Google has acquired GrandCentral Communications, a start-up
that lets users manage their existing phones and voice
mailboxes over the Web as if they were a single account, the
company said on Monday.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Grand Central of Fremont, California is one of dozens of
innovative companies that are taking advantage of Web-based
software to allow consumers and businesses to make voice
calls over the Internet while also working with regular
GrandCentral was founded in late 2005 by Craig Walker and
"You get a single phone number that forwards to all of your
phones, giving you one number for life," Walker and Paquet
said in a statement on GrandCentral's Web site confirming
"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," Wesley Chan, a Google
product manager, said in a blog post on his company's Web
"This way, your phone number is tied to you, and not your
location or job," he said.
GrandCentral has been holding public tests of its service
for several months. Current GrandCentral customers will
continue to have uninterrupted service, Google said.
However, one feature that allowed users to upload their own
audio tracks to create ringtones now will be limited to
licensed music, GrandCentral said on its own site.
A limited number of invitations to receive GrandCentral
unified numbers will be available for users who sign up at
http://www.grandcentral.com, it said.