April 13, 2008
GrandCentral is down right now, to much gnashing of teeth [techcrunch].
I’ve been a big fan of GrandCentral since the beginning, and I still am. But I didn’t trust them back when they were a plucky startup, and that didn’t change with their acquisition by Google.
One of their original promises was “a free phone number for life”. Unfortunately, “life” on the internet is usually 3-5 years, less time off for bad behavior or poor market estimation.
September 27, 2005
I’ve been a Vonage customer for going on two years now, and I have to say that Voice Over IP (VOIP) is an exceedingly cool and (for the most part) simple-to-use technology.
You get a box from the VOIP provider, plug it into your broadband router, and plug your phone into the box. Instant dialtone — what could be easier?
But what if you don’t want your phone right next to the router?
July 15, 2005
I abandoned my local telco about a year and a half ago, and went with VOIP from Vonage. It’s saved me a pile of cash over that time, and I seriously like the features and the call quality — most of the time.