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HOT! GrandCentral to Evolve Into Google Voice Very Soon

Back in the end of January we told you that Google was prepping GrandCentral 2.0. Google purchased GrandCentral back in 2007 and let it slowly die by not accepting new users over time. According to the official Google Blog this will all change shortly. They have released a preview of Google Voice that will take over for GrandCentral. If you already have a GrandCentral account over the next couple of days you should receive instructions on how to start using Google Voice. They will then open it up to other users…

The features page for Google Voice looks pretty interesting but not crazy different from GrandCentral. Voicemail transcripts sounds awesome though! Here is to hoping it will stay free.

googlevoiceGoogle number – One number for all your calls and SMS

Google voicemail – Voicemail as easy as email, with transcripts

Voice features – More cool things you can do with Google Voice

Thanks Tashanna and Eliezer for sending this one in!

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  1. I’ve had one for about a year now and Love it! I hope they don’t take anything away, like my free calls to Canada.

  2. I’m in!
    One lousy thing I can say so far is that it does not bring over your old voicemails. Fortunately, they do not cut off access to the old grandcentral site so you can still get those voicemails.
    Contact list also not migrated – defaults to Google contacts.
    The transcription looks to be a bit better than that of the free services provided by YouMail. An interesting thing they seem to do is slightly fade the text just a bit of the words they are not completely sure about.
    More comments to come…

    • After waiting in no-development limbo for almost a year, I am so friggin psyched for this! Haven’t gotten the upgrade link yet, but in anticipation I have already added my GC number to T-Mo MyFaves, & changed the caller ID accordingly.

      I do wonder what happens now with call rates, since theoretically if all my calls start coming and going through GoogleVoice, they’d be free & unlimited. Of course, I’m still paying out the ass for a BlackBerry data plan. But still, it seems like a conundrum.

      After that Google Contact Sync fiasco*, my feelings toward BiG Brother soured, but I gotta hand it to ’em — they sure know how to completely upend entire industries with innovative ideas (if not homegrown, at least observantly acquired).

      Lastly, re: YouMail. Sorry to say, but good riddance. I get more spam from them than even my landlines have ever gotten. Talk about a shitty, disrespectful business model.

      *And now that gSync is ironed out, it’s actually better for me that my Google Contact list gets imported rather than my GC.

  3. Shucks – they are charging 1c/min to Canada.
    Only 2c/min to Israel

  4. Sweet. Free voicemail transcripts. HAHA youmail, guess you’re going out of business.

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