Thanks to Amazon, it's time to kill your landline #techradio
  • Seriously though, if you want to stop paying for a home phone line, but still want a reliable fixed calling device at home, the Echo/Echo Dot’s new Alexa calling and messaging features makes for a good alternative.
  • My colleague Brett said it sounded just as clear as a regular phone call, which is great because if I’m ever to convince my parents to get rid of their home phone for an Echo, the call quality needs to be excellent.
  • And while I had an initial software issue with my Echo Dot (it wasn’t running the latest software build), once it was fixed, making calls was as simple as saying “Alexa, call Brett” and ending calls was an easy “Alexa, end call.”
  • For $50 I could set up an Echo Dot in my parents’ house, toss out the landline, and save them from ever having to pay a monthly home phone bill ever again.
  • If your friends don’t have an Echo at home, you won’t be able to use your Echo or phone to call them. Sure, they could just install the Alexa app on their smartphones, but if they don’t want to, it’s all pointless. Wanna call somebody in Asia?

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