If they accept the number, homeless people could call in from any phone to receive their messages. Perhaps more importantly, having a phone number will also allow the homeless to fill out job applications and go to clinics for tests that require a phone call to share results.
You have to hand it to Google, this move looks absolutely great for them — but is there a flip side?
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GrandCentral was acquired last year by Google. The service allows users to sign up for free phone numbers that can redirect to their actual phone numbers so they don’t have to give those out on the web. Google just last week opened up GrandCentral access to bloggers (our coverage).
update: As Sean and Allen point out in our comments, GrandCentral has offered this free voicemail to the homeless before in the pre-Google days.
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