Google officially picks up GrandCentral

Summary:Google said Monday it officially acquired GrandCentral Communications, a voice communications services company that allows you to integrate phone numbers and voice mailboxes into one Web account.Here's what Google had to say:We think GrandCentral's technology fits well into Google's efforts to provide services that enhance the collaborative exchange of information between our users.

Google said Monday it officially acquired GrandCentral Communications, a voice communications services company that allows you to integrate phone numbers and voice mailboxes into one Web account.

Here's what Google had to say:

We think GrandCentral's technology fits well into Google's efforts to provide services that enhance the collaborative exchange of information between our users.

The general idea is to tie a number to you instead of a location such as your job or cell phone. Google says it will migrate GrandCentral to Google's network. Current users will have uninterupted service, but beta registrations will be limited.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but TechCrunch is putting the price tag at about $50 million.

Also see Crave's report.

Topics: Google, Mobility

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