Do You Really Need Three Phone Numbers?
GrandCentral, a phone service that wants to simplify your life.
GrandCentral doesn't have to be perfect to be worthwhile, and the 9,076 testimonials posted on its site as I write this include plenty of mash notes from customers who seem to love it unreservedly. But I'm still waiting for someone to reinvent the phone number as something that feels like a technological match for the powerful device that my phone has become. Or, better yet, to eradicate the whole antiquated practice of representing human beings with 10 hard-to-remember digits. Hey, I can dream.
Harry McCracken is editor in chief of PC World.
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