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Amazon’s New $35 Echo Connect Will Let You Make Phone Calls

Amazon’s New $35 Echo Connect Will Let You Make Phone Calls

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With Amazon Echo Connect, the landline phone may become obsolete in the future. The box allows you to perform calls through Alexa Voice command.

What is Amazon Echo Connect?

On its short-term hardware event on Wednesday night, Amazon introduced a series of new Echo devices and a new Fire TV model. As part of the product presentation, Amazon presented Echo Connect, a device that could be used as a landline phone.

What is Amazon Echo Connect?

On its short-term hardware event on Wednesday night, Amazon introduced a series of new Echo devices and a new Fire TV model. As part of the product presentation, Amazon presented Echo Connect, a device that could be used as a landline phone.

The Echo Connect box will give the Echo the ability to make phone calls. The new Alexa accessories can be used via the classic landline line as well as via VoIP. The device is connected to the WLAN network and the telephone jack or the VoIP Adapter. Echo Connect is set up via the Alexa app on the smartphone.

The calls can be initiated by calling the user. Any connection can be called from the stored contact list. The caller’s fixed line number is displayed to the called party. Anyone who is called via the Echo Connect is informed by the digital voice assistant Alexa. The caller is identified with the name entered in the contact list, and the user can give Alexa the command to answer the incoming call. A new device, Echo Connect, eliminates the need for a fixed line. Its use is simple and allows calling conventional telephone numbers or emergency services.

The company will also sell two new Echo devices. The first, Echo Plus, is an Echo speaker that also includes a native controller for home automation devices. With it the task of controlling lights, blinds, cameras or locks only with the voice is simplified since it will not be necessary to use a mobile phone or install specific apps to configure them.

The second, Echo Spot, is a much smaller version of the already known Echo Show, a speaker with screen presented earlier this year. With the approximate size of the tennis ball, Echo Spot is able to display on its circular display a clock, timers, weather, security camera videos or messages.

Among both Echo device, Amazon has also cast a new version of FireTV, the small adapter that connects directly to the TV’s HDMI input and allows applications to access the screen and video-on-demand service. The company will soon launch a new version compatible with 4K services that in addition to US, UK and Germany will also be sold in Japan. Finally, the company has announced an agreement with BMW to incorporate the virtual assistant Alexa in some cars of the German manufacturer. The Mini models of 2018 will be the first to incorporate this function, but only in certain markets.

Price

The Echo Connect is to be available in early 2018. In the US, the device is sold for $ 34.99.

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