What the hell is going on? First it was Ovi Files and now the image upload service VOX, available by default in most of Nokia Smartphones going to be down by September 30, 2010. Is it in reference of better integration with Flicker and Picasa etc in Symbian^3 and MeeGo or just bad coincidences?
The users of VOX, started receiving mail from Vox Team at 1156 Hrs GMT +0530 and like it was with Ovi Files, there is no explanation over the reason of closing down the service. May be not many users of the same service, but it was handy for me and other Nokia users for sure. We really wish to know that is something wrong going on or its just few shakeups before the better future?
Below is the content of the mail …
Important service announcement: Vox is closing September 30, 2010
Vox has been a fun place to explore, create and connect with your friends. But Vox is closing its doors on September 30, 2010.
This doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your blog. We want you to make sure you can keep the great content you’ve shared on Vox, and continue to have a home for your blog. To help you make the transition off of Vox, we’ve added new export features that make it easy to move your blog to a free TypePad account, and your photos & videos to Flickr.
If you’re an active Vox member we encourage you to read the information below about what’s happening during the month of September, and learn more about how you can migrate your content. There is more information at closing.vox.com.
What you need to know
Vox is no longer accepting new user registrations. If you have an existing Vox account you can continue to sign in to manage your account and view posts from your neighborhood.
On Wednesday September 15th, you will no longer be able to create new posts on Vox or upload new photos or videos. You will still be able to sign in to view your blog and manage your account.
On Thursday September 30th, your blog will no longer be available at Vox.com, and you will no longer be able to sign in to Vox.
Moving your blog, photos and videos from Vox
To help you make the transition off of Vox, we’ve made it easy for you to move your blog to TypePad and your photos and your videos to Flickr.
You can move your blog to TypePad, for free. We’ve developed a simple process to help you move your blog to TypePad. If you don’t have a TypePad account, we’ll step you through the process of creating one, help you create a free TypePad blog, and automatically import your Vox posts and photos into your new blog. Learn how to move your Vox blog to TypePad at closing.vox.com.
You can export your photos and videos to Flickr. If you used Vox primarily for sharing photos and videos, you may want to export those to Yahoo’s popular photo sharing service Flickr. We’ve developed a simple process that will automatically move your photos and videos to Flickr, while maintaining your privacy settings on your photos. Learn how to export your Vox photos and videos to Flickr atclosing.vox.com.
Additionally, the WordPress.com and Posterous services provide tools to help you import your Vox blog. Learn more about the import tools from WordPress.com and Posterous at closing.vox.com.
Thank you for your love and support of Vox over the years.
– Team Vox
I know it wasn’t a Nokia service, I know Nokia has their own alternative, but it was available in most of their Smart phones, at least in my Nokia N82, so sure it feel sad, if it departs before any alternative arrives from Nokia. A sad news.
So, what you think? Were you using this service or don’t care if its going down? Please share your opinions and if something more you find about it. I am waiting.