Grand Central – The new way to use your phones (R)

It is a well known fact that Google has their hands in EVERYTHING, and definitely in the mobile phone market.  What I wasn’t aware of is their acquisition of a company that calls themselves Grand Central, until my friend Dave told me he was using it.

What Grand Central boasts is a new way to look at phones, and is very web based.  I’m not entirely sure how it works, but it is a way to sync all your phones, and have much more control over your call forwarding and voicemail.  When you sign up for an account, you will get a new number that will become your only number, and you can instruct it to ring all of your phones at the same time.  Here are some of the other features worth mentioning:

1.  Call recording – records calls on the fly and enables online access to saved calls (as long as thats legal in your state)

2.  Ring different phones – this allows you to ring different phones based on who is calling.

3.  Call switching on the fly – no service and want to switch from your cell to home phone?  hit *

4.  Personalized voicemail, ringtones, ringbacks, for each caller or based on the phone you want to ring.

This service is much like Gmail was 5 years ago invite only and in beta, but I think  you should at least give it a read.  I am fortunate enough to have an invite, but I’m not sure I’m ready to make the plunge yet.  First I don’t entirely understand how it works.  Second, I don’t know how many features I need because nobody calls me.  Third, I only have one phone anyway.

I’ll be sure to update if I decide to do this, or maybe with a guest review from Dave.

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