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PhoneGnome 2.0 Rocks

PhoneGnome 2.0 just went live. David Beckemeyer and his team have dropped a blockbuster update on the world.

The price has been cut dramatically.  The introductory price of $59.99 is pretty compelling.  But, what would you think if that was $59.99… and it included all the long distance calling you wanted to friends, and family?  That’s right!  Starting now, anyone can become a “member” of PhoneGnome without having to pay anything.  Once a member, other PhoneGnome users can call them for free.  So, got get yourself a $59.99 PhoneGnome device, sign your friends up and ditch your long distance plan. They even have an option for you to use an existing ATA and avoid the $59.99 fee. As David says on the PhoneGnome blog:

With the holidays approaching quickly, what better way to connect with the people close to you, for free. Set up accounts for your mobile phone or second home line and save even more

For iotum users, you can get a PhoneGnome, sign up for the iotum service (an annual $40 charge), and freely forward calls to any of your phones as well. 

I’m impressed!

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Larry Bradley November 14, 2006, 1:03 pm

    I am a relatively new VoIP user with a business and technology background. I have been put-off by the inconsistency of QoS in pure VoIP. However one of the things your blog has taught me is that you can enjoy many of the benefits of VoIP while retaining the better voice quality of a PSTN line. I am referring to click-to-calls. Hullo, in particular, offers great voice quality. I also bought phonegnome a while back based on your recommendation.

    However I've stopped using phonegnome. I liked the concept of reducing my Bell bill to just dial-tone. I also like the promise of more and better features at an attractive price. However I'm not using any of them right now. Some of this is discovering I prefer the Bell version of some features like voicemail. Other features like follow-me are available on other services like Hullo. I would like to try Iotum but have not got a recent enough version of Outlook.

    My point is that phonegnome's value proposition has turned out to be a bust. It is not phonegnome's fault. It comes down to personal preference on my part. I just wish I could have discovered I was not a good candidate before spending the money to buy the product.

    BTW, I enjoy your blog and have learned a lot. All the best, Larry

  • Alec November 14, 2006, 1:18 pm

    Thanks Larry! I think that it does, in many cases, boil down to personal preference. My wife couldn't stand the phonegnome voice mail, for instance, so I had to turn it off. Best, A

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