I love the GrandCentral idea and have been kind of waiting to see what kind of integration Google is going to bring to the table after they acquired them. After a long wait, we are starting to see some activity in this front.
GrandCentral has been in private beta and new account sign-ups were only done via invitations. In fact, I gave out the 10 invitations that came with my account to my readers here. We have reviewed GrandCentral here and are really taken by the idea. In short, GrandCentral gives you a telephone number than you can link to your home/work/mobile phone numbers. When someone calls your GrandCentral number, you can have it set to ring your cell/home/work phone numbers or any combination of those. You can set rules for certain numbers to go direct to voicemail and even listen to see who is calling and transfer it to voicemail if you don’t want to answer at the moment. Plus, you get the convenince of checking your voicemail via a web interface or email even when you are away from home/work.
Google is now offering GrandCentral account to their Blogger users. They are offering the WebCall feature that Blogger users can now use to add a ‘Call Me’ button to their blogs and have their readers call them. This feature has been avaialble to GrandCentral users but I think Google is trying to widen its user base by announcing it to their Blogger blogging platform users.
Even though the announcement is for Blogger users, it looks like anyone can sign for an account immediately using this link. Will you grab one?