launched in 2009, provided visual voicemail, let you set up personalized voicemail greetings for individual numbers and could send voicemail transcripts and recordings to your email.
Google didn't mention the end of Google Voice Lite in its blog post announcing the new apps and website. The only official mention of Lite's discontinuation seems to be this Google Voice help page. That page used to contain instructions for setting up Google Voice Lite, but now sit just tells you that Google Voice Lite is no longer available for new accounts and provides instructions on how to upgrade a Google Voice Lite account to a full Google Voice account.
The good news is that existing Google Voice Lite accounts are grandfathered so if you are already using it you can keep on doing so. For new users looking for something similar to Google Voice Lite the best known alternate visual voicemail service is YouMail which provides free and paid visual voicemail options. The basic free YouMail service includes visual voicemail and call blocking. The basic service's inbox can only hold 100 voicemails. The $5 per month plan increases the inbox size to 500 and adds voicemail transcription and forwarding voicemail to email. Other visual voicemail services with a free tier include HulloMail and Fusion Voicemail Plus.
Like Google Voice Lite, YouMail, HulloMail and Fusion Voicemail Plus only work with carriers that support conditional call forwarding. Not all prepaid operators do. Carriers reported to support conditional call forwarding include AT&T GoPhone, Cricket, Verizon Prepaid, PureTalk USA, Selectel, H2O (PayGo only), Airvoice (PayGo only), Ting, Ultra Mobile, Tello, and TracFone brands on the AT&T and Verizon networks. Carriers that do not support conditional call forwarding include Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, T-Mobile Prepaid, MetroPCS, U.S. Cellular Prepaid, Lycamobile, Red Pocket, Republic, TPO, RingPlus and TracFone brands on the T-Mobile and Sprint networks.