As usual with rumors take this one with a grain of salt. GrandCentral has gone dark since early 2008 after they were bought out by Google. Many users are still using the service free of charge but they are not allowing new members. This all points to a new version 2.0 launching soon since Google did not axe the project with the rest of their recent cutbacks. They even mentioned back in April of 2008 that a new version is coming soon.
You can read more about the latest rumor to go around hinting towards a revamped GrandCentral 2.0. I get a request for an invite about once a day for GrandCentral so there is definitely some interest.
Personally I think this definitely has some potential for Google…Imagine:
- Your voicemail and email mixed in Gmail with access between them
- Call a Gmail address
- Contacts sync between the two systems
- Google Talk presence connection for GrandCentral
- A BlackBerry (Or more likely Android) application for GrandCentral
As you can see there is definitely some synergy with other Google products. I am just glad that rumors are no longer pointing to GrandCentral being cut due to the current economy. If you really need a GrandCentral like service and cant wait but are willing to pay check out www.ribbit.com.