Thursday, December 13, 2007

Review: Grand Central - Free virtual phone line!

Update: GrandCentral Upgrades To Google Voice!
Update 04/25:
Grand Central currently is not allowing invites. Hopefully its only temporary!, currently in Beta, is an amazing phone tool. And its totally FREE.

It gives you your own local number anywhere in the US which you in turn can forward to any number in the US, along with a whole lot of features.
  • Check your messages by phone, email, or online
  • Keep all your messages online for eternity
  • Forward, download, and add notes to your messages
  • Record and store your phone calls (just like voicemail)
  • Quickly (and secretly) block an annoying caller
  • Click-to-dial from your address book
  • Surprise your callers with a custom voicemail greeting
  • Hear who is calling before you answer the phone.
Why would you want it?

1) If you keep on changing numbers and want to have just one number that you can always be reached on, you don't have to keep on notifying all your contacts of a new number, because you can just make your Grand Central number forward calls to the new number.

2) If you are moving to another state, but keeping your cell phone and original number, and want to have a local number where people can reach you on. Get a Grand Central local number where you live, forward all calls to that number to your cell phone, keep your old phone (and number) and jut tell people your Grand Central number.

3) If you want people to always be able to reach you: if Grand Central usually reaches your home phone and you'll be away for a while, you can make it reach a phone at your destination... or your cell phone while you're en route.

4) If you have a basic landline without Caller ID or voicemail (i.e. you have Lifeline). If you give people the GrandCentral number, it will provide you with those features for free!

5) If your plan doesn't include long distance, you can use Grandcental to call anywhere in the US or Canada.

6) If you have internet on your phone you call Canada for free (just using your regular minutes) using Grand Central Mobile.

7) You can listen in to someone leaving you a message, then decide if you want to answer that call or not.

8)If you answer the phone on your cell phone, you can transfer the call to your landline just by clicking *.

Check out their site for everything it can do.

Make sure to read the review on The Gizmo Project to make this really work for you.

Google claims the basic forwarding service will always be free. What exactly they consider the 'basic' part I am not sure, but for now everything is free.

As of now you need to get invited by another Grand Central user. Post a comment or email me at for an invite.


Anonymous said...

thank you so much.
I need an invitation to grandcentral. can u please send me a invitation to,

Anonymous said...

Hey thanks very much for the invite. To return the favor I sent an invite to ur email. said...

You're welcome

Anonymous said...

are they still not allowing invites? said...

That's right. Unfortunately.

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