With all the emailing and text messaging we do it may seem that phones have lost their place, but the ring of an incoming call is still an important part of personal and business life. In fact, most of us have more phone numbers and voicemail accounts than we know what to do with, and reaching each other with a quick call has never been so complex. GrandCentral has a solution: one phone number that will ring all your phones. Once you get a number from GrandCentral, you can pick up a call from any phone you’ve included in your GrandCentral account. When multiple phones ring, you can grab the call with your landline or mobile phone – your choice. Better yet, friends, family, coworkers, and clients only need one number in the rolodex for you – a number that will never change, no matter how often you move or switch jobs.
GrandCentral is more than a number, though. The web application is packed with features, including the ability to record calls, switch from one phone to another in the middle of a call, listen in as a voicemail is being left for you, or leave separate voicemail greetings for your spouse, mother-in-law, and boss. GrandCentral also uses “visual voicemail,” which allows users to view voicemail messages in an online inbox, so you can see who’s left a voicemail and listen to that urgent message your boss left last night before hearing this week’s update from Aunt Elsie.
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Although there is no other application that does exactly what GrandCentral does, there are a few other web-based voicemail systems: