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Big rumor of the day: Google is buying GrandCentral. We checked with GrandCentral and they declined to comment. If it indeed does happen, it would be delicious irony: Craig Walker and Vincent Paquet were with DialPad, which got sold to Yahoo. So this would even the […]

Big rumor of the day: Google is buying GrandCentral. We checked with GrandCentral and they declined to comment. If it indeed does happen, it would be delicious irony: Craig Walker and Vincent Paquet were with DialPad, which got sold to Yahoo. So this would even the score. GrandCentral has raised about $4 million from Minor Ventures and has been looking to raise more cash. Google dollars might be an easier option.

Many have been wondering why the search giant is buying this start-up?
“GrandCentral’s message of One Phone Number, for life also fits nicely with Google’s aspirations to be your one mailbox, and online identity resource,” writes Alec Saunders. Though, I think, this would be Google’s attempt to add more oomph to the Google Apps, integrate GrandCentral and make them more useful for small and medium sized businesses, without disrupting their existing voice infrastructure.

You can read why it would make sense by visiting this hand-on review over on Web Worker Daily. Also, from the archives: Our previous GrandCentral coverage.

(Disclosure: GrandCentral was one of the sponsors of an ETel/GigaOM LaunchPad after party.)

  1. So what exactly do Google software developers develop?

    GC is neither original nor all that complicated.

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  2. GrandCentral seems boring to me, nothing special.

    I get the same service from Sipgate. They also give “one number for life” that has already moved between many ISPs with me. But Sipgate gives this number for free and they give it here in Europe, where I need it. Callforward to other phone / mobile phone included.

    From Sipgate you can even get a flatrate to call all Europe for just 8,90 Euro a month. Why pay $15/month to GrandCentral for a “full-featured account” that in fact serves only to receive calls? No outbound calls included.

    I don’t see the point of GrandCentral. But I know that Google has very much dark fiber capacities and that it’s they start the cool phone services we are expecting yet for years.

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  3. it’s time they start the cool phone services

    (I forgot a word)

    Markus

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  4. @markus doesn’t understand what GC offers. Go have a look at the website. It’s not (just) a forwarding service. Actually, forwarding really isn’t involved.

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  5. I like GrandCentral a lot. It’s both cool and useful. The buy gives Google the ability to offer fully integrated messaging without the purchase of a server. Telephone equipment providers are crying in their beer. (Something they started years ago.)

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  6. But then again all the key folks were already friends per this help section image on GrandCentral!!

    http://www.grandcentral.com/images/landing/addressbook_screen.gif

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  7. This would be great. GrandCentral is a great service, having the power of Google behind it would just make it better.

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  8. techuntangled Monday, June 25, 2007

    When you think about it, this makes sense for Google (not considering the financials/RoI here). It gives them an instantaneous telephony platform that compliements Gmail and GTalk. 4 things that Google could do with GrandCentral:
    1) Connect to the PSTN
    2) Collect user information
    3) Data-mine voicemails and recorded calls for ever for advertising and user profiling.
    4) Call from a web Page.

    Read the whole thing at http://techuntangled.com/what-could-grandcentral-do-for-google

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  9. <p>This would be great. GrandCentral is a great service.</p>

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  10. goowho?

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