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The one thing that did piss me off was mentioned in the one star reviews as well. You have to use a mobile phone to set it up so they can steal all of your contacts. I bought a POS android phone from BB for $40 and used this to set it up since I could limit the contact info sent to amazon. I only added the contacts to it that I/they wanted. Stupid, but the voice activated 911 functionality was worth it. It is lame that amazon is using devices like these as Trojan horses to get into your contacts and data mine you however...
you can use any wifi enabled device to set this up - tablets, laptops, phones etc
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Cant echos make phone calls without these over the internet?
Echos cant call emergency services. If your home phone line can, then Echo will place an emergency call using your home phone line
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That was my understanding!
I just set up by echo dot and called the UK for free. If I use one of these would I not then be responsible for call charges on my regular phone service?
There is an option under settings where u can choose to use Alexa or Home Phone line for making calls. This device is particularly useful for emergency calling and hands free calling for your home phone line.
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The one thing that did piss me off was mentioned in the one star reviews as well. You have to use a mobile phone to set it up so they can steal all of your contacts. I bought a POS android phone from BB for $40 and used this to set it up since I could limit the contact info sent to amazon. I only added the contacts to it that I/they wanted. Stupid, but the voice activated 911 functionality was worth it. It is lame that amazon is using devices like these as Trojan horses to get into your contacts and data mine you however...
you can use any wifi enabled device to set this up - laptop, tablets etc. It will not grab any contacts.
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you can use any wifi enabled device to set this up - laptop, tablets etc. It will not grab any contacts.
That might be the case now but when it launched you had to set it up with a mobile phone. I tried with an ipad and they confirmed when I called customer service that a mobile phone was required.
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Regarding grabbing contacts... that was the case at first for any of the communications that required calling and I agree it was enough for me not to set up any calling. But two things now. One, you could use any device you have that can use the Alexa app and does not have contacts on it.
But second, now in the communications section of the app you can manually add one or many contacts that may or may not even be in your contacts without giving permission to access your contacts on that device.
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How easy is it to set this up with older Ooma hub devices (not Telo)?

Can you configure it so that all Echo devices at home do not ring when there is an incoming call? In other words, just use the Echo Connect for outbound calls and let the phones do the ringing when there is inbound.
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How easy is it to set this up with older Ooma hub devices (not Telo)?

Can you configure it so that all Echo devices at home do not ring when there is an incoming call? In other words, just use the Echo Connect for outbound calls and let the phones do the ringing when there is inbound.
easy and yes
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Didn't see it mentioned in the thread, but plenty of these on Warehouse deals with an extra 20% off. Only takes a couple more bucks off but may be worth it to some.
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Echos cant call emergency services. If your home phone line can, then Echo will place an emergency call using your home phone line
What's stopping Amazon from just letting Alexa dial 911? Some regulatory garbage? This device just seems so unnecessary.
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Cant echos make phone calls without these over the internet?
I have used the Alexa to make a phone call once. It has been a while ago, but I thought I read you get 3 free phone calls. But after that they charge you, can't recall how much, or if it was an add on app that was doing it. Never the less I didn't mess around with that as what ever I was doing didn't sound like I would be using it much, and didn't want to run out of free tries/attempts.

Somebody with more knowledge can give better clarity on this matter.
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The one thing that did piss me off was mentioned in the one star reviews as well. You have to use a mobile phone to set it up so they can steal all of your contacts. I bought a POS android phone from BB for $40 and used this to set it up since I could limit the contact info sent to amazon. I only added the contacts to it that I/they wanted. Stupid, but the voice activated 911 functionality was worth it. It is lame that amazon is using devices like these as Trojan horses to get into your contacts and data mine you however...
I totally agree with and not only Amazon, but also some other major firms namely Microsoft with their Win 10, Samsung, FB, Google, Apple, Phone carriers etc., are scooping through our smart devices and keep auto syncing all our data (Texts, Contacts, Browser history, pics, chats...) all the time and if you go through the log history you would be surprised how much data they collect. There's no such thing as privacy anymore. But wait until face recognition tech comes to life and see what they can do to our lives.
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I have had one since they were released and it is tied to my Ooma service. It has dropped off the active alexa devices list two times and had to be set up from scratch to get back on. Other than that, works great and since we have an echo in most rooms, it announces who is calling anywhere in the house.
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I have used the Alexa to make a phone call once. It has been a while ago, but I thought I read you get 3 free phone calls. But after that they charge you, can't recall how much, or if it was an add on app that was doing it. Never the less I didn't mess around with that as what ever I was doing didn't sound like I would be using it much, and didn't want to run out of free tries/attempts.

Somebody with more knowledge can give better clarity on this matter.
You can use Alexa to make unlimited calls over the internet, either to other Alexa devices or to mobile phones/landlines. Can't use Alexa to dial 911 though. If you have this echo connect device and attach it to your existing landline then you can dial 911.
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