Google adds another start-up to the fold, acquires GrandCentral

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On Monday, Google announced that they had bought another start-up company. The company, GrandCentral Communications, lets users manage existing phones and voice services from a single number from a single access point online. The terms of the merger were not discussed, but the outlook for GrandCentral is good, and the users of both services are sure to see something cool in the near future because of the announcement.

GrandCentral is based in Fremont, California, and founded by Craig Walker and Vincent Paquet. The company describes their service as “…an innovative web-based voice communications platform that helps you manage all your phones and phone numbers through one simple interface. You get a single phone number that forwards to all of your phones, giving you one number for life.” The service is currently in beta testing after the merger with Google but applicants can signup for a chance to test the service in the near future. Google is plotting something for the service to be sure but at this point, neither company is saying much on the matter.

“We’re really excited to welcome the GrandCentral team to Google…We think GrandCentral’s technology fits well into Google’s efforts to provide services that enhance the collaborative exchange of information between our users…The service itself is unique, and for active people, who have several methods to communicate the help offered by GrandCentral will come in handy,” said Wesley chan of Google.

GrandCentral started when founder Craig Walker started to get frustrated when he needed to check three different sources for access to voice mail messages. Google’s Chan sums up the solution.

“If you have multiple phone numbers (e.g., home, work, cell), you get one phone number that you can set to ring all, some, or none of your phones, based on who’s calling. This way, your phone number is tied to you, and not your location or job. The service also gives you one central voice mailbox. You can listen to your voicemails online or from any phone, forward them to anybody, add the caller to your address book, block a caller as spam, and a lot more,” Chan added.

To signup and register for the beta of the service visit grandcentral.com

[Submitted by Reshadat]

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