Amazon has just officially revealed the new Echo Show with video calling capabilities, but that’s not the only device that will be getting calling and messaging capabilities. All Amazon Echos and Echo Dots will now have the ability to receive voice calls as well as voice messages, if you choose.
If you enable the feature, you can make and receive voice calls to other Echo and Echo Dot owners. To make a call, just ask Alexa to call someone on your contact list. You can see who is available to receive calls through the Alexa app. When receiving a call, the Echo device’s light ring will glow green and make an audible beep. To talk, just tell Alexa to answer the call.
In addition to making calls, you can send voice messages to people. Say “Alexa, message [name]” to begin recording a voice message. The recipient’s Echo device will alert them to an awaiting message with a beep and green light and they can play the message whenever they want.
Messaging is not limited to Echo devices. They can also be initiated through the Alexa App, even if the individual does not own an Echo device. You can start and answer calls through the app. You can also type out and send text messages through the app, which will then arrive on the Echo device and be read by Alexa.
All of these new communication features, whether it be video calls, voice calls, or voice messages, are completely free with no usage charges. They are already available starting today.
For a full overview of how the call and messaging system works, see this post.