My family is a GrandCentral family. We’re all like “Hey, honey, GrandCentral me!” and my wife is all like “I just GrandCentralled your mother. And your son just GrandCentralled in his diaper.” That’s how we roll. We love the service, which is part secretary, part answering machine, and part forwarding service. Check it out. When I signed up, they were giving out phone numbers that you can use to forward all of your calls, which was very cool.
Well, it looks like Google has GrandCentralled GrandCentral and that the days of free phone numbers might be over.
We’re really excited to welcome the GrandCentral team to Google. While we’re moving their technology over to Google’s network, a limited number of invitations will be available to register for a GrandCentral beta account. If you have a U.S. telephone number, you can sign up for an invitation at www.grandcentral.com. Current GrandCentral customers will continue to have uninterrupted access to the service.
The one thing I’m worried about is that note about having a U.S. telephone number, which suggests that they might be changing the service in the future.
TechCrunch is reporting the deal was in the $50 million range, which seems awfully low for such a well-made service.
All aboard [GoogleBlog]