Last year, Alan Masarek made news as he left Google to become Vonage’s new CEO.
It depends. Some providers offer equipment for free (but you have to return it); other providers will sell you equipment (which you can keep).
Most residential VoIP providers and many business VoIP providers will give you IP phones or ATA adapters for free (ATAs are more common for residential service; IP phones are more common for business). You may have to return these phones if you cancel the service.
Other VoIP providers will not offer you free phones, but they will sell them to you. If you need to get phones or any other equipment, please check our VoIP Equipment Store.