Alexa’s latest skill enables hands-free calling with T-Mobile

    “This is completely free for T-Mobile customers and is fully available to all Alexa customers today,” T-Mobile spokesperson Trang Nguyen wrote in an email. The edge. By comparison, Verizon you still charge $5 a month to use his Alexa skill.

    You can enable the new feature by opening your Alexa app and then going to More > Settings > Communication. Then select T-Mobile under accounts and follow along to link your accounts. You can also set it up by searching for the T-Mobile skill in the Alexa skill store.

    There are many ways you can make hands-free calls when you’re cooking at home or performing other busy tasks, but that often means having your smartphone nearby or a Bluetooth speaker that may not be ready. However, if you have an Alexa smart speaker like an Echo in your home, it can be much easier to make or answer a call.

    After the installation is complete, you can say commands like “Alexa, call John” or call numbers by saying, “Alexa, call 1-800-255-3700.” Incoming calls are announced and you can then say, “Alexa, answer call” or “Alexa, ignore call.” Connecting the phone service to Alexa also turns on emergency services, so you can say, “Alexa, call 911.”

    When you first complete the installation of the new T-Mobile skill, hands-free calling will be enabled on all Alexa devices you’re connected to by default and will ring across all devices as well. You might not want this if, say, you have an Echo device in a room where only your kids hang out. Fortunately, it can be turned off by going to More > Settings > Communication. Select T-Mobile, then you can choose which specific devices to use with the phone service and turn off incoming calls to select devices.

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