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PhoneGnome is a VoIP service launched in 2005 by TelEvolution, Inc. of Danville, California, United States.[1][2][3][4]

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.[citation needed] This was a significant deviation from all previous consumer VoIP products that were offered as subscription-based services.

The product saw initial success, but at US$119 some people balked.[who?] To get free point-to-point calling, two units had to be purchased.

In the fall of 2006, the product received a major re-vamp and was re-launched as PhoneGnome 2.0[5][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.[6]

PhoneGnome is also significant in being one of the few VoIP services that is also a platform open to third-party partners and developers.[7]

See also[edit]

Visual voicemail


  1. ^ "Introducing PhoneGnome". GigaOM. 2005-07-16. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  2. ^ Pogue, David (August 2, 2007). "State of the Art: Get Your Free Net Phone Calls Here". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  3. ^ "TelEvolution Bows Tellme Partnership". Twice. 2007-03-12. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  4. ^ Gibbs, Mark (2005-10-10). "Connecting existing phones to VoIP". Network World. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  5. ^ Lazar, Lonnie (November 15, 2006). "PhoneGnome 2.0 Debuts". Voxilla. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  6. ^ PhoneGnome - Blog
  7. ^ Tehrani, Rich (June 19, 2007). "PhoneGnome: Is PhoneGnome from Televolution the ultimate CLEC 2.0 Enabler?". Communications and Technology Blog - Retrieved 2009-01-20. 

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