SOURCE: GrandCentral

January 08, 2007 09:00 ET

GrandCentral Provides World's First PhoneSpam Filter

Community-Contributed Database to Protect Everyone From Unwanted Callers for Free

FREMONT, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 8, 2007 -- GrandCentral Communications, Inc. (, a next-generation personal communications company that offers unprecedented protection, control and personalization features to its customers, today announced the release of its community-wide PhoneSpam™ Filter. The first of its kind, this free service employs GrandCentral's proprietary technology and its own database of abusive callers together with a user-generated list of telemarketers to filter out unwelcome or insidious calls with a check of a box.

"In the phone world you don't have the tools to protect yourself. You're naked," said Craig Walker, CEO of GrandCentral Communications. "Unsolicited phone calls from telemarketers, scam artists and other annoying callers are intrusive and unwelcome and continue to be an issue. This is the first time everyone can be protected on all their phones and the protection only increases as the community continues to contribute information."

The PhoneSpam Filter is part of GrandCentral's One Number...for Life™ service that provides customers with a local number that will ring all of their existing telephones. With this unique, new feature people can now report telemarketers and other unwanted callers to GrandCentral at and once confirmed these numbers are added to the PhoneSpam Filter. Whenever one of the numbers on the PhoneSpam list calls a GrandCentral user who has enabled the filter, those calls will be caught by GrandCentral and sent directly to the users' PhoneSpam voicemail folder. As more telemarketers and abusive callers are reported, the community-wide system increases in its effectiveness and provides even greater protection to GrandCentral customers.

The PhoneSpam Filter is one of the many features provided to GrandCentral's customers as part of its FREE service that work across all phones regardless of type, network or service provider. Other privacy features include Call Screening, ListenIn™ which lets you listen from any phone to your voicemail messages as they are being left, and PhoneSpam and Block lists which let you flag any message in your inbox as PhoneSpam so that all future calls will be blocked or go directly to a customer's PhoneSpam voicemail folder.

About GrandCentral

GrandCentral Communications is a next-generation personal communications company that gives consumers unprecedented control over their phone calls by integrating all existing phones and voicemail boxes into one through the GrandCentral number. GrandCentral has developed the most comprehensive feature set available in the market today and works seamlessly across all existing telephone networks, systems and devices. The company is privately held and based in Fremont, CA. For more information on GrandCentral, or to sign up for a free account, go to Protect, control, personalize.

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