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Initially the service required a landline and customized Customer-premises equipment (CPE) device. It was perhaps the first really plug and play consumer-ready VoIP offer that was sold as a piece of hardware. This was a significant deviation from all previous consumer VoIP products that were offered as subscription-based services.
In the fall of 2006, the product received a major re-vamp and was re-launched as PhoneGnome 2.0[unreliable source?] as a free service that supported web-based telephony, PC-based calling, "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD), and the original PhoneGnome hardware, now referred to as the "PhoneGnome box" (which also received a price reduction).
As of July 21, 2007, the company claimed to be serving customers in over 100 countries.
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