?
What features do I get?
You can also choose a personalised greeting and change your call screening options. There is also an option to send a voice message via e-mail to up to 15 people but I haven’t given that a try yet so I don’t know that much about it.Do I need to download anything?
In most cases no. You do need windows 95 or later and you will need real player if you choose to receive voice messages via e-mail. But you can download real player if you don’t already have it, most computers will though. My computer is about 1 ½ years old and is just your basic P3 56k modem thingy and I’ve had no problems what so ever, the messages download quickly and easily to my inbox and are as clear as a bell.So how much does it cost?
Well to receive the messages it costs you nothing at all. It does cost extra to the person calling you though, the BT rates are 32 p pm at peak times, 22 ppm evenings and 10.5 ppm weekends and per second billing applies. Other phone operators charge at the same rates as personal numbering services although I’m a BT customer myself so I can’t tell you more than that.If you have a mobile you can use outside the UK then you are normally charged roaming fees, divert your calls to a land phone outside the UK and you will only have the fees charged by the country you are in. Inside the UK mobile phone operators are obliged to inform you of their costs (apparently!) when you dial the yac number.
Not as bad as you might imagine really considering and for the average Joe Bloggs it won’t be used very much anyway but it’s useful just in case.
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