Google To Acquire GrandCentral

Google is in acquisition discussions with telephone management startup GrandCentral, we've learned, and we have a high degree of confidence that the deal has actually been closed. We are trying to nail down the acquisition price.

The basic idea around GrandCentral is "one phone number for all your phones, for life." As we change jobs, homes and cell phones, there are a lot of phone numbers to keep track of, and keeping everyone up to date with your most recent phone numbers is a real cost. If you use GrandCentral you can give out a single phone number. What happens when that person calls that number depends on his/her relationship to you, and what you are doing at the time.

The company, which has raised less than $6 million in capital from Minor Ventures (the exact amount has never been disclosed), beta launched just last September. Earlier this year mainstream press and blogger attention heated up.

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This smacks of a solution looking for a problem: people routinely keep their mobile numbers, even when changing providers, don't tend to move house very often and shouldn't really give out a work number as a private contact. That makes 3 numbers (possibly 2, both of which are not subject to frequent change). Hardly a "lot ... to keep track of".

RhythmFlirt said,
Google is all about "freeeeeeeee"
i hope so. i found out about grandcentral from this news post and it's really cool.

Google is all about "freeeeeeeee"

Google is all about adware and collecting/selling user information. Nothing is freeeeeee.