even by my standards the title of this post is obscure, but it’s worth the reach: it refers to woody allen‘s 1972 relationship comedy Play It Again Sam, in which the character played by TonyRoberts is constantly calling the office to let them know where to reach him. in an era before cell phones that gag was funny. these days it’s even funnier, and it is definitely hard to imagine having to “phone it in” just to let people know how to contact you. enter grand central.
GrandCentral is still in the beta testing phase (not ready for prime time use), but i’m using it now and it works flawlessly — which is hard to come by. most of the time services deployed over the Internet do not work as promised.
in the words of the developers:
GrandCentral doesn’t replace your phones; we just link them together and help them do more [by giving you a single number] that’s not tied to a phone or a location – but tied to you. you can be reached with a single number, answer a call at any phone you want, seamlessly switch phones in the middle of a call, and even know whether a call is important before you take it.
other features include:
check messages by phone, email, or online
keep all messages online
record and store phone calls like voicemail
quickly and secretly block an annoying caller
click-to-dial from your address book
each caller can have a custom greeting and ring
turn Mp3s into ring tones
forward, download, and add notes to messages
so i’d like to propose that the readers of this post give me a call at 630/388-7057 and help me try out the service. i will faithfully report any problems or shortcomings to the developers in my beta review.
and as always, thank you for your support.