ROLM phone, meet the internets
Written by Bwog Staff
Bwog has recently been made privy to Grand Central, a Google-owned program that allows users to sign up for one number that will make all your phones ring when called (both landlines and cellphones). Grand Central also has numerous creepy/cool features like requiring people to state the reason for their call before getting to speak with you and allowing you to record calls at a moment’s notice (without the other person’s knowledge, natch.) But like any cool toy, this one comes with a warning:
“Note: If you choose to record, be sure to check your local laws regarding call recordings. Most states only require one party’s consent (yours), but others require both parties to consent. There are significant penalties for recording a call without the other party’s consent in these states so to be safe you should let your callers know you are recording the call. It’s the nice thing to do regardless. ”
Orwellian! We like!
Bwog Arts Editor Justin Goncalves explains that you can actually switch the number from your cell to your room’s ROLM phone (the thing you unplugged and stored under your bed on move-in day), and use the phone to make outgoing calls. Says Justin: “I realize I’m way too excited about this, but I feel like others should know. Save your cell phone bills!”
…meanwhile, Google nerds across the world sit and wait…their imminent reign quietly yet unmistakably approaching.