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If you’re still utilizing Amazon’s Echo Connect to make landline calls through Alexa, the clock is ticking to maintain that connection.
As confirmed by a representative from Amazon in response to inquiries from one user he shared on reddit, the curtain falls on Echo Connect services come February 29, marking the end of an era. To soften the blow, each Echo Connect user in the U.S. will receive a $10 Amazon gift card as a parting gift. Originally priced at $35 upon its launch in 2017 by Amazon, the Echo Connect has served as a bridge between traditional landlines and the innovative world of smart home assistants.
However, fear not, for alternative avenues for making calls with Alexa still abound. One such avenue is linking Alexa to your mobile number, a process compatible with an array of cellular carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon in the U.S. Yet, it’s worth noting that some carriers may levy additional charges for this service.
Here are some options to explore alternative:
Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) – Elevate your smart home experience with the latest iteration of Amazon’s iconic smart speaker. With improved sound quality and enhanced Alexa capabilities, the Echo Dot (4th Gen) is a worthy successor to the Echo Connect.
Google Nest Mini (2nd Gen) – Dive into the Google ecosystem with the Nest Mini, a compact and stylish smart speaker that packs a punch. With Google Assistant at your beck and call, staying connected has never been easier.
Apple HomePod Mini – Experience the unparalleled sound quality of Apple’s HomePod Mini, coupled with the seamless integration of Siri. Whether you’re making calls or listening to music, the HomePod Mini delivers a premium audio experience.