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GrandCentral - One Free Phone Number For Life

Published 9/30/07 (Modified 3/9/11)
By MoneyBlueBook

I think Google's GrandCentral slogan should be straight out of the Lord of the Rings - One Number to rule them all, One Number to find them, One Number to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. Well I guess everything except for the darkness part. :)

If you've been trying to find a way to organize multiple phone numbers or just want an extra free number from a particular area code, then you might want to take a look at what GrandCentral has to offer. When you sign up for a free GrandCentral account, you are provided a free custom phone number that is not tied to a particular cell phone plan or location. The idea is that you use this one phone number as your primary phone number even when you switch jobs or move.

When someone calls you on the number you created through GrandCentral, the incoming call is routed to any one of your phones. The call can even be set to go directly to voicemail, where messages are saved for as long as you want.

Use It As a Separate Business Number

I'm currently running a home business and I use my GrandCentral phone number as my business line. For my purposes it's a lot easier and more cost efficient than buying another phone or paying for an expanded phone plan. Business calls are sent to my GrandCentral number but it can still ring my regular cell phone. The caller ID setting will let me know that it is a business call and I can obviously handle the call in the appropriate business fashion. I like how GrandCentral offers many customizable functions. If you don't want to handle certain calls, you can set it so that those calls are automatically send to voicemail.

Neat GrandCentral Functions

Some of the cool and interesting features that your GrandCentral phone number account includes:

  1. The ability to re-route different Caller ID's to different sources. If you want business calls re-routed differently, you can have it forwarded to a landline for example. If you want personal calls sent to your cell phone, you can do that too.
  2. A voice mail box that will save your messages forever. This is handy because many regular phone carriers usually delete messages after a certain amount of time has passed.
  3. An online WebCall button that you can put on your website and have phone calls routed to your personal phone line.
  4. The ability to listen in and interrupt a voicemail as it is being recorded by the caller.
  5. A call recording function that allows you to save your actual phone conversations.

You Have to Receive A Grand Central Invite Email to Join

GrandCentral currently still remains in beta test mode. Everything works fine but you can only join if you receive a Grand Central invitation link from a current user. I wish I could give GrandCentral invitations out but there are too many people that would want one and not enough invitations to go around. My suggestion is to buy one from eBay. You can easily get one for less than a dollar.

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8 Responses to “GrandCentral - One Free Phone Number For Life” 

  1. Educated Prole says:

    Too bad PayPal won't let me send more than twenty cents.

  2. Raymond says:

    Um, can you clarify on that a bit?

  3. Minimum Wage says:

    GrandCentral is a great idea but it's useless if you can't complete the activation.

    I received an invite but the GC activation is not compatible with just a single landline. I got a phone number but couldn't complete the activation. My email automatically scrolls off after a few weeks and I lost my invite, so I thought I'd buy one on ebay, where they are available for 99 cents. But PayPal would only let me send 20 cents (because I'm not Verified and I'm bumped up against their sending limit., so that didn't work.

    But then PayPal closed my account for inactivity. (Well, DUH, there was no way to use it if I could only send 20 cents.) So I called PP and they got me signed up again and I got Verified without the huge hassle I had previously.

  4. cleaning bus startup says:

    I did a search on ebay for the grandcentral phone number, but was unable to locate it. Can anyone guide me to the right place? Thanks!

  5. Raymond says:

    Cleaning Bus,

    I did a search on eBay for Grand Central invites as well and you are correct that they've all disappeared. I checked my GC account and it appears Google has discontinued the new Grand Central member invite function - or at least I wasn't able to locate the option setting to send out new GrandCentral invites.

    My advice is to visit Grand Central's main web page and submit a request to reserve a Grand Central phone number. As the site mentions, Grand Central is currently going through its Beta test phase (still after all these months) and will open up the system for new sign ups eventually. Not sure why the free telephone number program is still not publicly available.

    I got my Grand Central invite a year ago via eBay when it first came out. Back then there were plenty of invites...now they seem to have become extinct.

  6. srik says:

    I am fan of google. I want use grandcentral in my IPhone, If you have invitation, please send invitation to getur.srikanth @gmail.com

  7. David Monaco says:

    GrandCentral Accounts Now Available at (link)

    Google has closed all future invites, the website above is currently
    the ONLY way to get a GrandCentral Account...

    Go there NOW! Only a few left and they're going FAST!!!!

    Good Luck & Happy Holidays! :-)

  8. Doug says:

    David Monaco Says:

    December 18th, 2008 at 3:44 am
    GrandCentral Accounts Now Available at (link)

    Google has closed all future invites, the website above is currently
    the ONLY way to get a GrandCentral Account…

    Go there NOW! Only a few left and they're going FAST!!!!

    Good Luck & Happy Holidays!

    - I just went there and the site is down. Anyone know if Google is still moving forward with Grand Central?


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