PhoneGnome / SoftGnome

TelEvolution, makers of PhoneGnome, have now come out with an add-on service offering called SoftGnome.

A PhoneGnome is a Sipura analog-telephone-to-VOIP- adapter that has been reflashed with TelEvolultion’s special software to provided added functionality. The adapter is inserted between your telephone and the telephone line. When you dial a number, the PhoneGnome checks to see if the dialed number belongs to another PhoneGnome user. If it does then the PhoneGnome routes the call through the Internet for free. Also, if the call is a long distance call, and you’ve signed up with an affiliated VOIP service provider, the PhoneGnome will route the call through that VOIP service provider. Lastly, when you receive incoming calls, even regular telephone calls, the PhoneGnome can let you take advantage of special features such as telemarketing screening or a voicemail-to-email service.

SoftGnome, which is being sold for approximately $5 per month, allows you to have a VOIP “extension” to your PhoneGnome. This means you can use a free softphone, another VOIP analog adapter located at a different location (even on the other side of the world) or a VOIP wifi handset, as an extension to your regular phone. Calls you make using the SoftGnome service dail out through your home phone. And calls you receive on your home phone can also ring on the SoftGnome device.

Pretty cool new product.